SAN FRANCISCO -- Sun Microsystems today released for download a qualification version of the source code for Java 2 Enterprise Edition 1.4 for licensees of the J2EE platform.
The complete reference implementation of the enterprise-level Java platform will be released sometime late in Q4, Sun's group marketing manager for Java Web Services, Ralph Galantine, told NewsForge.
The source code delivers support for the final WS-I Basic Profile and includes the J2EE programming
model for portable Web services applications. The release includes compatibility tests, allowing J2EE licensees to make progress on implementing J2EE 1.4 in their daily work.
"This is not a final drop; this is a prerelease build, so that developers can get their testing started now," Galantine said. "They need to let us know about any problems they come across in testing or in the source code, so that we can complete the full reference build by the end of the year."
The new J2EE 1.4 specification originally was scheduled to be released last February, but Sun delayed it twice in order to be able to include new Web service specifications from the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I). WS-I specifications are designed to ensure interoperability between various vendors' Web services products. The WS-I approved its new specs in August.
Key new features in the J2EE 1.4 pre-release build include additional support for Java Server Pages (mainly involving ease of use); better interoperability with existing J2EE connectors; and improved support for management and tool vendors. "We've added a better interface for management and deployment," Galantine said.
For more information, see the press release on Sun's Web site.