With Microsoft's transition to .NET in full swing, we shouldn't be surprised that the company's competitors are starting to show up with alternatives. This week, Sun Microsystems announced its vision for Web services that will integrate with next-generation Internet-enabled appliances and other devices. Dubbed Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE), the initiative provides an open architecture, roadmap, and 7-year plan for a system of Web services that will work across the Internet.
"Smart Web services are to the Information Age what interchangeable parts were to the Industrial Age," says Sun Chairman and CEO Scott McNealy. "We're on the brink of an explosion of services that will flourish in this free market and bring simpler, easier, smarter services to every man, woman, and child."
Sun's plan focuses on XML, as does .NET, but Sun now says that a Sun engineer codeveloped the technology. And, of course, Sun will use Java and the related JavaServer Pages technology as the programmatic base for its ONE work. The company will take 2 years to upgrade its product line to work more closely with ONE Web services, a move that mirrors Microsoft's work with its .NET Enterprise Servers