IBM: Open letter to the Java development community from Rod Smith, VP Java Software, IBMDec 23, 1999, 01:08 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rod Smith)
"There has been a lot of discussion this past week regarding Java, IBM's relationship with Sun, Sun's Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) brand name, and our commitment to industry standards. We've heard some of you say that you are looking for details of what's going on. I want to take this opportunity to clarify IBM's position in these areas."
"There is an important issue at stake here: the freedom to develop in an environment that will remain open, available, and unified. Without a stable base of open standards, software developers will find their move into the world of e-business complicated."
"IBM's support for open standards hasn't changed -- it is the same as it was four years ago, as it was six months ago, and as it was last week. As a company, we are deeply committed to industry standards that best support the multi-platform, multi-vendor and dynamic environment that the Internet has enabled. Simply put, we believe that e-business is all about "cooperating on standards and competing on implementation." This can only occur in the context of true, cross-industry commitment to these standards."