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Kyle Brown - questions

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I was considering your book for my continued J2EE education. I am a consultant learning J2EE at home. I have been at it for several months. One of the first requirements was to pick an application server to learn with. Since I intend to earn a living with this knowledge at future client sites, BEA and IBM were logical first choices. But here is the catch... both offer trial downloads, but expire after 30 or 60 days. Maybe I'm slow, but that doesn't get me to the J2EE promised land. I end up needing to select an application server without a time limit (i.e. JRUN, JBoss, Orion, ...). That doesn't seem to serve my goals or IBM's for that matter (wouldn't IBM benefit from future J2EE consultants spending their time and effort with IBM's products). Same for IDEs.
Also, for Kyle, or anyone. Can anyone point me to any good articles on setting up a J2EE development environment (IDE, local and remote application servers, local and remote debugging, yada yada yada). You can find a ton of information about EJB design, frameworks, tools, design patterns, .... but I have had no luck with some basic help for a newbie to J2EE with basic development environment setup. Stuff like jdk requirements for your client and server. Stuff like I'm using Forte CE because I'm a contractor on the beach and can't drop $2000 for the Forte IDE that debugs EJBs... how does someone on a budget still compile and develop EJBs. Stuff like should I set up the same application server on both the client and the server because it's just easier to develop everything on the client PC first, and then deploy to the server. Stuff like that
I have plenty of J2EE theory at this point... now I would like to sling some code. Maybe I did things backwards. I knew you needed to use session bean facades early on, but just can't compile one. However I am a SCJP ... so I can compile hundreds of 20 line java programs using the command prompt.
Thanks in advance,

[This message has been edited by Mike Jones (edited December 28, 2001).]
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