Borland JBuilder 3 University Edition: A Free Tool for Java Education
Borland JBuilder 3 University Edition is a free version of Borland's popular Java development environment that was offered to educators and students in 1999. It was designed to help teach and learn Java programming in universities and colleges, as well as to promote the popularity and quality of Java education. According to Borland, JBuilder 3 University Edition had over 100,000 users worldwide[^2^].
JBuilder 3 University Edition had many features that made it suitable for Java education, such as:
A visual development environment that supported drag-and-drop creation of user interfaces, database connections, servlets, applets, and beans.
A comprehensive set of tools for editing, debugging, testing, and deploying Java applications.
An integrated Java documentation system that provided access to the Java API reference, tutorials, examples, and tips.
A built-in support for popular Java technologies, such as JDBC, RMI, CORBA, JSP, EJB, XML, and Swing.
A compatibility with various Java platforms, such as JDK 1.1.x, JDK 1.2.x, and JDK 1.3.x.
JBuilder 3 University Edition was based on JBuilder 3 Professional Edition, but had some limitations, such as:
A restricted license that allowed only non-commercial use for educational purposes.
A reduced set of components and wizards that excluded some advanced features, such as servlet engines, application servers, and enterprise beans.
A limited support for third-party tools and plug-ins that required a separate license or registration.
JBuilder 3 University Edition was available for download from Borland's website or from various online sources[^1^] [^3^]. It required a Windows 95/98/NT/2000 operating system with at least 64 MB of RAM and 120 MB of disk space. It also required a valid email address to register and activate the product.
JBuilder 3 University Edition was one of the first free tools for Java education that offered a comprehensive and user-friendly environment for developing Java applications. It helped many educators and students to learn and teach Java programming in a fun and effective way.
JBuilder 3 University Edition was not the only free tool for Java education that Borland offered. Borland also provided JBuilder 2 University Edition, which was based on JBuilder 2 Professional Edition and had similar features and limitations as JBuilder 3 University Edition. JBuilder 2 University Edition was compatible with JDK 1.1.x and JDK 1.2.x, but not with JDK 1.3.x. It was also available for download from Borland's website or from various online sources.
Borland also offered JBuilder Personal, which was a free version of JBuilder that was aimed at hobbyists and beginners who wanted to learn Java programming. JBuilder Personal had more features than JBuilder University Edition, such as support for servlet engines, application servers, and enterprise beans. However, it also had more restrictions, such as a limited number of components and wizards, a mandatory registration every 90 days, and a splash screen that appeared every time the product was launched. JBuilder Personal was based on different versions of JBuilder Professional or Enterprise Editions, such as JBuilder 3 Personal, JBuilder 4 Personal, JBuilder 5 Personal, and JBuilder 6 Personal. It was compatible with various Java platforms, such as JDK 1.1.x, JDK 1.2.x, JDK 1.3.x, and JDK 1.4.x. It was also available for download from Borland's website or from various online sources.
Borland discontinued the development and distribution of JBuilder University Edition and JBuilder Personal in 2003, when it released JBuilder X Foundation, which was a free version of JBuilder X Enterprise Edition that had fewer features but no license restrictions. JBuilder X Foundation was compatible with JDK 1.4.x and JDK 1.5.x, and supported various Java technologies, such as Swing, AWT, JDBC, RMI, CORBA, XML, EJB, JSP, Servlets, Struts, Hibernate, and Web Services. It also supported various application servers, such as Tomcat, WebLogic, WebSphere, JBoss, and Borland Enterprise Server. It was available for download from Borland's website or from various online sources.