Sun posts beta of next-generation Java

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Sun posts beta of next-generation Java

Sun Microsystems has released a beta version of its next-generation Java standard for building business software.

Sun posted on its Web site a beta version of Java 2 Enterprise Edition, which bundles a mix of Java technologies that gives developers a uniform way to build business software. The core piece is Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB), a programming model that lets developers write applications using reusable pieces of code.

The Java 2 EE competes with Microsoft’s programming model called Windows Distributed Internet Applications. Sun wants programmers to use Java so the software they build can be used in all computers, while Microsoft primarily wants developers to create software that operates with its Windows operating system.

Sun will ship the final version of Java 2 EE in December.

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