Sun Touts its Java-focused Portals

Developers are taking advantage of Sun's recent Web communities to spur Java programming efforts.

At the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World 2003 conference in Geneva next Tuesday, Sun Microsystems Inc. is expected to make announcements touting momentum behind its Java developer and consumer portals.

Sun is expected to announce that the Web site, a collaborative community for developers, and, Suns consumer-focused portal, have grown considerably since their announcement in June at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco.

Ingrid Van Den Hoogen, director of strategy for Sun Software, said that after only four months, has more than 23,000 members and 477 projects in its collaborative open-source development community.

"Its a collaborative site where the Java community can come together to share information about different areas," Van Den Hoogen said. "One area is the telecommunications market," which is being spearheaded by Java APIs for Integrated Networks (JAIN), she said.

One contributor to and user of the site is BaseVoice LLC, a Bridgeport, Pa., provider of IP telephony solutions for carriers, service providers and enterprises. According to Brian ONeill, the companys vice president of engineering, having access to java.nets community work on the JAIN APIs decreased the development time for his group to build their core product.

/zimages/6/28571.gifAt the JavaOne conference in June, Java developers showed a raft of mobile applications and tools for enterprise customers. Click here to see more on the solutions.

"It only took them three months to get their product to market, which is practically unheard of," Van Den Hoogen said.

Meanwhile, Van Den Hoogen said the site continues to add Java-based content for consumers, including games and entertainment, as well as information on Java technology and upgrades of Java desktop technology. And eventually, the site could feature "business content for enterprises," she said.