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Sun Readies Java EE 5 For Launch

Sun Microsystems began ramping up for JavaOne this week by announcing Java Community Process (JCP) approval of the Java Enterprise Edition 5 specification, a formality that clears the way for the updated platform's release.

Sun calls Java EE 5 the most significant update to the Enterprise Java development platform in more than five years. A battery of features aimed at easing development and a greatly simplified component model are among the updates in Java EE 5.

Representatives from Oracle, BEA, JBoss and SAP joined Sun executives on a call Thursday to discuss the JCP approval. All are planning announcements related to Java EE 5 at JavaOne, which opens May 16 in San Francisco, and several have already incorporated key Java EE 5 advances like Enterprise JavaBeans 3 (EJB) into their software. Sun plans to release the Java EE 5 SDK and compatibility test suite at JavaOne.

Sun executives ducked a straight answer to the immortal rumor about Java: Will Sun open-source it?

"Every year, we evaluate what we're going to open-source at JavaOne," said Jeff Jackson, senior vice president of Java development at Sun, before launching into a litany of all the ways in which the Java development process is already open and transparent. "We basically have done this entire development project with the community in plain sight."

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