I have heard in numerous places that you cannot use the JDK 1.4 logging API with previouse releases of Java.
I have two questions:
1. Is this true?
2. If so why? Does it use New I/O APIs? Assertions? Does Sun just want everyone to migrate ASAP?
Thanks in advanced for you comments.
Yes, it is true. You can't use the new logging API with previous releases of Java, since normal Java-programs are not allowed to add packages in "java"-namespace.
You probably could take the sources, rename the packages to something else, and then use it, but there is a better alternative: just use Log4j, which is free and has all features you will ever need from your logging library.
Better yet, use Log4J and the Jakarta Commons Logging API. This allows you to use the same API for both Log4J and java.util.logging