Sun Microsystems will ship Java 2 Enterprise Edition 1.4 next week, which is designed to enable the use of web services in Java applications, along with an application server based on the new platform.
The J2EE 1.4 reference implementation, for developing compliant applications, also will become Version 8 of Sun's application server, said Sun's Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president for software.
"The 1.4 reference implementation will in fact be our (basic-level) application server," offered free of charge, Schwartz said. "Anybody can get our application server," said Schwartz.
However, higher-level application servers that are more scalable and fault-resilient also will be available for a price. Schwartz pledged that Sun, which has trailed in the Java application server market behind companies such as IBM and BEA Systems, will become the unit volume leader in application servers.
Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld