Eyeing Java Governance

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2004-05-11 Print this article Print

So, are you saying you wont support modeling in your toolset? Well, there is the ability today, you can abstract and you can import the [Rational] Rose model already. But to support it meaning we will support UML? Our customers are not asking for it.
People are looking for simplicity. They want to have loose coupling. They want to have smaller blocks of shared services applications, not to have one giant service that encompasses the whole thing. Its just not what people are chasing anymore.
Do you have any stance on the whole open-source Java debate? Nobodys happy with the way that the Java governance works within Sun today. Ill point out some interesting things. Its a taboo in our world to name anything Enterprise Java or Java X in your product. You look at what Sun now calls its Java Enterprise Systems—all the LDAP [Lightweight Directory Access Protocol] services, none of those things are written in Java; theyre all written in C. Thats just not right. So, I think from that perspective, the governance needs to be revisited. I dont know if open source is the way to solve that problem. Because one of the things that we enjoy today is the reason why Java has progressed so fast is because of the lack of bureaucracy. When you have too many cooks in the kitchen, it stalls the progression. Now, can open source potentially solve that problem? If its well-run, it can. But who is going to run it? It is an enormous investment to run open-source efforts like this. It would be bigger than what Sun is putting into just governing Java and doing reference implementations. I would have a hard time with Sun switching from that into running a big open-source organization. I just dont see it. I dont know what the benefit is anymore out of this whole Java thing. How important is the government market to your company? Its hugely important. But I think most of the time people are only looking at the U.S. government, because thats where a lot of the spending has been. Our government business spans around the world. I would say most of the tax agencies use our software for their online reporting. Our customers include postal agencies, a lot of military deployment for intelligence capturing and military control logistical management systems in and outside of this country. And a lot of the government-to-citizen interaction portals are developed on BEA. Our government business is about the same inside and outside the U.S. This is a critical market for us. Check out eWEEKs Developer & Web Services Center at http://developer.eweek.com for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools. Be sure to add our eWEEK.com developer and Web services news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  

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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