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Does Java 6 have any major advantages over Java 5 for web services?

Karl Beowulph
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Joined: May 31, 2004
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Hello.

Are there any major advantages to using Java 6 over Java 5 for the development of web services? From what I've read, JAX-WS can be back-ported by adding its libraries, and the richer stacks, such as Metro, support Java 5.

Are there any features in Java 6 that we wouldn't be able to get via libraries in Java 5? Can the new security features be imported just as readily? Are the available, stand-alone libraries for 1.5 maintained?

Any information would be helpful, thanks.
Ulf Dittmer
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Java 6 ships with a version of the JAX-WS reference implementation, but that's about the only relevant difference to Java 5. I'd even regard that as a drawback, because that version is already obsolete. So, yes - Java 5 works just fine, and it's all you need to run Metro, including WS-Security.
 
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