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From Simon Kitching <>
Subject RE: [JXPath1.2] jar with jdk1.3?
Date Tue, 19 Jul 2005 00:41:09 GMT
On Mon, 2005-07-18 at 18:25 -0500, Alfredo Ledezma Melendez wrote:
> Hello:
> AFAIK is not possible. Generally you can't use a jar, war or ear built on a
> newer version with an old one.

This is not necessarily the case. The java 1.4 compiler will generate
class files that are compatible with 1.2 JVMs by default. And any java
compiler can generate classfiles compatible with any earlier JVM version
by specifying the -target option.

The question is whether the JXPath source code uses features that are
only present in java 1.4 or not. It would certainly be nice for the
project docs to say explicitly whether this is the case or not.

However you can test this yourself - download the jxpath source
distribution and compile it ("maven jar"). If it compiles then it is
compatible with java 1.3, and you can then use either your custom-built
version or go back to using the official binary jar even though it is
build with java 1.4.

NB: There are a few corner cases where code is compilable under both 1.3
and 1.4 but code compiled with 1.4 won't run under 1.3. However they are
pretty unlikely to be struck in real life. If you want to be extra
careful, you can check this by running the unit tests *compiled with
java 1.3* against the binary jar from the official binary download. If
the tests pass then that is good proof that the binary jar is compatible
with java 1.3.



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