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Hi friends,

This is me again. I would like to know the views on the different SDKs used by programmers for J2SE.
As different people think differently,all of your views are invited.



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Although there are still companies using jdk1.4.2 (or even older) as a beginner you might as well learn the most recent version.
 
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Always look for a JDK (or JRE) that has been Sun certified. Sun has a certification test (TCK) with tens of thousands of individual test cases that a JDK (or JRE) must pass before being certified. While not infallible, this TCK does reasonably ensure that a JDK correctly implements the Java SE specification. It also means that Java apps compiled with one JDK will run correctly on any JVM.

Some popular JDKs/JREs/JVMs that pass the certification: Sun, JRockit, IBM, HP, Unisys, Apple, OpenJVM (available in latest Linux distros).

Note that the GNU JVM that comes with many Linux distros does not pass the TCK (this is a guess because I know it has issues running app servers).
 
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