6/19/2002 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced that the Java[tm] Web Services Developer Pack (WSDP) is immediately available free of charge for download at www.java.sun.com/webservices. The software offers developers a comprehensive set of tools and tutorials to immediately and easily build Web services that not only support all the emerging Web services specifications but also leverage all the advantages of the industry's leading enterprise application development and deployment platform: Java[tm] 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE[tm]). Developers have downloaded more than 600,000 early access copies of the code since last year and are developing Web services today.
"Most developers today are using Java technology to build new and innovative Web services and to extend their existing mission-critical enterprise applications to the Web," said Rich Green, vice president and general manager, Java and XML Software, Sun Microsystems. "The key advantage to building Web services using the Java WSDP is that developers can be confident that they are writing code that is based on open standards, that runs on an open platform, that is part of an open and diverse software community, and that comes from a company that has stood for open network computing for two decades."
The Java WSDP is a complete set of APIs and tools developed through the Java Community Process(sm) (JCP(sm)) that enable developers to build highly scalable, portable, interoperable, and open Web services and distributed enterprise applications. Integral to the Java WSDP are tools for building SOAP messages, support for WSDL, and support for access to UDDI registries as well as ebXML registries and repositories.
The package also includes the Apache Tomcat application server, and JavaServer Pages[tm] (JSP[tm]) Standard Tag Libraries. Additionally, all the XML APIs from the previously released Java XML Pack ( http://java.sun.com/xml) are now fully integrated into this expanded Java WSDP so developers have one convenient download package of integrated Web services tools for the Java platform. The technology already has the support of major tools vendors throughout the Java community, and will also be integrated into upcoming editions of Sun's Sun[tm] ONE Studio integrated development environment (IDE) and the upcoming release of J2EE 1.4.
Complex and costly enterprise application integration challenges are an important reason for the current industry push to Web services technology. The ability to integrate those existing systems with the rapidly emerging Web services paradigm is critical for customers as they seek to create new and competitive business strategies.
"Web Services is all about programmatic interoperability, whether the code is Java or .NET-based," said James Governor, analyst with Illuminata, Inc. "Sun's Java WSDP includes everything Java technology developers need to get started with building XML Web services and understanding the new programming model involved."
As the 38 J2EE licensees work to solve customer integration issues with J2EE compatible products, the final version of the Java WSDP will enable their developers to maximize current investments in Java technology by integrating Web services seamlessly with existing enterprise Java applications. The extensive tutorials and functionality of the Java WSDP will also allow Java technology developers to build and deploy Web services using their existing skills, thereby increasing ROI from previous technical training.
Support from the Java Community Grows
"Sun ONE Studio supports Web services by leveraging key standards coming out of the JCP," said Peter Young, vice president, Sun ONE Studio Tools, Sun Microsystems. "The Java WSDP offers a head start to both us and our customers when it comes to understanding and gaining experience with the latest Java Web services APIs. The power we see in the Java approach to Web services is how we can abstract developers from the ever-evolving world of Web services specifications and make sure developers leverage today's skills across tomorrow's standards."
"The release of the production version of the Java WSDP adds the final touch to Oracle's leadership in providing a complete and integrated platform for developing and deploying standards-based Java Web services", said Thomas Kurian, senior vice president of Oracle 9i Application Server at Oracle. "Given our ongoing commitment to J2EE compatibility, Oracle is intending to fully support the standards defined by the Java WSDP technology into Oracle 9i Application Server and Oracle 9i Jdeveloper."
"BEA continues to rapidly implement the latest J2EE and Java WSDP technology innovations in the WebLogic Platform," said Eric Stahl, director of product marketing, BEA Systems. "Bringing Web services and J2EE technology standards together is an important step to extending the power of the J2EE platform into a Web services environment."
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