Re: How to determine Java version is at least 6?

"Andrew Thompson" <u32984@uwe>
Thu, 24 May 2007 11:03:45 GMT
lemmi wrote:

is there a way to check whether the Java version being used is AT
LEAST version 6?

No. There are at least three.

..My application has a nice UI feature that is only
nice if Java 6 or higher is being used.

1) Web start - to handle versioning and possibly
prompt the user to upgrade if they have lower version.

2) try/catch. Try to perform the behaviour (what is it?)
and if the method does not exist, the app. will throw
a NoSuchMethodError or similar.

3) java.specification.version *

...Lower versions result in the
good old flickering behaviour. I know there is the "java.version"
system property but how can I efficiently check this ... depending on
the vendor it might have any kind of string in it, so I can't just
convert it to a float, right?

* Right, but there are a variety of other java properties
that might give better float results, like the aforementioned
j.spec.version, see some of them through the app. here..
(dump all the properties to the command line - you
might find something better still)


Andrew Thompson

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