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Sun Makes Its Presence Felt at XML 2000

Stressing a commitment to open standards, Sun Microsystems Inc. descended on the XML 2000 conference in Washington Monday with a couple of Web development announcements.

Sun lifted the curtain on two Java application programming interfaces (APIs) for the Extensible Markup Language (XML) -- the Java API for XML Messaging (JAXM) and the Java API for XML Parsing (JAXP) and ventured deeper into its partnership with the Apache Software Foundation to create a new XML toolkit.

The technology giant hopes Monday's launches, along with its purchases of data storage management company HighGround Systems Inc. and software maker grapeVINE Technologies, will fuel its push to maximize its B2B e-commerce capabilities for client companies.

The interfaces, with the Java API for XML Data Binding (JAXB), form the core of XML support in the Java 2 platform. These Java technologies for XML offer developers a powerful API tool set for developing applications using Java platform's portable code and XML's portable data.

JAXM, JAXP, and the forthcoming JAXB are being developed through the Java Community Process program, the open, community-based organization that propels the Java platform. JAXP, JAXM and JAXB are expected to be included in the next releases of the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition and Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition.

George Paolini, vice president, Technology Evangelism, Sun Microsystems Inc., said the pairing of his firm's Java platform with XML will allow enterprises to simplify and lower the cost of information sharing.

"The early access availability of these key Java technologies means developers can get a jumpstart on developing next generation B2B applications," Paolini said.

Both APIs are downloadable free of charge through Sun's Java Developer Connection.

Sun has also been tinkering with a new Java-based toolkit for Scalable Vector Graphics with Apache Software Foundation. Called Batik, it is suited for the Internet and will probably become a solution for delivering graphics over the Web.

Released in beta form at the conference by Apache, it received support from a number of firms in addition to Sun, including CSIRO, Eastman Kodak Company, and ILOG. Sun said its works to join forces with other firms to learn from and share information about Web development as part of open standards-based partnerships.

Batik is the third Apache project to which Sun has donated code and technical resources. Other projects include Jakarta, a collection of initiatives around JavaServer Pages™ technology and Java Servlets technologies, and Xerces 2, an XML Parser.