At the O'Reilly Open Source Conference, BEA Systems, Inc., a leading application infrastructure software company, announced several milestones designed to help developers embrace open source and Java to increase innovation and productivity in creating service-oriented architectures (SOAs). These milestones, which demonstrate further strengthening of BEA's commitment to the open source community, include availability of Apache Beehive code and acceptance of Apache XMLBeans.

The initial code submission for the Apache Beehive project is now available to the public, and can help enable developers to begin developing and collaborating on SOA-based applications. The incubation project for XMLBeans, contributed by BEA as an open-source project designed to help simplify Java and XML development, has received approval as an official project of the Apache Software Foundation .

By making these technologies more broadly available to developers through the open-source community, BEA is helping to provide choice and portability so that customers can avoid costly vendor lock-in and simplify service-oriented and J2EE application development.

The Apache Software Foundation provides organizational, legal and financial support for a broad range of open-source software projects via an established framework for intellectual property and financial contributions that are designed to help simultaneously limit contributors' potential legal exposure. Through a collaborative development process, Apache projects are designed to deliver enterprise-grade, freely available software products that can attract large communities of users. The Apache License is designed to help make it easy for users at all levels, commercial and individual, to deploy Apache products.

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