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Help needed testing on Solaris, Linux etc..

 
Richard Walter
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Hi fellow Java coders,
Well, I have coded my FBN application and tested it on NT platform but I have run into a problem. I do not own or know anybody who has a Solaris and/or Linux operating system that I can use to test my application
Anyone know how I can test my application? Virtual Machine?
All I want to test is the GUI Layout and re-sizing, as well as the saving and reading of some property files.
If you have access to these O/S�s with a JRE 1.3 or greater installed and would like to kindly but BRIEFLY test my application for me I would be most appreciative.
Thanks,
Rich
richard.walter@nrma.com.au
 
Gregory Garrison
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Why don't you repartition your drive or add a second drive, then install Linux as a second OS. Softquest has a very reliable partition manager. It won't harm your windows drive. There are also some free partition managers out there but I have not tried any myself, just Softquest's.
GG - SCJP2
[This message has been edited by Gregory Garrison (edited December 04, 2001).]
 
Mathew Kuruvilla
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I have RH Linux on my system. If there is not too much to test, I'll be happy to do it for you.
If there is no gui component to it, and the application is not too large then I can try testing it on Solaris SPARC. (I can remotely log on my old school's server).
I used PartitionMagic to partition my hard drive. I find that it was worth the money I paid.
 
Trevor Dunn
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I would not worry about it. In your design doc you have to say what platform you developed and tested it on. Just say windows. Thats all I did. I never tested on Linux or Solaris, etc. As long as you never used any operating specific calls I say you will be all right.
However if you can test it on this platforms then by all means do so.
Trevor
 
Matthew Comer
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Trevor,
I can't completely agree with your statement that all should be well cross-platform. One of the most problematic issues can be the GUI, and how it behaves on various platforms. Swing, with it's lightweight all-Java implementation, does much better than the AWT. However, you can still have problems with component layout and resizing issues from one platform to the next. This can be a real beeyatch to solve as well...
Matt
 
Trevor Dunn
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Matthew
I did not mean that all should be fine between multiple platforms. I am aware of the GUI limitations etc. What I meant was that Sun can not expect everybody to have access to multiple platforms to test their project on. I guess this is why they ask you to to place in your design document what platform you developed the project on. This is more than likely because they will test it on that platform. I can not imagine them docking marks because the GUI looked foolish on a Solaris box when you developed it on an Windows machine.
In my own experience I developed the application on a Windows 2000 machine and submitted and never tested it on any other platform.
Trevor
 
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