Sun Rolls Out Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8

4/19/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc., the inventor of Java[tm] technology, announced the general availability of the Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8. The offering is the first commercially available version of the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE[tm]) 1.4 specification, which includes support for the Web Services Integration (WS-I) Basic Profile and extensive developer productivity features. In addition, Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8 is the first commercially available application server to support the new JavaServer[tm] Faces 1.0 APIs for building powerful GUIs for J2EE technology-based applications. The company also announced the update of the J2EE 1.4 Software Developer Kit (SDK), available for free at

"Sun has played a leadership role in the application server market, being the first solution to drive the convergence of XML and Java technology into Web services, and then changing the economics of Web services by offering production versions of the application server for free," said Mark Bauhaus, vice president of Java Web Services, Sun Microsystems. "The dramatic success of the developer release of Sun Java Application Server 8 clearly illustrates that Sun's solution is well aligned with the needs of companies that are in the process of developing and deploying secure Web services today."

The Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8 is designed for developer productivity with tools to help deploy applications quickly. With a small-footprint J2EE platform suitable for broad adoption and embedding in third-party systems and applications, the Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8 brings J2EE 1.4 technology into volume markets. The Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8 is the default container for the NetBeans[tm] open source integrated development environment (IDE), and Sun's development tools product line including Java Studio Standard, Java Studio Enterprise, and the upcoming Java Studio Creator. It is completely free of license fees for development, deployment and redistribution, with support available for an additional charge.

In addition to being the first fully Compatible implementation of the J2EE 1.4 platform, the Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8 includes two new technologies for building the Web tier of J2EE technology-based applications: JavaServer Faces, which simplifies building user interfaces by providing reusable UI components for use in Web applications, and the JavaServer Pages[tm] (JSP[tm]) Standard Tag Library (JSTL), which encapsulates core functionality common to applications that use JSP pages. In addition to these new features, the solution provides a scalable and reliable J2EE application platform featuring many industry-leading technologies including:

About the J2EE 1.4 SDK
Sun's J2EE SDK is one of the most popular software kits being used by Java developers today. 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, the J2EE SDK has been 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 J2EE 1.4 SDK includes blueprints, tutorials and a fully J2EE 1.4-Compatible application server, as well as comprehensive Web services support. For more information about J2EE technology or to download the J2EE 1.4 SDK, visit

The Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8 is free and can be downloaded from Sun has also provided migration tools to easily move applications running on the J2EE Reference Implementation 1.3/1.4 Beta1, Sun[tm] ONE Application Server 6.x/7.x, Sun ONE Web Server 6.0, WebLogic Server 5.1/6.0/6.1, WebSphere Application Server 4.0 , JBoss 3.0 and Apache Tomcat 4.1. The migration tool can be downloaded from

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

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