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How can I test my Domino apps before a conversion to Java 2?

My company is planning to convert to Java 2 by the end of the year, and all developers have to test their applications accordingly. We have Notes 6.0.3 installed, and I use the native Domino view and action bar Java applets in our Web applications. Notes Help says two things that may apply:
  1. Notes 6.0 and later support Java Virtual Machine (JVM) version 1.3.
  2. The applets use the Java Developer's Kit (JDK), Release 1.1.8 to support Java-enabled Web browsers.
I'm having difficulty deciphering Sun's Web site to try to figure out what comprises Java 2 and whether I can expect my applications to be OK. Do you have any insight into this issue?
It really depends on what is meant by converting to Java 2. If it means that your company will have an IBM Websphere Application Server and that all future application development will be on that platform, well then it ought to have no impact on your existing Domino applications. They will still run on your Domino servers.

On the other hand, if it means that all applications are to be converted to be native Java 2 applications, it would mean that you are going to port your applications to Java and move your data to an SQL server. It is highly unlikely that you are looking at this scenario, as it really is way too expensive to move all applicatons in a one-year timeframe.

The conversion might be that you are going to have something like IBM Lotus Workplace or the IBM Websphere Portal Server to be the company-wide launchpad for all applications. If you are looking at this scenario, your applications will be OK, but in order for them to be surfaced within such a portal (displayed in a window in the portal, maybe even allowing data to be manipulated from there), you are going to have to start using portlets. Some are freely available, but to service any custom-made applications with more than just data display, you will have to start coding your own Java-based portlets.

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This was last published in March 2004

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