To be honest, I'm surprised that Java doesn't smoke FPC, a multi billion company against a handful of hobbyists ?
Having said that, the popularity of Java means there are a lot of resources so maybe it's easier for a newbie programmer to get started with.
Was the FP test run outside of Lazarus. ie: Without a debugger present?What FP optimization level was used?
I like Java, the only problem like with C# is that you must:- distribute the runtime stuff (java, net dll) with your program- tell the user to download the runtime stuff (well, with C# some comes pre installed with Windows or with automatic updates)
[Doesn't the JRE come preinstalled in Windows? I haven't used it for years so I don't know, but I imagine if you try to run a java application the OS will download it for you.
Well, you can always bundle a specific java version for each software, nowdays 80 mb is not too much for TB hard disks.