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which JDK version

 
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There are two downloads available for JDK (for creating J2SE applications) on the sun's java web site

JDK 5.0 and
J2SE v1.4.2

Can some one let me know which download to go for. And what are the major differences between these two versions and known caveats.

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Are you going for the SCJP? there are two versions of the test right now one for 1.4 and one for 5.0 That will determine which version you should get.

Mark
 
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I have worked previously on Java version 1.2 (called Java 2) some 3 years ago. I am returning back to java again and have to choose a java version to begin with. (and later also work towards Cert as well)

To answer your question which version of the test I am planning to take - well it does not really matter which version, as long as I can get started with java again !!

Originally posted by Mark Spritzler:
Are you going for the SCJP? there are two versions of the test right now one for 1.4 and one for 5.0 That will determine which version you should get.

Mark

 
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Also there are two 5.0 tests - one is an Upgrade test and costs $100 while the other is $150 (5.0 Test)

Question is - are only already SCJP certified elgible for the upgrade test ?



Originally posted by Mark Spritzler:
Are you going for the SCJP? there are two versions of the test right now one for 1.4 and one for 5.0 That will determine which version you should get.

Mark

 
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Yes only previously SCJPers can take the upgrade.

To be honest, and there might be a bias here, but I always think you should go for the latest version. Now, not a lot of shops are using Java 5.0 yet, because of things like App Server they are using and its ability to use Java 5.0. But in a short period of time, 5.0 will be what everyone uses, just like you won't see people using Java 1.1 today.

So I suggest going for the full version of Java 5.0, get the new K&B Book for the SCJP which should be out within a month the latest. Amazon says Jan 31st, but we have already heard from Bert that it has already shipped from the printers.

Mark
 
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