Web services flow from JavaOne
- By John K. Waters
JavaOne has arrived early this year, and this week's
annual Sun Microsystems Java jamboree is once again shaping up to be a major
assault on castle Microsoft. Held at San Francisco's Moscone Center, JavaOne
2002 will make the case for Java over Microsoft and .NET as the platform of
choice in the emerging world of Web services,
Sun and Microsoft have long been fierce antagonists,
particularly over Java, and are currently competing head-to-head for the hearts
and minds of Web services developers; as well, there is the court battle in
which Sun alleges that the Redmond, Wash., software maker with anticompetitive
behavior has harmed the development of Java.
Beyond the anti-Microsoft rhetoric, the 2002 conference
promises to yield a host of new products from a host of suppliers, again with a
pronounced emphasis on Web services. Hewlett-Packard Co. is expected to use the
JavaOne platform to unveil the HP Web Services Platform 2. Despite recent
wrangling among its executives over the company's proposed merger with Compaq,
the Palo Alto, Calif.-based computer maker has made its mark in the emerging Web
services world with a new tools suite designed to allow developers to create Web
services and tie them into Java-based applications on the HP app server. The
suite includes a server for handling SOAP messages and tools for creating
registering them in a UDDI directory.
The growing importance of Web services has influenced
this year's developer sessions, as well. Attendees will find a new Web services
track, with nearly 70 technical sessions and 46 birds of a feather events. (BOFs
are informal gab sessions between attendee developers and Sun software
engineers.) The goal of these sessions is to give developers a leg up in using
the most recent Java APIs with emerging Web services protocols, such as SOAP.
The next-largest track focuses
on J2EE, with 52 sessions and 40 informal meetings.
Last year's event, held in June, drew an estimated 20,000
attendees to Moscone. Event promoters are expecting attendance at this year's
event to equal last year's. The conference runs through Friday.
John K. Waters is a freelance writer based in Silicon Valley. He can be reached