Why are so many languages written for the Java VM?

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I'm flabbergasted by the number of languages that have been written for Java VM. Why are so many needed? What is it about Java that makes so many people write new languages for it as opposed to building a new VM for each new language?

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  • FredMate

    A Java virtual machine (JVM) is a virtual machine that can execute Java bytecode. It is the code execution component of the Java platform. Sun Microsystems has stated that there are over 5.5 billion JVM-enabled devices. (wikipedia)

    Therefore code written to run on top of this can run on multiple devices/PCs/Operating Systems, so once the free Java download (java.com) has been installed - your code/progam can run on it.

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