Java Tools Community Effort Back on Track
According to sources, the plan to build an ecosystem of Java tool frameworks based on open standards appears to be finally gathering steam with new support from tools vendors.The effort to build a tight-knit organization to support advancements in Java development is set to take off next month, and possibly as early as next week, sources said. The effort, initially reported in eWEEK and originally known as the Java Tools Community (JTC), will feature several leading Java tool vendors working to link their frameworks together. The vendors, including leaders BEA Systems Inc., Oracle Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc., hope the creation of an ecosystem of Java tool frameworks based on open standards will battle more effectively against Microsoft Corp. and its .Net Framework and Visual Studio .Net integrated development environment (IDE). The effort was to launch in September, but stalled as the nascent organization pressed to get more companies involved. Now, with increased support, not only of technology provider companies, but also of user organizations, the JTC is ready to launch, sources said.
In addition, the group will prominently feature Java Community Process (JCP) support, sources said. "We lobbied to make sure this initiative was aligned with the JCP," said a source at one of the companies involved in the effort.