Sun Microsystems is to launch an upgraded version of its web services development platform on 16 May.
The company will release a software development kit and compatibility test suite for Java Enterprise Edition 5 (Java EE5).at its JavaOne Conference in the US, to allow web service platform suppliers and developers take advantage of the technology.
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Java EE is currently known as Java 2 Enterprise Edition, or J2EE. Companies including IBM, BEA, JBoss and Oracle are now set to deliver application server platforms that rely on the new version.
Sun says that Java EE5 allows users to develop new web services code much quicker, and is less clunky to use than the current version.
Java EE5 will compete against rival web services platforms such as Microsoft’s .net solution.