Sun unveils new products aimed at business developers

Responding to requests and feedback from software developers, Sun Microsystems has expanded its online developer resources with a...

Responding to requests and feedback from software developers, Sun Microsystems has expanded its online developer resources with a new Sun Developer Network that combines a number of pre-existing resources into one portal.

The updated and expanded developer programme was unveiled at the Web Services Edge Conference 2003 in Boston, as Sun outlined some of its latest moves to encourage developers to create applications. 

Sun also announced today the availability of Sun ONE Web Services Platform Developer Edition, a fully integrated platform for Java-based Web services and application development; and a proposal for a new Java Community Process (JCP) specification for application development. 

The Sun Developer Network will let Solaris, Java and Linux developers find everything they need for development, deployment, testing or marketing in one place, said Mike Bellissimo, Sun's senior marketing director for Java Web services and tools. By doing that, "rather than searching, they're developing," he said. 

The portal can be used free of charge and later on will include content from partners. 

The Sun ONE Web Services Platform Developer Edition will contain everything in one package for a developer to work on network-based enterprise applications, according to the company. The product is an integrated suite of development tools and development-ready servers, including the integrated development environment, portal, network identity, application and integration server functionality. 

In other news, Sun announced that it has submitted a proposal to the JCP that would expand the way Java developers build integration solutions, by providing a standardised container for business integration components as part of the Java platform. Sun expects that through the introduction of this integration architecture, business integration will quickly converge with Web services, thus helping to accelerate the adoption of Web services and reduce integration costs and complexity. 

Sun's Java Business Integration Specification was submitted to the JCP for standardisation in late February and recently won approval by the JCP executive committee. The Java business integration architecture will be based on a loosely coupled integration model that aligns with Web-services-style distributed computing. It will use existing Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) integration components such as the Java Message Service, Java Connector Architecture and the J2EE 1.4 Web services application programming interfaces, as well as new capabilities.


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