Java looks to common architecture

Speaking at the JavaOne conference, Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice-president of software at Sun Microsystems said the company...

Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice-president of software at Sun Microsystems, said the company was keen to move Java technologies on to one common platform.

"We've got to get back to finding a common platform. All [the Java] technologies need to come together in one common architecture," Schwartz said at the JavaOne conference.

Instead of having separate Java technology throughout the enterprise - from Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition (J2EE), to the standard Java 2 Platform Standard Edition (J2SE) and the mobile Java 2 Platform Micro Edition (J2ME) - Schwartz suggested the company is working to create a single Java system by pulling everything together, including smart cards, under one common theme.

"We need a Java system that not only pulls in application program interfaces (APIs) but delivers a desktop system with security and a developer system," he said, noting this would develop a new market for Java developers.

This imperative move by Java, to improve the platform by delivering one Java system, would propel the network effect and boost the market.

Also launched at the conference was the Java everywhere brand and logo campaign; the unveiling of java.com to showcase Java technologies; and the release of java.net, to expand Java technology-based innovations and communities.

Allison Taylor writes for ITWorldCanada.com

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