Sun Microsystems has used its JavaOne conference this week to unveil a roadmap for its Java programming language, with web services and greater XML support a key aim.
The upcoming Java Enterprise Edition release 5 will include simplified web services support and more support for web services standards.
A beta of version 5 is due in the last quarter of this year, with the final release planned for the first quarter of 2006.
Sun said Java EE 5 would allow web services to be built with just a few lines of code.
The forthcoming Java Standard Edition 6 platform, codenamed Mustang, is due in 2006. This will feature XML and web services enhancements, along with desktop improvements.
A web services client stack will enable clients to easily connect to web services, and Java SE 6 will also include a revamped XML stack and a new scripting engine.
Sun said the look and feel of the system would match Microsoft’s next generation Windows Longhorn platform, which will also appear next year.
Java SE 7, codenamed Dolphin, is due in early 2008.