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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2003-03-17 Print this article Print

BEA Systems Inc., of San Jose, Calif., has already delivered a Java development platform, called BEA WebLogic Workshop, which the company is touting as a "VB killer" and promises will attract 1 million developers. CEO Alfred Chuang told eWeek this month that BEA has signed up about 750,000 developers in the first year of the program.

Suns work does not stop there. John Fowler, Suns CTO for software, said simplicity is a major focus for the company. "How do we drive simplicity?" he asked. "With Java, how do we have a single development language and development environment?"

To help create that simplicity, Sun this week at the Web Services Edge East conference in Boston will announce JSR (Java Specification Request) 208 for Java Business Integration.

"What were trying to do with JSR 208 is to extend J2EE [Java 2 Enterprise Edition] integration APIs so that you have a great environment for integrating specifications such as [Web Service Choreography Interface] and [Business Process Execution Language for Web Services]," Fowler said. "So what were really trying to do is move up the J2EE spec to really embrace choreography and business integration."

Sun will highlight another JSR to help developers, JSR 175, called A Metadata Facility for the Java Programming Language, which will attack the Java complexity problem at the language level, Fowler said.

A JSR is the actual description of a proposed and final specification for the Java platform. Simple JSRs can take fewer than 10 months to pass through the JCP (Java Community Process), but some platform JSRs could take 18 months or more. Once a JSR has been approved by the JCP, it then becomes a part of the Java platform and ready for addition in vendor products—although some vendors add support for the JSRs in the proposed phase.

Additional reporting by Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft Watch.

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Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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