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JavaOne 2006: BEA Kodo Finalized with EJB for SOAs

EJB-Enabled Kodo 4 and WebLogic Focus on SOAs

BEA Systems has announced the general availability of Kodo 4.0 with EJB3 and a technology preview of BEA WebLogic Server. The technology preview is designed to feature a full implementation of the recently finalized EJB3 specification, the company says, and continues it recent tradition of taking a "blended" strategy approach to the growing SOA market.

In addition, BEA announced that Open JPA (Java Persistence API) has been approved into the incubator of the Apache Software Foundation. A portion of the code has already been delivered to the community and BEA is actively working on subsequent code drops. BEA originally announced plans to donate a substantial portion of its Kodo product to the open source community under the name Open JPA earlier this year.

Kodo 4.0, which was acquired as part of BEA’s purchase of SolarMetric, Inc., in November 2005, is among the first generally available products to implement the EJB3 Java Persistence APIs. Kodo 4.0 provides leading EJB3 tooling and flexible support for Java Data Objects.

“Today’s announcements reaffirm BEA’s technical leadership role, as well as demonstrate once again that we adopt standards quickly and efficiently and actively participate in the open source community,” said Peter Cooper-Ellis, Executive Vice President, WebLogic Server Business Unit. “The tech preview of WebLogic Server with EJB3 represents another important milestone in the execution of BEA’s blended strategy and shows that innovation is alive and well in the application server market.”

BEA has contributed in many areas of the Java EE release and led the Web Services Metadata (JSR-181) and StaX (JSR-173) JSRs. BEA is also a significant contributor on the EJB 3.0 (JSR-220) Expert Group. The products announced at JavaOne utilize these key specifications. Its BEA Workshop Product has included pre-release EJB functionality since 2005. Additionally, WebLogic Server Technology Preview provides developers with a WebLogic deployment environment for EJB3 that they can test today.

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