Wednesday, June 20, 2001 12:21 AM
Here is what you can do if you want to use Jbuilder 5.
If you want the:
- EJB debugging,
JB5 does this, in 6.0 it is really easy. in 6.1 you'll have to tweak it a little.
- Servlet debugging,
no problem in any version. Even if the configuration tab says "WL 6.0" the changes doesn't effect this part.
- hot deployment.(meaning that you deploy your EJBs in runtime.) JB 5.0 does the deployment. However, the 6.1 may need that you run the deployment tool from WL your self.
- If you want to learn and test the EJB 2.0 features I would recommend the OrionServer. JB5 doesn't have a built in tool. But it is really easy to do it by hand too.
When it comes to other tools.
- VisualAge for Java 3.5.3, great tool, works only for the Websphere App server. Repository based, difficulties to work with Clear case or CVS. requires lot of memory.
- Visual cafe, also one of the most popular, never liked the Visual Basic look and feel (You can modify to work in simpler L&F). Have small defects and peculiarities that makes life boring.
- Forte, requires lot of memory, slow and the editor needs lot of rework. If you program lot you'll get tired of it.
Also SUN has built in dependencies to iPlanet and their EJB products. However, I don't know if there are hooks to other EJB servers.
- Jbuilder 5, works well in many different types of programming, EJB, Servlet and even GUI development. Great debugger, easy integration and remote debugging with other server. in JB 5 alot of XML, features. Great CORBA integration.
Another important thing is that there are alot of different free add-ins for this tool. And also it is really easy to write your own.
However, it is really expensive, for the enterprise ed. anyway.
Good luck on choosing the right one! ;-)