SUN MICROSYSTEMS has released its Java Platform Enterprise Edition 6 and claims that it has all the big names signed up to support it.
Sun's Java EE is one of the more popular web and enterprise application development and deployment platforms and according to the press release it has been downloaded 18 million times, which puts it right up there with the Paris Hilton video.
This version is designed to be a little more flexible and enable companies to develop specific application scenarios.
The Java EE SDK is supported by 28 licensees that market Java EE compatible-products. Developers can download it here
Sun is quick to point out that the JCP is a collaborative community effort, which includes a large group of industry leading companies and organizations, including Apache, Caucho, Eclipse, Fujitsu, Google, HP, IBM, Oracle, Red Hat and SAP. So in other words if your web server puts on a woolly hat and starts to scream "I'm a teapot, I'm a teapot" it's not just Sun's fault.
The Java EE 6 specification introduces Profiles, which target the platform at specific application scenarios. There is a lightweight Web Profile which is designed to specifically address web application deployment scenarios that may not require the full enterprise functionality of the broader Java EE platform.
Sun has improved some of the specifications and introduced Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 3.1 Lite technology into the mix. All this allows web developers to quickly build applications without the need to build and manage a custom stack.
Karen Tegan Padir, vice president of MySQL and Software Infrastructure at Sun said that the Java EE platform has grown and matured to cover a wide range of enterprise and web application needs.
"Java EE 6 is designed to be more lightweight and modular to help simplify development, serve more applications and address various deployment scenarios."
The rest of the press release talked a lot about embracing in the developer community, which we thought was a little risqué for a family publication. µ