Hatchets Buried on J2EE 1.4.By Gavin Clarke
JBoss Group LLC (Logical Link Control) See "LANs" under data link protocol.
LLC - Logical Link Control will certify its open source application server to Sun Microsystems Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) is an American vendor of computers, computer components, computer software, and information-technology services, founded on 24 February 1982. Inc's latest Java specification, healing a spat between the companies and helping JBoss achieve respectability.
The organization has licensed Sun's Compatibility Test Suite (CTS (1) (Clear To Send) The RS-232 signal sent from the receiving station to the transmitting station that indicates it is ready to accept data. Contrast with RTS.
(2) (Common Type System) The data typing used in . ) for Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) A platform from Sun for building distributed enterprise applications. J2EE services are performed in the middle tier between the user's machine and the enterprise's databases and legacy information systems. ) 1.4, released next week, and established a program for vendors to contribute people, money and services for the official test process.
Borland Software, Iona Technologies IONA Technologies, NASDAQ: IONA, began life as a campus company in Trinity College, Dublin and was founded by Chris Horn, Annrai O'Toole, Colin Newman and Seán Baker. IONA maintains headquarter offices in Dublin, Boston and Tokyo. , webMethods, Unisys and Schlumberger are the first to sign-up to JBoss' J2EE Founders Program.
Apache Software Foundation (open source, body) Apache Software Foundation - (ASF) An umbrella consortium that manages the development of the Apache web server, dozens of XML- and Java-based projects (under the name Jakarta), the Ant build tool, the Geronimo J2EE server, the SpamAssassin anti-SPAM tool, and will also certify to J2EE 1.4 Sun said yesterday, but it is JBoss' announcement that potentially closes a very painful, and very public, chapter in the life of J2EE.
JBoss and Sun spent much of this year trading insults or threats over J2EE certification. Without testing, JBoss has claimed its application server is J2EE-compatible, while also claiming Sun has held-up its attempts to become certified.
The sticking point was licensing of the J2EE Reference Implementation (RI) that came with the test suite, as the RI contained vendors' code, potentially tainting any open source projects. During the last year or so, Sun has altered the RI's licensing to eliminate this and other problems.
Sun, meanwhile, was reported to be considering legal action against JBoss at one point.
JBoss' decision appears to be burying the hatchet hatchet: see tomahawk. , albeit through bared teeth.
Rick Schultz, Sun's J2EE group product manager, welcomed JBoss' decision saying customers could finally know whether the application server is truly J2EE-compatible. "No-one knew how compatible they were... compatibility is a big part of the overall value proposition," Schultz said.
Bob Bickle, JBoss vice president of corporate development and strategy, said: "Sun is letting us play a part in the [Java] community instead of there being a stalemate."
Certification for JBoss lends the product an air of respectability. Anecdotal evidence anecdotal evidence,
n information obtained from personal accounts, examples, and observations. Usually not considered scientifically valid but may indicate areas for further investigation and research. suggests growing uptake in the developer sphere but that broader adoption is restricted because customers are concerned the product lacks Sun's official steaming cup of coffee stamp.
Additionally, JBoss wishes for more industry partners like webMethods to use its application server with their own software. webMethods uses JBoss as a transaction engine, sidestepping BEA Systems Inc and IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) Corp, who compete on integration.
"Certification remains a question mark in peoples' minds," Bickle said. He added certification would ensure JBoss and open source are perceived as a "safe choice" against companies like BEA BEA - Basic programming Environment for interactive-graphical Applications, from Siemens-Nixdorf. .
Sun, meanwhile, is also betting big on J2EE 1.4 after lagging BEA and IBM in both product quality and J2EE certification for years. The entry-level, Platform Edition of its next J2EE application server, version 8.0, will be launched in March 2004, the company said. Sun did not give a date for Standard and Enterprise Edition of application server 8.0.
Platform Edition will also be based on the official J2EE 1.4 RI, a vanilla application server lacking features like performance optimization, administration and high-availability.
The relatively quick delivery of an application server founded on the RI, Sun believes, will give it an early lead among the all-important developer community. Developers help enrich platforms like those from Sun, by building applications that are used by businesses and which help grow market share.