(Reformatted and relinked from the original post on June 27, 2005, at Java.Net)
We (Sun bloggers) thought there would be no news reports on Sun open sourcing the AppServer until the beginning of JavaOne tomorrow morning but it seems the news are out there (see  for example). I don’t know if this was intentional or not – some of the initial pieces came from NZ, so maybe somebody didn’t indicate what TZ the release date was? – but, in any case, we checked (blogging by employees does require some basic coordination to maintain trust across all parties) and we got the go-ahead to talk about it tonight. So…
The decision to Open Source the code base for Sun’s App Server Platform Edition includes all the projects in the JWSDP community that go into that artifact. That includes
- JAXP and SJSXP (StAX)
- JAX-RPC 1.1, JAX-WS 2.0 and JAX-WSA
- JAXB 1.0 and JAXB 2.0
- SAAJ, JAXR
- WS Security
Eventually we want all these projects with a live code repository at Java.Net under the CDDL license and with an active developer (including external commiters) and user community. Some of the above projects are already there, all will get there as soon as practical.
This is very exciting news to many of us, who have been involved in this discussion thread for … hum… do I really want to dwell on that?… let’s say quite a while… So, yes, this code base is now open source. Now, let’s use OSS to build a stronger community so we can make these implementations the best implementations available. And so they, together with other implementations, will make the underlying specifications top quality.
It’s going to be interesting to see how the community reacts to this announcement tomorrow at JavaOne. One thing that sometimes people forget is that Sun’s Application Server (formally known as Sun Java System Application Server, but that is always a mouthfull) is the core of the J2EE SDK, which is downloaded in very large numbers (see You should know about the J2EE SDK), and this move will just make that artifact more useful to the developer community, and even more popular.