JAVAONE: Java looks to common architecture

SAN FRANCISCO – The move towards Java technologies existing on a common platform was one of the messages Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice-president of software, Sun Microsystems Inc. was trying to get across at the first keynote session at the JavaOne Conference on Tuesday.

“We’ve got to get back to finding a common platform. All [the Java] technologies need to come together in one common architecture,” Schwartz said to a crowd of thousands at the Moscone Centre.

Instead of having separate Java technology throughout the enterprise – from Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition (J2EE), to the standard Java 2 Platform Standard Edition (J2SE) and the mobile Java 2 Platform Micro Edition (J2ME) – Schwartz suggested the company is working to create a single Java system by pulling everything together, including smart cards, under one common theme.

“We need a Java system that not only pulls in application program interfaces (APIs) but also delivers a desktop system with security and a developer system,” he said, noting this would develop a new market for Java developers.

This imperative move by Java, to improve the platform by delivering one Java system, would propel the network effect and grow the market, Schwartz added.

Other announcements made Tuesday at the conference included the launch of the Java everywhere brand and logo campaign; the unveiling of to showcase Java technologies; and the release of, to expand Java technology-based innovations and communities.

JavaOne runs until June 13.