J2EE versus Microsoft .NET:
The Battle of Middleware Platforms

by Max Dolgicer


Many IT departments are now facing the decision whether to start building applications on a J2EE architecture from SUN Microsystems and adopt the Java Community Process (JSP) or the .NET architecture from Microsoft.
This is a major decision which will affect companies for many years to come, not only in terms of the efficiency of IT, but might possibly become a key factor for the productivity of the company as a whole.
Companies need to anticipate significant implications, reaching far beyond the core Middleware technology.
The impact includes operating system choices, development languages and tools, availability of skilled resources, time to market and IT direction as a whole. This decision will also impact purchasing decision of new packaged applications, interoperability with legacy systems as well as with Business partners.
This seminar provides an in-depth comparison of the two platforms, cutting through the standard marketing materials offered by both camps. It also separates promises from reality and helps attendees to distinguish between features that are available today versus those yet to be implemented.

What you will learn

  • Differentiate between the major approaches employed by J2EE and .NET in building enterprise applications.
  • Learn how J2EE and .NET can transform your approach to building, integrating and deploying enterprise applications, giving you a competitive advantage.
  • Understand how the two technologies address the scalability and reliability challenges and which platform is best suited to your environment.
  • Evaluate the state and maturity level of the competing platforms.
  • Discover the breadth of support for XML technologies and Web services and what the key differentiators are.
  • Learn about the different options that J2EE and .NET offer for the integration of your new component-based applications with your back-end legacy and packaged applications.
  • Understand the impact that the platform selection will have on your IT organization, including migration from previous platforms, skill requirements, technology choices and vendor lock-in.
  • Determine a strategy for selecting the right platform.
  • Understand the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for both platforms.

Main Topics

  • From Middleware 101 to Componentware
  • Requirements For Development and Integration of Enterprise Applications
  • J2EE Overview
  • .NET Overview
  • Comparative Analysis