Sun Microsystems has officially released the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) 1.4 specification and has also provided the JBoss Group with an opportunity to join the J2EE-compatible community.
JBoss will license the J2EE 1.4 specification and accompanying software development kit.
"We've reached agreement with them where they can get access to the J2EE test suite," said Rick Schultz, group product manager for J2EE and the Sun Java Application Server product at Sun.
In unveiling J2EE 1.4, which focuses on building web services on the Java platform, Sun also is releasing an attendant developer edition of an application server based on Version 1.4.
"This is in response to J2EE developers asking us over the years to include a deployable app server in the SDK," Schultz said. The J2EE 1.4-compliant application server will be Sun Java Application Server 8.
J2EE 1.4 was approved by the Java Community Process executive committee by a 16-0 vote on 12 November.
Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld