Sun pushes to join Web services battle
- By John K. Waters
Web services was a hot topic at last week's seventh annual gathering of
Java jocks, held at San Francisco's Moscone Center three months earlier
than in past years, reportedly due to a scheduling snafu. The JavaOne
crowd was noticeably smaller than previous conferences, but Sun officials
said 2002 attendance more than met expectations.
Sun outlined several plans for Web services during the conference,
including the availability of the second early access release of the
Java Web Services Developer Pack (WSDP). The Java WSDP includes a set of
Java APIs for building Web services, and a Web development starter set
that includes JavaServer Pages, Standard Tag Library 1.0 Beta 1, Apache
Tomcat 4.1-dev Container, Java WSDP Registry Server 1.0 EA2, the Ant Build
Tool 1.4.1 and a Web Application Deployment Tool.
Sun officials also used the JavaOne platform to disclose first shipment
of the beta version of its J2EE Application Verification Kit (AVK). Sun
said the kit can help developers verify whether applications are J2EE
compliant. The AVK incorporates a suite of more than 15,000 tests, both
static, which examines code, and dynamic, which evaluates code execution
on the application server. Results are summarized through a reporting tool,
which generates detailed logs. Code that doesn't adhere to the J233 1.3
core specification is flagged.
John K. Waters is a freelance writer based in Silicon Valley. He can be reached