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J2EE Technology Will Support WS-I Basic Profile

Sun Microsystems Drives Industry Towards Web Services Interoperability With Major Enhancements to Java Platform

Drives Innovation with Implementation of WS-I Specification Support in Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) Version 1.4

Santa Clara, California, USA. February 4, 2003.

Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced major new enhancements to the Java platform, including additional support for key Web services technologies in the upcoming release of Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) version 1.4. Building on Java technology's heritage of platform independence and portability by design, Sun is working through the Java Community Process (JCP) to make J2EE technology the standard for Java Web services development and interoperability. Specifically, Sun will include full support for the "Basic Profile" specification that has been proposed by the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) to ensure that Web services component technologies work together. By adding support for WS-I Basic Profile to the existing support for Web services standards such as WSDL, SOAP, ebXML, and UDDI, J2EE technology provides both the Web services programming model and data model that enable developers to build end-to-end applications and services that can be used on any internet enabled device, anytime, anywhere and by anyone. As a result, developers can apply their programming knowledge broadly across computing environments to build portable Web applications or Web services that allow customers to save costs and increase revenues by bringing their information assets to the Web.

"For nearly a decade, Java technology has fostered innovation throughout the industry. By bringing Web services standards and interoperability together in the J2EE technology, we are evolving the Java Web services platform into the industry standard for developing and deploying interoperable Web services. This will help accelerate the next wave of innovations that ease development and create opportunity for businesses," said Mark Bauhaus, vice president of Java Web services at Sun. "With support for WS-I basic profile, J2EE v 1.4 demonstrates Sun's commitment to open standards. Sun is fully engaged in collaborative work with industry organizations such as WS-I in order to help ensure Web Services interoperability becomes pervasive."

For the estimated three million Java developers, J2EE v 1.4 enables a new level of abstraction of the platform that reduces development complexity and helps developers more quickly build and deliver innovative applications and Web services. Java's appeal to developers is in its cross platform portability, faster time to market through component reusability and platform neutrality. For businesses using Java technology, estimated at 70 percent of enterprises surveyed in a recent analyst study, it means being able to switch computing environments without the cost of reengineering, leverage infrastructure investments via simplified integration with applications and legacy systems, and compatibility testing to protect the portability of their applications and Web services.

"As an Executive Committee member of the Java Community Process (JCP) and Founding member of the WS-I, BEA is firmly behind J2EE 1.4 and the inclusion of the WS-I Basic Profile. BEA will continue to work with Sun and others to drive new innovations into these standards bodies, rapidly implement them and ensure that they are industrial strength, easy to use and fully interoperable in the BEA WebLogic Platform," said Edward Cobb, Vice President, Architecture and Standards, BEA Systems, Inc.

"Borland delivers a leading integrated application lifecycle solution for Java that enables organizations to deliver better software faster," said Frank Slootman, senior vice president of software products at Borland. "From defining requirements and managing source code with CaliberRM and StarTeam, to building applications with JBuilder and Together to performance tuning with Optimizeit Suite and deploying onto the Borland Enterprise Server, Borland solutions for Java leverage the open standards and Web services interoperability available in J2EE 1.4 to accelerate the entire application development lifecycle."

"Macromedia believes there is a huge potential in open, standards-based Web services to bring about powerful new forms of application development and deployment," said David Sims, senior product manager for Macromedia JRun. "This move by the Java community will ensure that developers who leverage the robust J2EE platform will be able to more easily leverage services across heterogeneous systems."

"As a member of the JCP Executive Committee and a founder of the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I), Oracle has worked to deliver a common technology platform that spans both J2EE Technology and emerging Web services standards," said John Magee, vice president, Oracle9i Application Server marketing. "We are pleased that the community has come together to incorporate the WS-I Profiles in the J2EE standard in such a timely manner."

"As a member of the expert group working on JSR 151, SAP has a unique opportunity in the advancement of the J2EE v1.4 specification. This is becoming more evident as the specification and our company roadmap are both moving toward the goal of a Enterprise Services Architecture that make Web Services work for our customer's business," said Michael Bechauf, vice president of Java Architecture and Standards at SAP AG. "By creating a specification that supports all major Web service standards, Sun, SAP and other members of the JCP have taken a critical step toward true interoperability between platforms."


Currently in final development stage through the Java Community Process, J2EE 1.4 is expected to be available in the summer and quickly supported in a number of products from the industry's more than 30 J2EE licensees later this year. For example, the Sun ONE Application Server and Sun ONE Studio Integrated development Environment (IDE) are expected to support J2EE 1.4 in Q4 of this year. Oracle9i Application Server is expected to support J2EE 1.4 this summer.

About WS-I and The Basic Profile Specification

WS-I is an open, industry organization chartered to promote Web services interoperability across platforms, operating systems, and programming languages. Sun joined WS-I in October 2002 and is an active participant of the organization, inclu ding as a leader of one of WS-I's working groups. The purpose of the WS-I Basic Profile specification is to outline how a set of Web services component technologies should be used together to compose a Web service. These components include messaging (e.g., SOAP, XML and HTTP messages), descriptions (e.g., Web Services Description Language, or WSDL), discovery (e.g., UDDI) and security mechanisms (e.g., HTTPS, SSL or PKI). More information about WS-I and the Basic Profile specification can be obtained at

About the Java Community Process

Since its introduction in 1995 as the open, inclusive process to develop and revise Java technology specifications, reference implementations, and technology compatibility kits, the Java Community Process program has fostered the evolution of the Java platform in cooperation with the international Java developer community. The JCP has over 650 company and individual participants; more than 190 Java technology specifications are in development in the JCP program out of which 46 percent are in final stages. For more information on the JCP program, please visit

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See: (1) J2EE website; (2) "Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I)."

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