Java Community Digs Open

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2004-01-31 Print this article Print

Dialog."> Instantiations Taylor said the new independent Eclipse organization and "the whole Java community will support this kind of open dialogue in the interest of making Java the preeminent development platform in the world." Indeed, Suns letter points to this position, as Sun, IBM, BEA Systems Inc., Oracle Corp. and others realize that their primary competition, collectively, is Microsoft and its .Net platform.
"First and foremost, the main goal for all of us in the Java development community is to achieve the strongest possible technology and market position for the Java platform," Suns letter said. "The Big Picture is a Java technology solution that ensures no lock in to a given platform, one that generates competitive markets and technologies, and one based on standards. That way developers, deployers and consumers continue to have choice and benefit from technological diversity."
Sun also warned the new Eclipse organization not to "define interoperability on its own terms, but rather work with other major players in the industry to achieve actual interoperability. "Working with the Java Community Process (JCP]) and the Java Tools Community (JTC) would be great entrees into the discussion," it said. Read more here about the official formation of the Java Tools Community. However, some Eclipse observers asked how Sun in any fairness could make claims regarding Eclipses impartiality when many view Sun as having its thumb on the Java Community Process scale. "I dont think fairness is the issue," analyst Rymer said. "The issue is effectiveness. Sun clearly wants Eclipse to align its activities with those of the JCP. I expect that the Java tools activities at Eclipse will do so out of necessity." "To create competitive Java tools, Eclipse will have to implement relevant JSRs [Java Specification Requests]. Im not as concerned with the new Java tools group because it has no known influence on the market yet," he said. Click here to read more about JSR 198, the goal to establish a common API for extending Java IDEs. JavaLobbys Ross added: "I respect but do not envy Sun. Their insistence on control has left them in an increasingly isolated position." "Without IBM, Sun could never have built the success Java has enjoyed. Without Sun, however, the IBM-led Eclipse group has been making great strides. I would certainly prefer to see Sun and IBM renew cooperation in pursuit of what is best for the Java platform and industry," Ross said.

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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