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Developing J2EE 1.4 application with WSAD

Shraga van Shufel
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Hello,

Our system is based on J2EE 1.2 and being deployed on WAS4 and WAS5.1.
We started a refactoring project where we about to upgrade to J2EE 1.4 and target WAS6 and 6.1.
At this moment the development team is using WSAD 5.1.2 and we are very happy with the IDE, I understood that it is not possible to develop against J2EE1.4 (WAS6) with the 5.x version of WSAD and it will be needed to upgrade to RAD 6.0.

I did some initial research in news groups and I did notice a general dissatisfaction from the RAD 6 IDE (in comparison to WSAD), I also understood that the myEclipse IDE is a good alternative, but of course the management prefer to try and stick with big blue products.

Something tells me I am not alone with this issue, any suggestions ?

Thank you very much for your time and effort

/Shraga.
Marc Peabody
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I have not heard anything bad about RAD. I doubt your management would want to use anything else for 1.4, anyway.

What's so bad about RAD?


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Jeanne Boyarsky
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Originally posted by Shraga van Shufel:
At this moment the development team is using WSAD 5.1.2 and we are very happy with the IDE, I understood that it is not possible to develop against J2EE1.4 (WAS6) with the 5.x version of WSAD and it will be needed to upgrade to RAD 6.0.

Correct. WSAD 5 only supports J2EE 1.2, not 1.4.

Originally posted by Shraga van Shufel:
I did some initial research in news groups and I did notice a general dissatisfaction from the RAD 6 IDE (in comparison to WSAD), I also understood that the myEclipse IDE is a good alternative, but of course the management prefer to try and stick with big blue products.

There was dissatisfaction with WSAD 5 when it came out too. In particular, I was frustrated that they took away the ability to run arbitrary Java programs (integration tests) from the client (for integration testing) and instead start setting one app client launch point. In RAD 6, I am frustrated that they took away the easy ability to share server profiles and instead need to import them.

None of this is inherently worse in RAD. It's just new. And RAD 6/Eclipse 3 has some cool new features too.

I recommend RAD over myEclipseIDE since your company is willing to pay for RAD. The benefit of being able to test your app during development on the read WAS server bundles with RAD is very valuable.


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Shraga van Shufel
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Hello,

The following thread triggered me http://www.theserverside.com/news/thread.tss?thread_id=39933

As you mentioned, the ability to debug during development is a must. However I presume I can use the WAS6 connector from myEclipse and link it with my local WAS6 installation.

Thanks in advance for your feedback
/Shraga.
Jeanne Boyarsky
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However I presume I can use the WAS6 connector from myEclipse and link it with my local WAS6 installation.

Presumably. I haven't tried it though.

I took a look at the TSS thread. It seemed like most of the comments were about the amount of memory required and early bugs. I use 6.0.1.1 and it is usable. Not perfect, but usable.
Kiran Kumar P
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RAD 6 will be the best choice if you have money for buying the software and hardware (It requires 2 GB RAM for smooth development).
Shraga van Shufel
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Hello,

I would like to thank all of you for your feedback.
I think I will try to pack my laptop with 2G and develop a test project on RAD 6.0.1 and I will take it from there.

Thanks again for all your support
/Shraga.
 
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