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chris gar
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I've passed the programmers exam, and now I'm ready to start learning J2EE.
I'm having a hard time understanding the instructions regarding the tutorial. I have Windows 98 so (as far as I can tell) I'm not able to do the tutorial. I found 1 work around for 98 the Java developers forum but there is no mention of "ant" there. ??? Oddly enough, this "work around is worded more clearly than any of the "simple" instructios provided by Sun. I acutally purchased a cheap Microtel PC to install Red Hat Linux so I can do the tutorial (but I'm having problems with that also - it wont work w/ 7.3).
Anyway, I could care less about the tutorial. What I really want to do is practice on my own. Is this possible on Windows 98?? or does the same scenario apply as in the tutorial?? Do I need Windows 2000 pro, Red hat or Solaris to write and test code???
Is the "ant" a server 'simulator' or what? I don't understand.
What would be the best way for me to go about learning???
Your help and advice is appreciated.
 
Craig Demyanovich
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It is my understanding that the J2EE Reference Implementation (RI) won't run on Windows 98. I do not know whether any other J2EE application server will run on Windows 98. However, you could probably do development on Windows 98 and deploy to an application server running under another OS.
Ant is a build tool. Build files are written in XML. The tasks that a build script can perform are too numerous to list; check out the docs at the URL above.
For me, the best way to learn has been to consult a few well-written books, interact on forums like this one, and write as much code as possible. At the Server Side, if you complete the free registration, you will find free, non-printable PDF copies of Mastering Enterprise JavaBeans and EJB Design Patterns, both great books! Even without free registration, there are great forums there as well. Alas, writing the code will be, as the saying goes, "left as an exercise for the reader."
Good luck,
Craig
 
Simon Brown
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"cg888",
Thanks for joining JavaRanch, but could you just take a quick look at the naming policy and edit your profile accordingly.
Thanks!
Simon
 
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