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I notice a lot of people write in with questions about WebSphere and I was wondering, have people had a lot of success with it?

I used WebSphere for a few years, especially the newest version RAD6 and WAS6, and honestly (as many of you may have seen in some of my slightly jaded posts) I am really not impressed with it.

It is arguably the the most powerful J2EE server out there and the most configurable, and I don't really disagree with that, but the poor stability and performance of both RAD6 and WAS6 seemed to outway the advantages to me. For example, the way RAD6 generates hundreds of stubs and temporary files for the WAS6 server right in your java project workspace always annoyed me as a developer.

Also, once a WAS6 test server setup on a developer machine became corrupted it was virtually impossible to repair manually. Funny story - although WAS server files are stored in XML they are NEVER supposed to be modified directly. One day I asked an IBM consultant "Hey this is XML, don't you teach courses on how to work with these directly" and his response was basically nope, no one outside of IBM really understands them. Whats the purpose of building a server out of XML that is so complex and filled with so many unique ids that it is impossible to correct manually?

In addition, the memory requirements to run a decent server are huge. IBM had told us minimum of 2 gigs of RAM on all developers desktops.


Perhaps my perspective is so jaded because we had adopted RAD6/WAS6 while it in version 6.0.0.0 form (we even used the beta versions for a short time). Maybe once they work the kinks out of it, it will be better.
 
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As another example (funny story) when we did first adopt RAD6/WAS6 every single developer (this was 15+ people) spent about 90% of their time for the first month correcting RAD6/WAS6 errors and installing fix packs. Oh and when a fix pack install breaks you're pretty much screw... Hundreds of hours wasted on stability and setup issues...
[ October 27, 2005: Message edited by: Scott Selikoff ]
 
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