IBM's Lotus group has alarmed developers by pulling key Java technology, called Garnet, from the upcoming release of Domino.
The move, announced at Lotusphere 2002, has developers concerned that an embedded Websphere application server will replace much of the existing Java support in Domino.
In a note at Lotus' website, Arthur Fontaine, Lotus market manager responsible for the Domino-WebSphere integration, said there was a lot of focus on how J2EE elements could help developers do more with Domino.
"That was the impetus for what we called Garnet, primarily, the JSP tag library, the embedded Tomcat servlet engine and the ability to edit JSPs and servlets in Designer," Fontaine said.
He also said over time it became apparent this was not going to be the best idea because partial compliance with standards does not work and Garnet actually created a risk to the strategic goal of making Lotus a key player in the J2EE world.
"We would have eventually been talking our customers into building applications that won't play in a standard J2EE environment," he said.
Garnet, which has been integrated into the current beta versions of Domino 6, is not complete enough and will not be included in the beta that ships this month.
According to Lotus, the J2EE tag library will remain, but developers will no longer be able to use Domino as an execution environment and will need to use WebSphere or another J2EE Web application server, which Version 6 will support.
In a posting at the Notes.Net website, one participant said Domino will become just another mail server and another suggested that Domino 6 be renamed "Domino Edsel", a reference to Ford's infamous flop of a car.
Lotus, which battled Microsoft and Novell in the messaging and collaboration market in 2000, ranks first in the market with 50 per cent of overall revenue, followed by Microsoft with 36 per cent and Novell with 5 per cent, according to analyst firm IDC.
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