Sun Microsystems' key goal will be to make Java its popular programming language, ubiquitous and unified, said Sun officials at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco.
The company is looking to provide a unified face among these different flavours of Java to present to the marketplace. To make development easier, the company has been working to make sure that different parts of the Java platform are no longer developed in isolation.
Jonathan Schwartz, Sun executive vice-president of the software group, hailed Java's success and stressed that the platform must grow in areas such as on handheld devices, and in consumer and gaming applications.
"I think we've been fabulously successful in some ways that no one could have [predicted] five or six years ago," Schwartz said.
Java is pervasive in clients, servers, desktops, handheld devices, and web services. "The majority of web services that are built today are going to be built using Java," he added. About a half-billion desktops run Java.
Java will be in printers, TVs, webcams, cash registers, PDAs and even petrol pumps, Schwartz said, but added that unity is needed in Java and a common platform is needed to bring together different components. No one wants different sets of technologies for multiple architectures.
"To do that, we've got to build out one network. We've got to make sure those mobile devices are interacting with those desktops, which are interacting with those servers," Schwartz said.
He touted a single platform, called The Java System, to provide a unified face among Java variants.
The JavaCard, Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME), Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE), and Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) versions of Java must be integrated as one system to provide for simplification and grow the Java developer base from its three million developers to 10 to 15 million developers, said Schwartz.
Sun also is working on a project called "Fast Web Services Everywhere", intended to boost web services by using WSDL as the IDL instead of XML and also using binary wire protocol. This has resulted in a five- to tenfold improvement in performance, said Fowler.
Paul Krill and Robert McMillian write for InfoWorld