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Ahmed Haboubi
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Hi,
I have just downloaded and installed JBuilder Personal on my PC. It looks interesting and worth a try. But the question is this, do the projects develeoped and tested using JBuilder lose their Java characteristics (like platform-independance)?
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Ahmed.
 
Ed Wallen
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Nope..........not at all. JBuilder is merely a tool that provides various features for building java/web/enterprise applications-------like XML support, JMS and EAR wizards, App server integration and deployment of EJBs, etc. I actually haven't used most of its EJB features.......i prefer to do it the old fashioned way with a .bat file.
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Tim Voet
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The only thing that you should watch out for is Borland has packaged its own set of utility classes, so their "Help" uses alot of their classes for examples.
I use JBuilder both at work and for personal projects, and as long as you stick to the to core Java components ( or add-ons ) you should be fine.
P.S. JBuilder 6 is supposed to be compatible jdk1.4. All previous versions of JBuilder do not support the new JDK.
Hope this helps
 
Jim Yingst
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JBuilder 6 is said to be compatible with Java SDK 1.4, but as far as I can tell this is not true of JBuilder 6 Personal. (I.e., the free version.) In that version, the "Configure JDK" option is disabled, and the one it comes with is labeled jdk1.3.1-b24. Looks like you'd need to pay money to run 1.4 on JBuilder. Most annoying - I paid for JBuilder 5 Professional, but this new release came out just 7 months later, and I don't see enough added value to justify paying for an upgrade. If I pay another $400 for an IDE, it will most likely be for IDEA from IntelliJ instead. Borland has annoyed me. Mind you, I like their product overall - it's just the greedy upgrade policy that I find offputting.
Regarding the Borland utility classes - you can still be cross-platform while using them, if you get the Professional (or Enterprise) edition. You just need to ship an extra jar file or two with your code. All the classes you need are freely redistributable if you've got the Professional Edition - but not the Personal Edition. I don't think you have any rights to use or modify the source code, so if you don't like the way Borland's classes do something, you can't easily modify them. In that respect though, it's not really any different than any of the packages from Sun. Except for the part where you have to pay to get redistribution rights, of course. :roll:
 
Ahmed Haboubi
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OK, thanks guys
Ahmed
 
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