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Java is a commonly used programming language, plus the ecosystem allowing Java programs to run unchanged on almost any hardware and software platform. See "about the java tag" for initial help.

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By the way, I like the stackoverflow tag wiki: – George Bailey Jan 21 '11 at 16:12
yeah that one is pretty funny. – jjnguy Jan 21 '11 at 16:15
Can we protect that SO tag from vandalism? Funny might become a crime in the future on SO. – abel Jan 21 '11 at 19:03
@abel: What's your point? – George Bailey Jan 21 '11 at 19:06
The SO Tag wiki is funny. With things becoming stricter and funny posts being "frowned" upon, that Tag wiki could go the way of the dodo. – abel Jan 21 '11 at 19:08

Fixed, I think.

Let me know if you'd suggest any changes. I tried to preserve the initial meaning.

Java is a commonly used programming language. It is popular because Java programs are designed to run unchanged on almost any hardware and software platform. Java also refers to the Java Virtual Machine which is used to run Java programs. See "about the java tag" for initial help.

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I thought we were fast to fix things. 3 minutes... hard to beat! – George Bailey Jan 21 '11 at 16:15
@George, kinda bored at work right now. Lots of time to kill. – jjnguy Jan 21 '11 at 16:16
That is a muchly better sentence, plus the phrasing makes me better to understand. – Bill the Lizard Jan 21 '11 at 16:17
@Bill, thanks. I've been using English for about 23 years now; I hope I've gotten good at it. ;) – jjnguy Jan 21 '11 at 16:19
@Justin, good effort, but you dropped a point. The original mentioned that "Java" also refers to the platform (or "ecosystem") that the Java language uses. Not sure if that was intentional on your part. – Pops Jan 21 '11 at 17:10
@Pop, added JVM info...better? – jjnguy Jan 21 '11 at 17:20
@Justin, Popular Demand approves of your edit. – Pops Jan 21 '11 at 17:23

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