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From Jeremias Maerki <...@jeremias-maerki.ch>
Subject Re: [DRAFT] Preparing a user poll for JDK 1.3 compatibility
Date Wed, 03 Oct 2007 06:31:29 GMT
I have at least two clients who are still stuck with Java 1.4 for the
time being. That's their development platform. One of them, for example,
is using WebSphere 6.x which is still running on Java 1.4. They have
developed their own core applications (and that's a lot of code) based
on WebSphere and it's not as easy for them to switch that platform. Of
course, they want to migrate to 1.5 (they don't even dare thinking about
Java 6), but that's a process that has to be done very carefully. They
are even considering using tools like Retroweaver to develop with 1.5
but run on 1.4.

We can speculate all we want, but in the end the user poll should give
us some better data what FOP users really need.

Jeremias Maerki

On 02.10.2007 23:37:04 J.Pietschmann wrote:
> Chris Bowditch wrote:
> > Now if FOP's main audience wasn't a batch processing environment then I 
> > feel there would be a strong case to jump to 1.5, but because it is 
> > mostly used in batch processing and because most large organisations 
> > have a lot of older mainframes and unix systems that cannot be easily 
> > upgraded to run Java 1.5 then FOP would lose a large % of its users by 
> > doing the switch.
> It depends. From my experience, these old platforms are near of even
> way beyond their end of life too, and are not used for new or upgraded
> software. New developments and significant upgrades tend to get more
> recent underpinnings, at most three years old, depending on the company
> infrastructure upgrade cycle.
> Regards
> J.

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