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.NET vs. J2EE: The Application Infrastructure Battle
The battle continues between the open standard and the Microsoft standard in market application development and deployment technologies. While the lion's share of the application market is built around Sun Microsystems' Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE), a growing portion centers on the Microsoft Platform, which relies on Windows, .NET, COM+ and other technologies. This article provides an update on the advantages and disadvantages of each platform, and when and why you need an application server in the first place. The article covers the benefits and the risks of aligning your enterprise architecture with one camp or the other, and suggests ways for making a rational decision.