Sun Microsystems, which controls the widely used Java standard, said Tuesday that it will push out the delivery of the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) 1.4 specification until this summer. The J2EE 1.4 specification, which gives Java licensees the blueprint for building Java programming tools and server software, was set to debut in the current quarter.
The forthcoming J2EE specification incorporates Web services protocols, a set of standards and a programming method for connecting disparate computing systems. Adoption of Web services is accelerating as companies look for ways to lower the cost of sharing information.
Sun representatives said the company chose to push back the finalized J2EE 1.4 specification in order to comply with interoperability guidelines set forth by the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I).
And in three months they are expecting the profile to be stable and final? J2EE 1.3 may be the end of the road in terms of an agreed-upon all-vendor standard. With the ongoing delays of these specs, economic pressure on the middleware providers, and the volatility of all the "standards" we're currently dealing with... is anyone really waiting for this? Wouldn't J2EE 1.4 only be a snapshot that's valid only on the exact day the spec hits the street? The way and intensity in which the WS-* arena works is apparently very incompatible with how the JCP works.