BEA readies WebLogic Server 7.0

BEA Systems on Tuesday plans to announce the availability of WebLogic Server Version 7.0, boasting new Web services and Java support.

The San Jose, California-based company reports Version 7.0 of the application server features compliance with the J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) 1.3 specification, said Eric Stahl, senior product marketing manager at BEA, in San Francisco.

J2EE 1.3 features EJB [Enterprise JavaBeans] 2.0 support, Stahl said.

"The big pieces of the EJB specification give you things like message-driven JavaBeans, which allows you to build asynchronous architectures in your J2EE application," Stahl said.

This feature boosts client application productivity by freeing the client to perform other tasks while the back-end server handles processes, said Stahl.

EJB 2.0 also offers enhanced container persistence to improve connectivity to databases.

Boosting its Web services capabilities, BEA is adding a full UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration) implementation to host private or public registries in WebLogic Server, said Stahl. WebLogic Server previously supported the SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) and WSDL (Web Services Description Language) Web services standards, he said. Version 7.0 also features a custom XML parser, he said.

In addition, BEA has added new developer tools in Version 7.0 to automate development processes around packaging and deployment of applications, said Stahl. The product is also designed to support large-scale application deployments, he said.

BEA is touting its recently acquired JVM (Java Virtual Machine) as part of Version 7.0. The company recently acquired the Appeal Virtual Machine in an effort to offer a platform-independent JVM, Stahl said.

"There was no platform-independent provider of a JVM for Windows and for Linux," Stahl said.

Messaging has been enhanced in Version 7.0 through the Java Message Service to enable high system availability, Stahl said.

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