Rivals IBM, BEA set to reveal Java specs
- By John K. Waters
Longtime rivals IBM and BEA last month published three
new jointly developed Java specs designed to increase application portability
across their app server offerings. IBM and BEA survived a long battle for J2EE
application server supremacy, promoting some surprise that the two firms had joined forces.
Rod Smith, VP of Emerging Technologies in IBM's Software Group, said the
companies developed three specs -- Service Data Objects (SDO), Work Manager for
Application Servers, and Timer for Application Servers -- to be implemented in
upcoming releases of IBM's WebSphere and BEA's WebLogic Platform.
The specs are aimed at making life easier for developers who want to connect
business apps across application servers based on J2EE, Smith said.
The two companies offered the following details on the new specs:
* Service Data Objects (SDO) -- Provides a unifying programming model for
data from heterogeneous data sources, including relational databases, XML data
sources, Web services and enterprise information systems.
* Work Manager for Application Servers -- Provides a simple API for app
server-supported concurrent execution of work items.
* Timer for Application Servers -- Provides a simple API for setting timers
in an app server-supported way.
''BEA and IBM have collaborated in the past on new specifications. [Now,] we
are entering a new phase where providing consistency across both companies'
application servers is of paramount importance to our customers,'' said Scott
Dietzen, BEA's CTO.
The companies are jointly submitting the proposed specs for Java Community
Process (JCP) consideration, Dietzen said. Both IBM and BEA are members of one
of the two JCP executive committees.
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John K. Waters is a freelance writer based in Silicon Valley. He can be reached