hello, everyone. Can anybody give me some suggestions about the choices between WebLogic/Jbuilder and IBM solution(VisualAge/Websphere). Which one is preferable? Which one is more popular currently? Which one may has greater potential(marketing)? etc etc. Thanks
Bryan, I personally prefer the JBuilder/Weblogic config. IBM seems to be notoriously behind the J2EE standards. For example, VAJ 4.0 does not support EJB 2.0 specs and will not support EJB 1.1 specs without a patch. Also, I believe that Websphere 4.0 only supports EJB 1.1. In addition to that, VAJ will no longer be supported as Websphere Studio Appication Developer will soon replace it. VAJ does not have a JSP editor (Although it can be used in conjunction with some earlier versions of Websphere Studio). Also, IBM seems to be a bit proprietary (Go figure that). On the other hand, VAJ has an excellent test environment that enables developers to test their j2ee apps thru VAJ and I like their EMSRV repository for source control. Especially for small development teams. As far as which is more popular, I believe they are both running neck and neck but both are way ahead of the rest. It is completely a matter of opinion and I suggest that you download the trial versions of these products and test them for yourself. Hope this helps.
Thanks a lot, Scott. Because limited time and energy, I have to make a choice, either IBM solution or Weblogic. Use one of this as a career break point. I also spent sometime reading on JDJ about these 2 server comparisons, It seems no conclusion about which one is right/wrong, preferable or not. There is not a clear conclusion which one is the winner neither at present or in the future. Whatever, since IBM is a huge company which have a stronger support or background, I may decide to go for Websphere. Stick to one product first,get the chance to practice it and grasp it, the next step/direction really unpredictable. But I have got to make a choice. thanks again, scott
Bryan, That may be the way to go. My company uses Websphere and DB2 for the same reason so I don't really have a choice in the matter. I must say that I don't have any reasonable complaints either. I had the opportunity to work with JBuilder and Weblogic on a year long project and was extremely happy with these products. But, as I said, it is a matter of opinion.