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JDJ Exclusive: How Long Can BEA Survive Against IBM? IBM Says, "We're Extending Our Lead Against BEA!" "IBM Has Widened Its Lead Over BEA, Gartner Confirms" BEA is expected to announce today that they will open major parts of WebLogic Workshop and donate it to the open source community in an attempt to stop losing market share against for example JBoss which is a free alternative to BEA's more expensive WebLogic licensing and support programs. With its code name "Beehive," BEA's global goal is to make the WebLogic Development Framework the world's leading toolset for developing applications - against competitors IBM, JBoss, and Oracle. Alfred Chaung's view on this was expressed in a recent interview as follows: "I think the opportunity and also the challenge at hand is how do we continue to proliferate Workshop in an exponential way." Typically the open source project... (more)

"I Didn't Invent XML Dammit," Says Tim Bray

It's every geek's dream to be able to write such a message. Tim Bray, Canadian technologist extraordinary, has finally had enough of being dubbed "the inventor of XML" - and accordingly wrote to a Slashdot thread yesterday to say:  I didn't invent XML dammit (Score:5, Informative) by tbray (95102) on Friday January 09, @07:10PM (#7934486) There were 11 other people on the committee and a couple hundred more in the discussion group. Geez. [ Reply to This ]   "I was just going to suggest that somebody push you off a cliff, in case you feel like inventing something else," was the first (... (more)

IBM Has Widened Its Lead Over BEA, Gartner Confirms

How Long Can BEA Survive Against IBM? IBM Says, "We're Extending Our Lead Against BEA!" As predicted in the May issue of JDJ, the proprietary application server market is being dominated more then ever before by IBM, with BEA's share slipping for the second successive year. IBM's share in 2003, according to the annual study released this week by analyst Gartner Dataquest, hit 41.3% ($429.7 million) "up from 36.4% in 2002," while BEA's slumped to 27.5% ($286.2 million), down from 29% the previous year. The figures, especially bearing in mind that the total market fell in 2003 by ... (more)

Sun Launches JavaFX Mobile

Sun Microsystems announced the availability of the JavaFX Mobile platform, enabling the Java wireless ecosystem to create expressive solutions, which leverage the power and ubiquity of the Java Platform Micro Edition (Java ME). The JavaFX Mobile platform delivers rich content and services across a range of mobile devices - from mass market feature phones to smart phones. Sun also announced that several leading handset manufacturers, service providers and ISVs are working with Sun to ship JavaFX Mobile handsets. The Java platform is supported by global mobile operators and device ... (more)

"Let's Bundle Free Java with Linux," Says IBM's Sutor

"If you could get every Linux distribution with an official, certified Java implementation where you could count on what it did, what its characteristics were, that would be a very powerful thing," said IBM's Bob Sutor last week, as a follow-up to Sun's dismissal - as "bonky" - of his suggestion that IBM and Sun should team up on open-sourcing Java. When asked who would provide such a Linux-Java distribution, Sutor replied that this was precisely one of the things IBM wants to talk to Sun about. Sutor disagrees with Sun's Jonathan Schwartz that Java would fork just as Linux has do... (more)