At work, I’ve been working on a project that uses Websphere Application Server (WAS) 5.1. Part of the development setup is to use Websphere Studio Application Developer (WSAD) 5.1, because it is tightly integrated with WAS.
One of the problems this represents is that WSAD 5.1 is based on Eclipse 2.1.3. After working with Eclipse 3.x for so long, I find it really hard to use an older version, that doesn’t provide many of the features I’ve come to expect, like showing a list of defined keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl-Shift-L), or getting the latest plug-in for subversion (Subclipse).
Another problem is that Websphere uses its own JVM, made by IBM, which although it’s supposed to be 100% compatible, I still think there are some ‘hidden features’. And I’ve never seen eclipse (or other java programs running with Sun’s JVM) give me this kind of error:
There’s no stack trace, no reason given. It’s almost as bad as a Microsoft product.