Oracle Submits API Standard for Java IDEs
Oracle architect Ted Farrell says that if the standard is accepted, it will mean less work for developers.Oracle Corp. on Tuesday announced that it submitted a Java Specification Request (JSR) to the Java Community Process (JCP) for a new application programming interface to enable standards-based extensions to work with any Java integrated development environment. Ted Farrell, architect and director of strategy for application development tools at Oracle, in Redwood Shores, Calif., said if accepted, the JSR, known as JSR 198, The Standard Extension API for Integrated Development Environments, will mean less work for developers. "There are a lot of technologies out there, from Borland, to our product, to WebGain, to NetBeans and others, and they all require developers to write multiple versions of their add-ins for their stuff to work with each different IDE," Farrell said. "This API would enable them to write their extensions once and have their extensions run with any standard Java IDE."
Farrell said although Oracle has technology available that it could submit as part of this specification, the company is simply promoting the idea and will work with other interested companies to develop the specification. He said Sun Microsystems Inc., Macromedia Inc., and JetBrains Inc. have pledged support for the JSR.