Sun is still positive:
JBI is the key to Java-based SOA strategies, said Mark Hapner, a Sun distinguished engineer and J2EE architect, in Santa Clara, Calif.
"JBI will drive the shape of ESBs [enterprise service buses] much like the EJB [Enterprise JavaBeans] spec helped drive the shape of app servers four to five years ago. In short, JBI will provide to ESB and integration what EJB has provided for app servers and business logic," said David Chappell, vice president and chief technology evangelist at Sonic Software, in Bedford, Mass.
Sources said they believe IBM got involved with the JBI effort because it was the only way the company could get a look at the spec.
In addition, because JBI works to level the integration playing field, supporting JBI may not be "in [IBM's] best interest," said a source.
Sources also said BEA has a different set of issues, such as pushing more technology through the open-source community, rather than the JCP, to garner developer support for its platform.
BEA has open-sourced the development framework for its BEA WebLogic Workshop Java development environment, which is now an Apache Software Foundation project called Beehive
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