What’s the Deal with J2EE 1.4?

“Finally someone said it!” he exclaims. “I couldn’t agree more. I’m an instructor specializing in taking ‘legacy’ programmers (which now includes PowerBuilder and Visual Basic) and retraining them in Java 2EE. The universal complaint is, why it is so difficult to accomplish even the most modest business tasks with Java? Java is getting more and more difficult to defend.”

David Zimmel agrees. “Try and build a simple fat client app in Java — NOT POSSIBLE. The complexities of JDBC, O-R mapping, AWT/Swing, etc, etc mean 1,000s of lines of code for even simple apps. It’s one step forward, two steps back.”