J2EE 1.4 Beta Released

Ooh, fresh off of Meercat: J2EE 1.4 Beta Arrives: Web Services Ready. Looks pretty interesting. Among the enhancements:

  • The JAX stuff: JAX-RPC from within EJBs and JAXR for accessing UDDI registries, etc.
  • J2EE Deployment 1.1 API (Standard for IDEs to package and deploy apps to servers)
  • Web services for J2EE specification (JSR 109)
  • J2EE Management 1.0 API (MEJBs???)
  • Java Authorization Contract for Containers (JACC)
  • Enhancements to the EJB query language
  • New container-managed Timer Service ("That means EJBs can now wake themselves up and launch a business process") Coooool!
  • JSTL
  • Simple Expression Language
  • JSP Fragments
  • Servlet Request Listener Interface
  • Updates to Servlet Filters
  • J2EE Connector Architecture (for integrating with EIS via adapters)

Some cool stuff. I wonder how long before this'll be in available servers. I, of course, especially like the JSP and Servlet enhancements. I think those will be very useful.


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