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From "Pantvaidya, Vishwajit" <>
Subject RE: [axis2] [IMPORTANT] JDK 1.4 compatibility - feedback requested
Date Wed, 15 Aug 2007 22:01:08 GMT
I agree - adding support for 1.5 while retaining compatibility with 1.4 (essentially not to
use features of 1.5) is probably the best option.

- Vish.

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Bjorn Townsend []
>Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 2:54 PM
>Cc: Axis-Dev
>Subject: Re: [axis2] [IMPORTANT] JDK 1.4 compatibility - feedback requested
>Hi Glen,
>I wanted to throw my two cents in on this as it's an important issue.
>In short, I think Axis2 should continue to support both, especially
>if it wants to encourage stragglers to migrate from 1.x. Most of
>Sourcelabs' customers are inherently conservative Global 2000
>companies, most of them use Axis 1.x in one form or another, and none
>of them have completely migrated to 1.5.  The reasons for this are
>generally the result of company policy -- internal standards and the
>desire to minimize upgrades being prominent reasons for said policy.
>The process of moving to 1.5 for them will be a long and painful one,
>and they are much more likely to be interested in or need to migrate
>to Axis2 before upgrading to Java 1.5.  Our customers would find
>migrating to Axis2 much more palatable if they didn't need to upgrade
>to Java 1.5 at the same time. I suspect the same is probably true of
>many users of Axis in the enterprise.
>On Aug 14, 2007, at 9:25 PM  August 14, Glen Daniels wrote:
>> Hi Axis2 developers and users!
>> There has been a bunch of discussion lately revolving around the
>> question of JDK1.4 compatibility.  It has been suggested that Axis2
>> move to JDK 1.5, in order to gain the benefits of things like
>> generics, built-in concurrency (no backport lib), and annotations.
>> Some folks feel that there are enough people out there still in a
>> 1.4 environment that we should hold off, and others think we should
>> bite the bullet and move to 1.5.
>> Are you using, or planning to use, Axis2 in an environment that is
>> locked to JDK 1.4?  If so, please let us know by responding to this
>> thread and telling us (if you can) about the particulars of what's
>> tying you to 1.4 - is it your app server?  Company policy?
>> Something else?
>> We'd really like to take good care of our users, and doing that
>> involves figuring out whether we can jump into 1.5-land or if we
>> need to keep things working with 1.4.
>> Thanks,
>> --Glen
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