The Java application server market was given a boost at the JavaOne conference last week, with product releases from two key players.
Lutris Technologies unveiled an Open Source enterprise version of its Enhydra Java application server, which allows Web developers to build enterprise-scale Web applications and to manipulate the source code of the server to suit their own needs.
Lutris also released a professional edition of Enhydra that incorporates source code of third-party developer tools from vendors such as Inprise/Borland and Sun Microsystems into one suite, to enable the development and deployment of Internet and wireless applications.
Allaire also released the first mass-enterprise edition of its JRun Java application server, JRun 3.0.
The company acquired the JRun product through its acquisition of Live Software last year. It is the first release of the server with support for Sun's J2EE specification, which allows the development of transactional, enterprise-scale Web applications, said Adam Berrey, director of product marketing at Allaire.
Meanwhile, Sun is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Java technology.
In that time, Java has become almost synonymous with the development of high-end, e-business-enabled applications.
Unlike Allaire's JRun, Lutris's Enhydra is Open Source, which means the development community has access to its source code and can tweak the server to meet the needs of a specific application.
Antonio Plutino, director of technology partnerships at Bullsoft, said giving the enterprise edition of Enhydra to the community will the spur development of enterprise-scale Java applications.
Last year, Bullsoft, the software arm of French technology firm Bull, incorporated its Jonas Enterprise Java Beans (EJBs) application server into the enterprise version of Enhydra to give Enhydra support for Sun's EJBs 1.1 specification.
David Taber, senior vice-president of business development for Sun's Forte Java development tools, said: "We Open Sourced the Forte for Java code base because we wanted people to use it and spread the word that we're serious about multivendor co-operation."
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