IBM and BEA Servers Get Spring Support

Interface21 has certified the use of its Spring Framework with IBM's WebSphere Application Server. The Spring Framework is an open source solution for building applications using the Java and Java Enterprise Edition platforms.

Certification means that Java developers using IBM's server can expect "structured support from Interface21," according to the company's announcement.

In addition to its IBM collaboration, Interface 21 has been working with BEA Systems, a provider of service-oriented architecture solutions for enterprises. BEA has incorporated the Spring Framework into parts of its WebLogic Server 10.

The collaboration helped BEA produce a Java Enterprise Edition 5-compliant server. Java EE5 products, based on Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0 (EJB 3.0) technology, purportedly simplify matters for developers. For example ESJ 3.0 simplifies how Java objects are mapped to relational databases with a Java Persistence Application Programming Interface.  

Java EE5 servers also feature the use of annotations that developers can embed in their code to indicate how the code should be processed by tools or by the server. The use of annotations avoids having to pass separate XML files along with the application.

The BEA-Interface21 collaborative effort arose from the "Pitchfork" project. Pitchfork specifies an add-on to the Spring Framework based on the Apache 2.0 license. It combines EJB 3.0 and Java Specification Request 250 (for annotations) technologies.

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Kurt Mackie is online news editor, Enterprise Group, at 1105 Media Inc.