Sun, HP and IBM lead a long list of vendors at the Java conference promising support for Web services.
Sun Microsystems Inc. pulled out all the stops in touting this years JavaOne developer conference in San Francisco as a paean to Web services, with new support for Web services on its low-end Java 2 Micro Edition platform and a road map for delivering Web services support in Java 2 Enterprise Edition.
Richard Green, Suns vice president and general manager of Java and XML software, said Sun is leading an expert group within its JCP (Java Community Process) to develop a small Web service specification, known as JSR 172, which would extend Web services into the world of wireless devices.
"One thing weve been looking at with our partners is how to bring the world of consumer devices to Web services," Green said. JSR 172 is being endorsed by Suns Forte tools group, as well as by Oracle Corp., Metrowerks and Borland Software Corp.
In addition, Sun announced Project Monty, which features two new Java Virtual Machines to support Web services and deliver enhanced performance on consumer devices.
Patricia Sueltz, executive vice president and general manager of Suns Software Systems Group, said this years JavaOne conference will focus on the developers and technology and less on marketing.
One key piece of new technology that Sun, of Palo Alto, Calif., unveiled at the show is its Application Verification Kit, which "makes sure your applications are running right," said Green. The AVK is a portability test environment based on the J2EE 1.3.1 software development kit, and it ensures that an applications code is compatible with J2EE standards.
In short, said Green, "J2EE is da bomb." Calling it the platform for Web services, he said there are 36 licensees that are delivering J2EE-powered applications going forward.
As far as the JCP is concerned, Sun on Tuesday will announce its conciliatory moves toward the open-source movement. The company is expected to "make an announcement about how we are going to grow the community with luminaries from the open-source world," Green said.
Green listed some figures regarding Javas growth in the market: There have been 100,000 downloads of Suns Java Web Services Developer Pack; there have been 500,000 downloads of J2EE 1.3 over the last five months; there has been a 39 percent growth in application server sales, worth $2.19 billion in 2001; 10 telecommunications carriers deploy Java services; and 15 handset manufacturers offer Java wireless functionality.
Looking at products, Suns own iPlanet unit revved up it Web services application integration framework with a new iPlanet XML Adapter Designer toolkit and WSDL support for iPlanet Integration Server. In addition, Sun will announce J2EE Connector Architecture native support for iPlanet Portal Server and a new portlet API JSR initiative.
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.