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John Godwin
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Hello,
I need help getting started on setting up a development environment so I can learn J2EE technology. I am very much a hands on person and would like to keep my costs down and not get locked into a vendors environment?
I don't want to download 30 day trial software!
1) Are there any development packages like Forte where I can work with EJB, Servlets, JSP, etc.. and not pay $2000.00 ?
2) Does Oracle meet my requirements for a development environment? Can I simply move my source code developed in JDeveloper to another environment or will this become more difficult as the project gets bigger?
Any help would be appreciated.
 
Michael Morett
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Hi John,
I'm doing the same thing. I've been playing with the latest version of the J2EE SDK (1.3). It's actually not a bad sandbox to dabble with the latest Java technologies.
I'd recommend you download it and give it a try. It's free and never expires on you. I'd also recommend the J2EE Tutorial (PDF format to read/print) as well as the tutorial bundle (ZIP format) which contains a lot of example source code.
It installed clean and easily on my box (W2K SP2) and everything ran fine on the first attempt. The only issue I had was trying to figure out how to conduct iterative developement without resorting to the DeployTool. As it turns out, it's not really possible, but at the same time doing a build using Ant and doing an Update and Redeploy in the DeployTool isn't all that bad. I thought it would be worse.
That said, it looks like Sun did a solid job here. I use Homesite for JSPs and JBuilder for servlets/EJBs. I see no reason to leave JDeveloper, but if it bothers you, just switch over to JBuilder Personal (www.borland.com). It's free and also doesn't expire.
But stay away from Forte. :-)
 
Anonymous
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You can download Forte for Java 3.0, Community Edition for free at http://forte.sun.com/eap/ . You'll just need to sign up for their Early Access Program. It's a painless process. I've used this IDE in learning Java and J2EE, and find it to be easy-to-use and feature-rich.
Also, I've been using Sun's free J2EE reference implementation as my app server, and have had no problems with deploying JSPs, servlets and enterprise beans.
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Miftah Khan
- Sun Certified Programmer for the Java� 2 Platform
- Sun Certified Web Component Developer for the Java� 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition
 
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