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This article provides five important reasons to move to the Java 2 Platform,
Standard Edition (J2SE platform) 5.0. Each reason is supported by data and
references to prove that the 5.0 release will reduce development and runtime
J2SE 5.0 (codenamed Project Tiger) was released at the end of
September 2004. It is one of the most significant updates to the Java platform
in many years. The Java community has eagerly welcomed its new features, yet
these new features are not what makes the release special. What does? The
platform was subjected to a higher level of testing than any previous version,
to prepare it for mission-critical production.
Given the wealth of improvements in J2SE 5.0, choosing the top five reasons
for this article was a tough task. My choices follow.
#1: Your application already works on 5.0
"To ensure this high level of backward compatibility, the
number of compatibility tests was doubled..."
You don't need to redesign or recompile your application to take
advantage of J2SE 5.0. Not only is your investment in existing applications
protected but you actually benefit from running your application on a newer Java
To ensure this high level of backward compatibility, the number of
compatibility tests was doubled from 1.4. These compatibility tests are part of
a Java test suite that contains nearly 200,000 tests and includes testing many
well-known Java applications.
So your application runs unmodified. What does J2SE 5.0 offer then?
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