The Java Community Process, led by Sun Microsystems Inc., routinely issues new and updated standards for XML and Web services.
Now Sun has rolled out a product to help developers keep up with the changes.
Java XML Pack, issued in December, is a tool kit for developers that provides XML and Web services technologies for the Java platform.
Sun officials said Java XML Pack, available now via download at java.sun.com/xml/downloads/javaxmlpack.html, bundles key industry XML and Web services standards, giving Java developers the technologies they need to quickly build Web services.
For Web services developers, XML provides a standard for integration and service interchange, while Java provides a universal logic platform for building business and consumer services that run across multiple operating environments.
Officials with the Palo Alto, Calif., company said Java XML Pack will be refreshed quarterly to allow the inclusion of all publicly available releases of Java APIs and standards for XML and Web services.
Those include processing, messaging, data binding and remote procedure calls, as well as services such as registration, description and discovery.
By downloading Java XML Pack, developers can update the Web services support in their Java software. In addition, Sun officials said major tool vendors have incorporated Java XML Pack in their development tools.
John Zukowski, chief evangelist for Spidertop Inc., said the product will help developers that want to get working on XML-based Web services immediately. Spidertop, of Montreal, provides Java-based user-interface development tools for Web services.
Java XML Pack "will bundle the XML technologies together for someone not interested in waiting for JDK [Java Development Kit] 1.4 and who doesnt want or need all of J2EE [Java 2 Enterprise Edition]. JDK 1.4 has the XML stuff bundled already," said Zukowski. "By not requiring all of J2EE, it permits a smaller memory footprint."