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Should I go with J2EE 1.3.1 or 1.4 beta?  RSS feed

 
Janet Wilson
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Hi folks!
I am ready to start learning this big world of J2EE, but would like your opinion about which version I should install - 1.3.1 or 1.4 beta?
I am running Windows 2000 Professional and noticed the 1.3.1 version of the SDK is dated January 2002 while the 1.4 beta is dated November 2002. Since I am just learning, I would prefer the less buggy version so I am assuming this would be the non-beta release - is that correct?
All feedback would be most appreciated!
Thanks!
Janet
P.S.-Happy Holidays everyone!
 
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Not only that, but at some point you'll have to move from learning to actually deploying something -- and it may be a while before the major vendors (BEA and IBM) are fully J2EE 1.4 compliant. I'd stick with 1.3 for now.
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Janet Wilson
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Kyle,
Thanks so much for the speedy response!
Excellent point re: the other vendors (BEA and IBM) - totally forgot about that aspect.
Yes, it would be nice to actually apply our learning to something, however, our environment isn't even purchased yet (although we are strongly leaning towards IBM [and I'm not saying this because you work for them, either ]) let alone installed. By the end of 1Q we should have more in place.
Janet
P.S.-I forgot to ask - does IBM and BEA normally have their toolset ready once the new J2EE version becomes officially released or is there typically a lag?
[ December 23, 2002: Message edited by: Janet Wilson ]
 
Chris Mathews
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Originally posted by Janet Wilson:
P.S.-I forgot to ask - does IBM and BEA normally have their toolset ready once the new J2EE version becomes officially released or is there typically a lag?

There is definitely a lag. For example, J2EE 1.3 was finalized in December 2001. BEA did not release WebLogic 7.0 (their first fully compliant J2EE 1.3 Server) until April 2002. IBM did not release WebSphere 5 (their first fully compliant J2EE 1.3 Server) until November 2002.
In the meantime, most vendors make service packs available that implement parts of the spec (I know this was true of WebLogic 6 and WebSphere 4).
 
Janet Wilson
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Thanks for that piece of information Chris. I wasn't aware that the lag was that long.
Janet
 
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