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TechWeb: Java: Not Just For Geeks Anymore

Jan 01, 2001, 14:47 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alan Radding)

"No more excuses -- it's time for Java in corporate IT. Bursting onto the scene five years ago -- eons ago in Internet time -- Java should be ready to take its place on the menu of acceptable, mature enterprise technologies. At least, that's the intent with the latest release of Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE)."

"A number of issues are standing in the way of J2EE adoption by corporate application-development groups, however. These include concerns about the maturity of the development environment, the need to find or train more Java developers, the complexity of Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB), and the need to upgrade to the new generation of J2EE application servers to take full advantage of the technology."

"The J2EE application servers likely to emerge on top include BEA Systems' WebLogic, IBM's WebSphere, Sun's own iPlanet, and Sybase's EAserver, said Evan Quinn, a vice president at Hurwitz Group. Other likely players include Allaire Corp. (stock: ALLR), Bluestone Software Inc. (stock: BLSW), and SilverStream Software Inc. (stock: SSSW), Quinn said. More specialized players include Iona Technologies, which provides a J2EE application server with strong CORBA object-broker capabilities, and Enhydra, a Linux-based application server."

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