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Breaking News and Announcements from Sun at JavaOne !
Breaking News and Announcements from Sun at JavaOne !
Jan. 1, 2000 12:00 AM
(June 12, 2003) - This week, at JavaOne, Sun Microsystems announced the next step in the convergence of Web services with Java Technology for the Enterprise, version 1.4. "Sun is making a significant investment in the Java platform and the related community infrastructure to help ensure that Java technology is the industry's best platform for developing and deploying secure Web services, now and in the future," said Mark Bauhaus, vice president of Java Web Services, Sun Microsystems.
To encourage positioning the Java platform as the preferred environment for developing and deploying Web services, Sun made the following announcements:
Immediate availability of the Beta 2 version of the J2EE 1.4 software development kit (SDK), delivering extensive support for Web services and the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) Basic Profile specification.
Immediate availability of the Java Web Services Developer Pack (Java WSDP), Version 1.2, providing enhanced Web services capabilities.
Donation of important Java Web Services APIs included in the J2EE 1.4 SDK to the newly created java.net initiative for the development of open source versions (JAX-RPC, JAXB, SAAJ).
Immediate availability of enhanced network identity capabilities delivering the strategic foundation for identity-enabled Web services through the use of SAML, Liberty Alliance specifications and, in the future, via the OASIS WS-Security standards. New products include the Sun ONE Directory Server 5.2, Sun ONE Meta Directory 5.1, Sun ONE Identity Synchronization for Windows 1.0 and Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0 Service Pack 1.0. Sun's network identity platform contains extensive Java support including open J2EE standard APIs such as JAAS for authentication; enables management of access to EJBs, servlets and JSPs; and supports XML and SOAP through the use of the JAX-M/JAX-R standards.
J2EE Version 1.4 Features Major New Enhancements
The upcoming release of J2EE version 1.4 will feature full support for the "Basic Profile" specification that has been proposed by the WS-I to ensure that Web services component technologies work together. J2EE 1.4 will deliver support for Web services capabilities including synchronous or asynchronous SOAP-based messaging, service description and discovery; support for registries, and interoperability of Web services as defined by the WS-I Basic Profile.
With more than 3.5 million downloads to date, Sun's J2EE SDK is the most popular software code being used by Java enterprise developers. Historically, developers have used the SDK only for development purposes, deploying on commercially available J2EE application servers of their choice. With the release of J2EE version 1.4 later this year, the J2EE SDK will be licensed for use in both development and deployment environments, providing a seamless end-to-end development and deployment experience and helping speed time-to-market.
The SDK includes blueprints, a tutorial and a J2EE 1.4-compatible application server, as well as industry-leading Web services support. J2EE 1.4 now provides five Web services APIs and is expected to be the first enterprise platform to support the WS-I Basic Profile specification. A preview of the J2EE 1.4 SDK is available immediately as a Beta 2 release. For more information and to download the J2EE SDK v. 1.4 Beta 2, visit http://java.sun.com/j2ee.
Java Web Services Developer Pack
Sun's Java WSDP provides early implementations of Web services specifications, tools and Java APIs, many of which will be supported in future versions of the Java platform. The pack is designed to help developers keep current with rapidly evolving standards and programming interfaces for Web services and has had a significant impact in the marketplace, with over 800,000 downloads since its inception. Version 1.2 of the pack is available now and targeted for deployment on J2EE 1.3 or J2EE 1.4. Java WSDP version 1.2 includes the following new Web services capabilities:
Updated Messaging APIs -- JAX-RPC 1.1 and SAAJ 1.2 provide full support for both synchronous and asynchronous styles of Web services messaging.
XML Data Binding API -- Developers need the flexibility to work with XML in a native data format, or as a set of Java classes, based on application need. JAXB enables easy conversion between XML and Java classes, including support for XML Schema & Relax NG.
Web Services Security -- Initial support is being provided for XML Digital Signatures and Encryption, enabling secure exchange of XML documents.
Web Services Interoperability -- The Java WSDP includes a WS-I sample application, which is a supply chain management application that uses Web services endpoints from different vendors to test for compliance with the WS-I basic profile.
Industry Standard Schemas -- Universal Business Language (UBL) is an industry standard under development in OASIS to define standardized schemas for common business documents. The Java WSDP provides a case study of how JAXB helps in the rapid development of applications using industry-standard schemas.
Server Side GUI Development -- Java ServerFaces technology significantly simplifies the development of user interfaces for server-based applications, resulting in easier development of Web applications.
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Identity Foundation for Java Web Services
Sun also announced new and improved software for deploying a scaleable, high-performance identity foundation for Java Web services. These new products form the core of an identity management platform and include the Sun ONE Directory Server 5.2, the Sun ONE Directory Proxy Server 5.2, the Sun ONE Directory Server Resource Kit 5.2, the Sun ONE Meta Directory 5.1, the Sun ONE Identity Synchronization for Windows 1.0 and the Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0, Service Pack 1.0. Support for the Liberty Alliance Identity Web Services Framework and OASIS Web Services Security (WS-Security) standards will be included early next year.
Features specific to the enhanced Sun ONE Directory Server 5.2 include increased multiple platform support - including the "Solaris operating system on x86, increased scalability with 64-bit cache support, higher availability with 4-way multi-master replication over Wide Area Networks, support for global deployments, high-performance throughput with a protocol-independent front end that supports both LDAP and DSML, enhanced administration and Sun Cluster 3.0 agent support, which helps provide continuous availability for deployments. The Sun ONE Directory Server already supports UNIX, Linux, and Windows.
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