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Henrik Strand

Joined: Jan 05, 2006
Posts: 20
Hi all!

According to the specification I must use a "product (not development) version of the Sun Microsystems Java 2 platform..."

How do I know if my version is ok?

When running java -version I see 1.4.2_10-b03. Is that a product version?

[ January 18, 2006: Message edited by: Henrik Strand ]
Steve Baranski

Joined: Sep 21, 2004
Posts: 16
When running java -version I see 1.4.2_10-b03. Is that a product version?

Hi Henrik: JDK 1.4.2 is a released version of the Java platform, so yes - I would say it is a "product version". Of course there are rules related to how old the product version can be - search the forum and you'll see that you can't use a JDK that's been superseded by another version for >=18 months. So, you can use JDK 1.4.2 as long as you submit by end-of-March, since JDK 1.5 is the current version.

I think by using the terms "product (not development)", they're suggesting you can't use a release candidate or "beta" platform version. For example, I think you can download previews of "Mustang" (JDK 1.6), but you can't use them as the basis for completing this assignment, since 1.6 is still in development.

I hope this proves useful.

Steve Baranski<br />SCJP, SCWCD, SCJD
Andrew Monkhouse
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Hi Henrik,

Take a look at the JavaRanch SCJD FAQ answer to the question "What version of the SDK should I use: 1.3 or 1.4?"

Regards, Andrew

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Henrik Strand

Joined: Jan 05, 2006
Posts: 20
Ok. Thank you.

I agree. Here's the link:
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