Sun to Open Source App Server, Service Bus at JavaOne
- By John K. Waters
Sun Microsystems is set to make a number of announcements at the company's annual
JavaOne developer conference this week at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.
- Sun is expected to announce it will make the source code for the Sun Java
System Application Server, Platform Edition 9 available under its OSI-approved
Common Development and Distribution License, sources inside the company disclosed.
Based on the latest Java Enterprise Edition 5 reference implementation, the
Java AS PE 9 is a Java EE application server designed to deliver Java applications
and Web services across disparate computer server networks. By open-sourcing
the app server, Sun hopes to "streamline the evolution of a robust, commercial-quality
Java EE compatible application server that is packed with new features and bug
fixes," sources say.
Earlier this month, Sun launched the GlassFish Project, which made the app
server's source code available under the Java Research License. That license
grants some access, but prohibits full open-source privileges.
Sun describes the CDDL as a "direct descendant" of the 1.1 version
of the Mozilla Public License. The company created the CDDL to free developers
from the obligation to give their new code back to the developers of OpenSolaris.
Sun's CEO Jonathan Schwartz has called it “a genuine attempt to lower
barriers to entry.” Sun says it will make the first buildable source code
for OpenSolaris available by the end of June.
- Sun also plans to announce extensive support for the Java Business Integration
specification, sources say. Developed within the Java Community Process, JBI
defines a standard container in which components from multiple vendors and various
integration technologies can interact. The hope of JBI is that it will set the
standard for integrating corporate resources in a service-oriented architecture.
JBI defines a framework for plug-in components that comprise an integrated solution.
Those components can be as anything from EJB containers to BPEL process engines,
or adapters that expose applications or workflows as Web services.
The JBI was driven by Sun and an Expert Group of more than 22 industry vendors
and individuals, including Apache, JBoss, IONA, Novell, Oracle, SAP, SeeBeyond,
Sonic Software, Sybase, webMethods and TIBCO Software. The JBI spec extends
the Java Enterprise Edition with a protocol infrastructure that supports a range
of integration component models and bindings required by standards-based SOAs.
The JBI 1.0 spec was approved by the JCP this spring. The first reference implementation
is expected to ship later this summer.
Sun's implementation of the spec, the Java Enterprise Service Bus, was announced
last week as part of the company's open-source initiative. The Java ESB will
also be licensed under the CDDL. According to Sun, 19 enterprise infrastructure
providers will join the company, which is becoming the first to deliver SOA
JBI-based platforms and tools. Fourteen have committed to do so within the next
- Sun is also simplifying the development process of Java-based applications
by introducing new features to Java Studio and NetBeans tools platform. In response
to developer feedback, Sun is: introducing an early access program for Java
Studio Creator 2; previewing at the future release of Sun Java Studio Enterprise
9; announcing general availability of the Java Web Services Developer Pack 1.6.
The company hopes these changes will foster community collaboration and boost
- Conference attendees will also get a look the latest roadmap for Sun's Java
Platform, Standard Edition, and for the Java Runtime Environment. The company
is offering developers an early taste of Java SE 7.0 by inviting them to join
the community that's helping build the next release of Java SE, expected in
- Finally, Sun will be unveiling new features of the next edition of the Java
Enterprise Edition platform, Java EE 5. The new version will make development
easier and increase productivity for the Java community, sources inside the
This year marks Java's 10th anniversary, and Sun is beaming like Dad on graduation
day. The company might be forgiven some a bit of pride, given how far the programming
language it created for PDAs and set-top boxes has come in a decade. Sun estimates
Java now drives more than $100 billion of business annually. It counts 4.5+
million Java developers, 2.5 billion Java-enabled devices and 1 billion Java
technology-enabled smart cards. Analysts at Ovum estimate that 708 million Java-enabled
handsets were circulating by June 2005. And Java Community Process membership
has reached 912.
For more information about the JavaOne conference, go to: http://java.sun.com/javaone/sf/index.jsp.
John K. Waters is a freelance writer based in Silicon Valley. He can be reached