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Industry Leaders Usher in Latest Java Enterprise Technology

  • April 30 2004, 1:00am EDT

Sun Microsystems, Inc., the inventor of the Java technology platform, joined with industry-leading Java licensees including BEA Software, Borland Software Corporation, IBM Corporation, Oracle Corporation, Pramati and Trifork in showcasing the latest innovations made possible with Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition (J2EE) version 1.4.

Since being finalized in November 2003, J2EE 1.4 has spawned five compatible products in only six months and 15 more have confirmed development schedules. With 35 OEMs and over four million downloads of the J2EE specification and Software Development Kit (SDK), the community is unified and focused on compatibility and standards, with broad adoption that extends to open source solutions providers including Apache Software Foundation, JBoss, Inc. and the Objectweb Consortium.

The J2EE 1.4 platform is the first open standard platform to drive the convergence of XML and Java technology into Web services and to completely support WS-I Basic Profile conventions for interoperability and implement both the Java API for XML-based RPC (JAX-RPC) and the Enterprise Web services specification (also known as JSR 109) in the Java Community Process (JCP). This evolutionary step from J2EE version 1.3 supports existing J2EE-based applications without modification and allows current J2EE 1.3 deployments to get the full benefits of Web services standards support. J2EE 1.4 also drives faster solution delivery time through reusable components, Enterprise JavaBeans and J2EE Blueprints that provide best practice guides to simplify the development of scalable, available, J2EE-compatible solutions.

More than 90 percent of all application servers use the J2EE technology architecture. The cornerstone of the J2EE platform's success is compatibility, which enables customers to assemble standards-based integrated stacks from multiple vendors' products. The successful J2EE compatible market assures free market competition and continued return on investment, freeing future technology decisions from single vendor constraints. A full listing of J2EE compatible products can be found at . J2EE authorized licensees are also listed on the web at

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