Expanding in China
Meanwhile, Trifork announced that its Trifork T4 application server has passed the J2EE 1.4 certification suite of about 25,000 tests and has become the first company in Europe to prove J2EE 1.4 compatibility. Sun also announced further expansion of Java in China through a deal with Shenzhen Kingdee Middleware Co. Ltd., of Shenzhen, China, where Kingdee has licensed J2EE and said it plans to release a J2EE 1.4-compatible version of its Apusic Application Server.And Pramati announced that its Pramati server will be J2EE 1.4-certified in the third quarter of this year. "J2EE 1.4 represents a whole new opportunity for enterprises in being able to deliver Web services," MacNeil said. In addition, J2EE 1.4 is a better environment for tools, said Steve Wilson, director for NetBeans technology at Sun. "J2EE 1.4 from a tools providers perspective makes it possible to build tools easier," Wilson said. He added that J2EE 1.4 is better for debugging and for deploying applications. "One of the things were trying to do is make sure there are good tools available," Wilson said. Suns open-source NetBeans integrated development environment version 3.6, released two weeks ago, supports J2EE 1.4, Wilson said. Meanwhile, Sun, Oracle, BEA, SAP and others involved in the Java Tools Community (JTC) have been busy upgrading the groups Web site, called javatools.org, which will feature advice to developers and provide expert groups dealing with topics related to Java tooling and Java Specification Requests (JSR). Wilson said the site also will have a section dedicated to vendors, where ISVs can discuss issues such as whether to update JSRs or develop new ones. Wilson said the new features will appear on the site over the next month. 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:
ObjectWeb, the Grenoble, France-based consortium working on open-source middleware, announced that its JOnAS application server is now being tested against the J2EE 1.4 certification test suite.