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Sun Microsystems Previews J2EE Version 1.4

Web Services Technologies Reach New Heights

Multiplatform Computing Benefits From Standard, Interoperable, Portable Java Web Services

New Programs and Services for Developers Available from Sun

Santa Clara, CA, USA and Yokohama, Japan. September 24, 2002.

Sun Microsystems, Inc. today previewed the latest version of Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) at JavaOne Japan Developer Conference. J2EE v 1.4 boosts multiplatform computing with the integration of web services support making Java the only architecture capable of giving developers the ability to deploy production ready web services across heterogeneous environments. J2EE v 1.4 provides support for key web services functionality such as UDDI and ebXML registries and repositories, SOAP, XML processing and schemas and the Web Services Description Language (WSDL).

"No other architecture allows developers to deploy production ready web services for development on multiple platforms like J2EE does," said Mark Hapner, architect and co-specification lead for J2EE v 1.4, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Using J2EE v 1.4 web services developers won't have to carefully pick and choose in order to achieve interoperability. They will get it by design."

With deep support for web services standards along with a more seamless integration of its functionalities, J2EE v 1.4 will provide better data center cost efficiencies for system administrators, quicker development and faster delivery to market for developers as well as expanded business opportunities for companies. These compelling benefits make it increasingly important for the leading tools providers to have products available to support development to the latest version of the platform. Sun expects to have a release of their Sun ONE Studio product which will support the J2EE v1.4 platform by May 2003.

Highlights of the features include rich web services support integrated with Servlets and EJBs, an enhanced version of the connector architecture, standard J2EE management and deployment functionalities. For the full spectrum of the new features, functionality and updates please visit the J2EE v 1.4 specification page at Currently the J2EE v 1.4 is in proposed final draft under the Java Community Process (JCP) with a target first customer shipment date of Q1 2003. The beta version is expected to be available in November 2002.

In conjunction with the release of the J2EE v 1.4 Sun will provide guidelines, tools and services to help developers implement the architecture in conformance with specified functionality, test for application server compatibility and for application portability.

Among the supporting programs and services are:

  • Java BluePrints for the enterprise program available now in Japanese: defines the application programming model for J2EE and provides common design strategies and best practices for effectively building distributed enterprise applications for the J2EE platform

  • The second edition of the Java BluePrints book "Designing Enterprise Applications with the J2EE Platform": is also available now in Japanese

  • The server compatibility program: comprises a suite of compatibility tests [J2EE Compatibility Test Suite] for verifying that a J2EE platform product complies with the J2EE platform standard

  • The JavaVerification Program: includes tests that make it easy for customers to probe application portability across different implementations of J2EE

  • New localized version of the program for Japanese developers: now available at

To find out more about these programs and their availability for J2EE v 1.4 please visit and

[Note: J2EE Client Provisioning]

About JavaOne Developer Conference

JavaOne Developer Conference is the world's largest conference for developers. Started in 1996, JavaOne provides opportunities for developers and businesses who want in-depth technical training, a chance to network with top developers and exposure to real-world solutions and the over-arching developer community. For more information about the Conference, 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 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at


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