Feeds

False start for Java tools interoperability

Borland and IBM missing

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The next step in data security

An initiative driving interoperability across rival vendors' Java application development tools has been launched without support from the two largest Java application development players. The lack of co-operation between the industry's big companies raises concerns over the possible effectiveness of the venture.

Borland Software and IBM are missing from a line-up of nine ISVs, led by Sun Microsystems, which on Tuesday unveiled the Java Tools Community (JTC).

Instead, JTC has received backing from, among others: Oracle, which has been instrumental in building JTC since last summer; BEA Systems; Compuware; SAP; and SAS Institute.

The absence of Borland and IBM, though, meant JTC supporters were left to downplay concerns of increased fragmentation between competing Java tools frameworks - the opposite of JTC's intended goal. For its part, Borland believes the JTC is "premature", as the organization's relationship with the standards-setting body the Java Community Process (JCP) hasn't been adequately defined.

The JTC will work within the JCP submitting Java Specification Requests (JSRs) and comment on JSRs and resultant APIs it believes are suited for Java tools. However, a Java test compatibility kit is not on the table, which is something that could help ensure vendors who do implement JTC-backed APIs do so in a standards-based format.

JTC is the latest in a number of ongoing attempts to drive interoperability across different Java vendors' runtimes and tools. These include a set of APIs for common programming of some features in the competing WebSphere and WebLogic application servers announced in November, and JSR 198 published by Oracle in November 2002.

The absence of IBM from the JTC, in particular, will raise questions over the motives for JTC's formation. Sun in December rejected an offer to join the IBM-dominated Eclipse, which is building an interoperable framework for application development tools around IBM's WebSphere Studio IDE.

Concern also centers on why Sun and others have created the JTC, when JCP efforts such as JSR 198, are already underway for interoperability between Java IDEs. Many believe this is simply the latest round in a long-running battle between Sun and IBM to establish their dominance over the Java community.

This article is based on material originally published by ComputerWire.

Related Research
The Web Services Outlook
Enterprise Integration, Portals and Web Services 2003
Secure web portals and web services

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Mathematica hits the Web
Wolfram embraces the cloud, promies private cloud cut of its number-cruncher
Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months
Staffer's blog reveals all as projects languish on GitHub
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!
Not fit for purpose on day of launch, says Cupertino
Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps
Google offers beta of tricky OS-inside-OS tech
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.