Partners, Rivals Fall in Line with Sun's J2EE 1.4By Darryl K. Taft | Print
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Five companies announce compatibility with the specification, including IBM and Oracle, as Sun also introduces an application verification kit and further expansion in China.Sun Microsystems Inc. is sponsoring an event Monday to celebrate the adoption of J2EE 1.4, the latest version of Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition.
Several partnersas well as competitorsjoined Sun at the San Francisco event to announce compatibility with J2EE 1.4 or plans to support the specification, which became available last November.
Five companies now offer J2EE-compatible products, Sun said. Those companies are Sun, of Santa Clara, Calif.; IBM Corp., of Armonk, N.Y.; Oracle Corp., of Redwood Shores, Calif.; Tmax Soft Inc., of Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; and Trifork A/S, of Aarhus, Denmark.
In addition to IBM's and Oracle's presence, the Sun-sponsored event included panels with officials from Borland Software Corp., BEA Systems Inc., SAP AG and others. And other companies, such as Attachmate Corp. and iWay Software, were on hand at the event to demonstrate complementary technologies.
MacNeil said the difference between moving to J2EE 1.3 and transitioning to J2EE 1.4 is that there are more lower-cost and open-source application-server alternatives this time around. "There is a great deal of choice," he said. "The vendors who were leaders with J2EE 1.3 may not necessarily be leaders with J2EE 1.4."