Sun Microsystems Inc.
this week announced that the next versions of its key technologies: the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition and the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition, have been
submitted to the Java Community Process program for review.
The JCP program is a community-based process for developing Java
technology specifications, reference implementations and associated
compatibility test suites. With this announcement, the JCP program is further strengthened as a sound and
successful community-based model for evolving Java technology, a statement
issued by Sun Microsystems said.
Sun submitted two Java Specification Requests (JSRs) to the JCP program
for review: one for J2SE v1.4, the successor to J2SE v1.3 which is
currently available as a beta release; the other for J2EE v1.3, the next
release of J2EE, which has been shipping in v1.2 since December.
Submitting a JSR is the first step in developing or revising a Java
Sun (SUNW) plans to ship J2SE v1.3 this spring for the Windows platform, with support for the
Solaris Operating Environment and Linux to follow.
The JSR for J2EE will enable the Java technology community to participate
in the definition of the target feature set for J2EE v1.3. The proposed
feature set includes APIs defined in other existing JSRs, previously defined
APIs, and possible new APIs.
J2EE v1.3 will be the Enterprise Edition of v1.3 of the Java 2 platform,
with a full set of facilities for the development, deployment and execution
of multitier, server-centric applications, including the Enterprise
JavaBeans component model, JavaServer Pages technology and Java Servlets,
JDBC, and JavaMail technologies.
The JSR for J2SE proposes the development of a target feature and API
set for the next update release of J2SE, v1.4, scheduled to ship in 2001.
This JSR is designed to ensure that the next upgrade release of J2SE
includes all appropriate features and APIs now in development with the Java
community. It also seeks to make certain that the release is compatible with
earlier J2SE releases.