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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2003-06-12 Print this article Print

Jon Dart, senior architect at JCP member TIBCO Software Inc., Palo Alto, Calif., said at todays Borland event, "Generally, we havent been unhappy with how Sun has managed its stewardship of Java" overall. Yet, said Dart, "we now see some fragmentation as the J2EE [Java 2 Enterprise Edition] architecture gets bigger and [the process gets] slower." Damon Rolfs, senior solutions architect at Accenture Ltd., NY, who also attended the Borland event, said he believes "frequency of iteration" to be an issue for the JCP. "I see a lot of competing standards in the open-source community," he said.
Dart, too, noted "theres more than one standard" in some spaces. In particular Java business process integration, he said. "And thats troublesome," he added.
Bola Rotibi, senior analyst of software development and application server technologies at Ovum Research, London, said "theres a lot of breakaway on the mobile side," with Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME), "and it causes people to look elsewhere." Some observers have gone so far as to suggest Sun cede control of the JCP over to a neutral party or an established standards organization. "That is not part of my vision and not really part of the vision of the Java community," said Gingell. Anil Gadre, a Sun vice president in the software division, said he believes no other organization is as open or has the "integrity" the JCP has. The JCP consists of 650 companies and individuals that vote on changes and revisions to the Java platform. Sun is expected to hold a JCP progress event late Thursday pacific time.

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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