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JAVA 2 SDK 1.5 DOES IT WORK ON WINDOWS?  RSS feed

 
K. Joshua Chi
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Thanks a thousand times to Java Big Moose Saloon.
I read in Sun's Download Page - Java 2SDK 1.5 seems to focus on Linux / Solaris, will it work for Windows? Or they are avoiding another tussle? Has anybody using Windows tried it? I have 1.4 and it is working fine. I want to know if the upgrade will work just fine and will learning from 1.4 affect me if I try to upgrade to 1.5? Thanks in advance
 
Julian Kennedy
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Hi Joshua,

You can download the J2SE 5.0 SDK via the link on this page. The Tiger growls just as fiercely on Windows as on Linux or Unix. You may have been confused by the statement that J2SE 5.0 is not yet available for Windows on Intel Itanium boxes. If you currently run Java on your desktop PC then that's very unlikely to be of concern to you. Itaniums are 64-bit processors for high-end servers.

Will learning 1.4 affect me if I try to upgrade to 1.5?

Your first port of call here should be Sun's site to find out what's new in J2SE 5.0.

Put simply, there are a lot of new features in the new release; many of them pretty cool and long-awaited. The only impact your knowledge of Java 1.4 will have is in areas where 1.5 changes or deprecates 1.4 functionality. There are a few of these, but not many. This, of course, only means that you're in the same boat as the rest of us!

Applications developed in Java 1.4 (and 1.3, etc. for that matter) will be around for a long time to come so your knowledge of Java 1.4 will be valuable (most of it doesn't change in 1.5 anyway). It's also useful to have a general knowledge of which features are available in which version, though for details you can refer to the docs.

In short, learning Java 1.4 will have little or no adverse impact on your ability to pick up 1.5.

I hope you find this useful.

Jules
 
Jeroen Wenting
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I'd even go as far to say that 1.4 knowledge will be essential for at least another 2-3 years for new development rather than just maintenance jobs.

Many companies are often slow to move to a new version, especially one for which no tools support yet exists for the other software they use (for example, I worked at a company last year that was still using J2SE 1.3.0 because that was the only version supported by their other software, we tried to shove 1.4.1 under it and everything came crashing down. It was not pretty).
 
K. Joshua Chi
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Thanks ranch hands, I am truly grateful for your continued timely replies. Thanks also to Big Moose Saloon. I will follow the links provided.
K. Joshua Chi.
 
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