Sun to License JavaServer Pages Technology™ to Apache Developer Community

Agreement Extends Access of Key Java™ Enterprise Technologies to Web Developers Worldwide

SAN FRANCISCO -JavaOne Developer Conference - June 15, 1999-- Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced its intention to license its JavaServer Pages™ technology to the Apache developer community.

Under the relationship announced this morning at the JavaOne Conference, a new project is being formed within the Apache developer community to develop Java Server Pages technology for the Apache web server. The relationship ensures broad distribution of JavaServer Pages technology and allows developers to create innovative, Web-based applications utilizing JavaServer Pages technology.

Sun will continue to lead the industry-wide effort overseeing development of the JavaServer Pages specification. In addition to the Apache developer community, the effort includes support from industry leaders such as IBM and Oracle.

A key component of the new Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition, JavaServer Pages technology helps developers create true, cross-platform web pages that integrate content from a variety of enterprise data sources. Because it encapsulates much of the functionality required to generate "dynamic" or constantly changing content, JavaServer Pages technology lets developers concentrate on the "look" and display of the site without the need for application development expertise.

"This relationship makes it easy for anyone to build web facing applications, providing developers with all the functionality and flexibility of key enterprise Java technologies and the strength of the Apache web server." said Jon Kannegaard, vice president and general manager of Java platforms at Sun Microsystems, Inc. " JavaServer Pages technology is the front door to the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition. Once these important technologies are installed, it will allow seamless integration of the platform."

"Sun has listened to the Apache developer community and taken a proactive step to help deliver Java enterprise technologies," said Brian Behlendorf, co-founder and co-developer of the Apache HTTP Server. "This project will ensure Web developers have another reliable and robust platform for developing and deploying server-side applications for the Java platform."

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The Apache Project is a collaborative software development effort aimed at creating a robust, commercial-grade, featureful, and freely-available source code implementation of a web server. The project is jointly managed by a group of volunteers located around the world, using the Internet and the Web to communicate, plan and develop the server and its related documentation. These volunteers are known as the Apache developer community.

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