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Production version of SDK : definition directly from SUN

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Hi all, I quote here the answer I received here from SUN to my question, which is one that is often asked here I think. Their answer is crystal clear.
Hope this helps

Hello Stephane,
I received your inquiry from my customer service team and discussed it with one
of my Java Subject Matter Experts who helped design the certification exam.
She stated we view a production version as any version that was downloadable
directly from, as long as it wasn't an "Early Access" and/or BETA
release, or one of the older "developer releases" (which was an alternate
version of the JDK, also available from, but we don't do that any
This version (1.4.0-b92) should be fine. The '-b92' refers to a particular
build, so as long as you are using what was a full release (FCS) then there will
be no problem. Currently there is both a 1.4.0 and 1.4.1 available as production
versions, both of which are acceptable for the assignment.
The real key is to remember how you obtained the J2SDK, to ensure that it wasn't
a pre-release/early access/beta version that you downloaded. The risk with a
beta version is that something you compile and run on a beta version might work,
and then fail to work on a production version that we use to test it on.
Hope this is helpful.
Best regards,
Steve Moore
Senior Certification Program Manager
Worldwide Certifications
Sun Services

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Thank you Stephane,
All best,
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I'll add that response to the FAQ.
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I used JDK 1.4.0 and JDK1.4.1 but now in my assignment, I am using jdk1.3.1_02 as it's javadoc API is well knwown to me. I think that'll be enough. But if I would have eough time, I would use JDK1.4.1 as it would a nice learning curve....
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