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(October 27, 2003) - To build on the growing momentum that is fuelling adoption of Java technology in Greater China, Sun Microsystems' chairman, president, and CEO Scott McNealy has announced the launch of a region-wide alliance on Java technology. Riding on the launch earlier this year of Sun's Java Center of Excellence (JCOE) program, the alliance will bring the value and skills of Java programming and architecturing to Sun's customers throughout China. McNealy made the announcement during a visit to Shanghai, where he spoke at an inauguration ceremony attended by some of the first members of the new alliance. They included Hong Kong partners Global Network Solutions Asia Limited, Automated Systems (Hong Kong) Limited and Excel Technology International (Hong Kong) Limited, Taiwan partners Cradle Technology, Stark Technology, Everlite Technology and China partners ... (more)

J2EE 1.4 Specification Is Now Official

Sun Microsystems, Inc., the inventor and leading advocate of Java technology, today announced that the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition [J2EE] version 1.4 specification was approved by the Java Community Process (JCP) in an unanimous vote making it the industry's approved platform for Web services interoperability. This accomplishment for the Java community is marked with another Web services industry-leading move to license the new specification and its Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK) under special license to non-profit and Open Source projects. Apache.org and JBoss Group ... (more)

JDJ SPECIAL - Answered: The J2EE Questions No One Else Dared to Ask

First Things First: The Questions  What do the following companies have in common? BEA Systems Sun Microsystems The JBoss Group Oracle Corporation Pramati IronFlare The answer lies within this "JDJ Special" - in which Java Developer's Journal has quizzed Java vendors, and indeed its own editorial board, about The Future of Enterprise Java. Read on if you want to know how everyone answered the following questions, among many others:  What are J2EE's strong points? Java's strong points? How do you see the industry leveraging them today? Tomorrow? What are J2EE's weakest points? Java's... (more)

Focus on SOA...and Orbitz Uses Jini and EJBs, Says CTO Hjelms

Without SOA, says Orbitz's chief technology officer, his company - founded in 2000 and successfully IPO'd since then - wouldn't be able to leverage its main competititive advantage: speed to market. Helms then began to unpack this broad-stroke observation for a packed keynote hall at Day One of EDGE 2004, "Development Technologies Exchange" - the Java, XML, .NET, MX and Web Services techfest being served up in Boston's Hynes Convention Center Tuesday through Thursday this week. Making this as much a case study as anything, Hjelms first established the parameters of the Orbitz oper... (more)

Letters to the Editor

KBrowser's Performance? Jason Briggs' review of KBrowser (Vol. 6, issue 11) was interesting and useful. Thanks for highlighting it. One area he didn't cover was KBrowser's performance. I'd like to know his impression of how it performed, not only for WAP content but also for simple HTML content as well. I'm also interested in how he thinks KBrowser will perform on J2ME-enabled wireless handsets, now and in the future. Ron Stein ron@nazomi.com I didn't include performance, because I don't have a real phone to run it on, unfortunately. Up until the last month or so there haven't bee... (more)