Meanwhile, with Sun sending off a letter to the Eclipse community last week calling for more unity and diversity in the Java tools space, the conference is expected to be grounds for debate on the issue. Michael Bechauf, vice president of NetWeaver standards at SAP AG, will moderate a panel at the conference entitled: "Tools Interoperability Benefit or Burden?" Bechaufs panel is expected to include discussion on the Java Tools Committee (JTC), a recently formed Sun-backed group that supports tool interoperability. SAP is a member of the JTC, as well as the Java Community Process (JCP) and Eclipse.One of the reasons, perhaps the primary reason, Sun gave in its letter to Eclipse was that Sun did not want to abandon work on its own open-source development platform, known as NetBeans. So it is expected that Phipps would address this. However, in an interview with eWEEK, Phipps was coy regarding what he would say. "Well, I dont intend to be in any way hostile to Eclipse," he said with a chuckle.
And in what has become one of the most anticipated talks of the conference, Simon Phipps, chief technology evangelist at Sun, will give a keynote presentation on "The Business of Open Source."