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Who Got There First? WebSphere Lays Claim to be First "Major" App Server Vendor to Achieve Compatibility-But Small-And-Agile
Who Got There First? WebSphere Lays Claim to be First "Major" App Server Vendor to Achieve Compatibility-But Small-And-Agile

Just days after Pramati's announcement that its Pramati Server 3.0 has been certified J2EE 1.3 compatible, IBM has announced its own achievement in that field, namely J2EE 1.3 compatibility for its WebSphere Technology for Developers. "With this new release, IBM continues to outpace BEA, and to stand firmly at the industry's forefront," boasts IBM proudly. Clearly, the big players in the i-technology ballfield recognize the value of compatibility with J2EE standards. BEA had been the first vendor with EJB 2.0 support, so this particular victory was especially sweet for Big Blue.

Originally, IBM's marketing folks had gotten a little carried away. "WebSphere® Technology for Developers is the first application server featuring Java? 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) 1.3 compatibility," they had claimed. This caused some confusion, as Pramati's certification had already been listed at Sun's Java site before IBM's announcement. JIN News Desk asked for clarification from IBM. "WebSphere has 34 percent market share of the application server vendors, according to Giga, and is the first major application server vendor to pass the J2EE 1.3 compliance tests, beating out BEA, Oracle, and Sun," said Laurie Friedman, IBM Media Relations. "Pramati is one of a handful of vendors with very small (less than 3 percent) market share. IBM is the first among the major app server vendors. Pramati was the first vendor to pass the certification for J2EE 1.3 compatibility."

Friedman also confirmed that the certification of WebSphere Technology for Developers is for WebSphere preview technology. The certification is not for an app server but for the first release of technologies that will be included in the certified WebSphere app server itself, which will be available in the first half of 2002.

IBM's WebSphere Technology for Developers certainly does have much to offer. With WebSphere Technology for Developers, developers can run 1.3 applications -- including applications from other vendors or applications they have built themselves that take advantage of JSP 1.2, Servlet 2.3 or EJB 2.0 specifications. They can also build new applications that implement the latest Web services APIs including SOAP and UDDI4J.

But Jay Raghavendra Pullur , founder and CEO of Pramati Technologies, had the last word: "Pramati is indeed the first to complete certification," he commented, "ahead of everyone including IBM. We have the beta product that is now available for developers to try, whereas IBM has yet to make its beta version available."

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BEA had been the first vendor with EJB 2.0 support, so this particular victory was especially sweet for Big Blue.

This seems to be incorrect, as Pramati was the first to support EJB 2.0 too. They were the only vendors in Java One who had EJB 2.0 support for their server.




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