But before we all join hands and go happily bounding down the Blue Brick Road, lets take a closer look at whos offering what, and why. Although IBMs Rod Smith was the author of the original open letter to Suns Rob Gingell, IBMs director of WebSphere Infrastructure Software Bob Sutor was deployed to press the initiative.
"We need an absolutely official open-source implementation of Java,"
Of course, the WS-I only jelled when Sun was finally allowed to be elected to the board; Sun software chief Jonathan Schwartz is proud to point out that Sun was the first to implement the WS-I stack in its Java Enterprise System. But Schwartz is blunt about IBMs standards motives this time around in an
The process hes referring to is the Java Community Process (JCP), which IBM has long sought to remove from Suns control. "We are interested in insuring compatibility and driving the standards--because standards drive competition," Schwartz says. "Were not interested in allowing any one vendor to split the market and drive it for their exclusive benefit."