SAN FRANCISCO, BEA eWORLD 2004 CONFERENCE, May 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/
-- http://bea.com/more_info.jsp?p=170&r=19.30.31 -- BEA Systems (Nasdaq: BEAS)
the world's leading application infrastructure software company, and the
Apache Software Foundation today announced the acceptance of Project Beehive
as an open-source project in the Apache community. Based on the runtime
application framework in BEA WebLogic Workshop(TM), Apache Beehive is designed
to be the industry's first, easy-to-use, open source foundation for building
enterprise Java and service-oriented architecture (SOA) applications. Apache
Beehive is designed to foster new innovations through industry wide
collaboration, ensure investment protection for both developer skills and
applications, and expand the community of Java developers.
"Through Apache Beehive, BEA is broadening the appeal of its innovations
by collaborating with the open source community," said Greg Stein, chairman,
Apache Software Foundation. "With the momentum of the open-source community,
Apache Beehive has the potential to make Java enterprise application
development easier to use giving developers state-of-the-art innovations for
any Java platform."
The Apache Software Foundation, the leading open source community partner
for commercial companies, provides organizational, legal, and financial
support for a broad range of open source software projects. The Apache
Software Foundation can ensure the continuity of open source software projects
beyond the participation of individual volunteers and can enable contributions
of intellectual property and financial support on a sound basis providing a
vehicle for limiting legal exposure for open source contributors. Projects
overseen by the Apache Software Foundation can carry forth the commitment to
open collaboration, active participation from the Internet developer community
and commercial grade, freely available software.
Apache Beehive further builds on key Apache projects with which BEA has
had either direct or indirect involvement, such as XMLBeans, Tomcat, Struts,
and Axis. With Beehive, BEA is helping to strengthen the open source community
by contributing top BEA engineering talent joined with the expertise of the
larger BEA WebLogic Workshop developer community. BEA is also pleased that
several veteran open-source developers in Apache have agreed to help guide the
direction of the project.
"BEA WebLogic Workshop consists of two major technologies, a powerful
integrated development environment and an application framework, to help
abstract some of the more complex tasks associated with Java Web and SOA
development," said Scott Dietzen, chief technology officer, BEA Systems. "The
Apache Foundation was our first choice for the Beehive open source project.
With the Apache community's help in open sourcing the Workshop application
framework, we hope to help a greater number of Java developers build and
orchestrate Java applications far more easily and without having to sacrifice
portability and long-term investment protection."
Beehive will be based on award-winning technology found in BEA WebLogic
Workshop, including Java annotations, Java Controls, Java Web services and
Java Page Flows, which drive increased interoperability and developer
productivity. Project Beehive leverages WebLogic Workshop's Controls, reusable
meta-data driven software components based on drag-and-drop technology that
can easily integrate into BEA and other software platforms. In addition,
Beehive also builds on BEA's innovative Web services programming capabilities
that allow for easier consumption and management of services, and page flows,
which can help developers quickly and easily define and view page transitions
between applications. Project Beehive can attract new users to a simpler way
to build enterprise Java applications, while also attracting experienced Java
Web and J2EE programmers with a model that is designed to save them from
writing the same Java plumbing code over and over again.
Pricing and Availability
Beehive is expected to be available this summer for free under the
standard Apache 2.0 license. For more information on Beehive, please visit
Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Some of the statements in this press release are forward-looking,
including the statements regarding: the availability, plans delivery, goals,
development, expected features, expected benefits and competitive position of
BEA's Project Beehive products and technology (the "Beehive Products") and the
benefits and goals of Project Beehive being acceptance into the open source
community. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any
forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties BEA faces that could cause
results to differ materially include risks associated with: any unforeseen
technical difficulties or software errors related to the final development and
launch of any Beehive Products or related services; any technological or
standards changes in the application infrastructure market which could make
BEA's Project Beehive less competitive or require feature changes in these
products; and any slowdown in the adoption by businesses of open source
technologies, Internet technologies or related standards. Readers should also
refer to the risk disclosures set forth in BEA's 10-K for the year ended
January 31, 2004 as filed with the SEC and subsequent reports filed thereafter
from time-to-time with the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained in
this release are made as of the date hereof, and BEA does not assume any
obligation to update such statements nor the reasons why actual results could
differ materially from those projected in such statements.
About the Apache Software Foundation
The Apache Software Foundation provides organizational, legal, and
financial support for the Apache open-source software projects. Formerly known
as the Apache Group, the Foundation incorporated as a membership-based, not-
for-profit corporation to ensure that the Apache projects continue to exist
beyond the participation of individual volunteers, to enable contributions of
intellectual property and financial support, and to provide a vehicle for
limiting legal exposure while participating in open-source projects. For more
information on the Apache Software Foundation, please see www.apache.org.
BEA Systems, Inc. is the world's leading application infrastructure
software company, providing the enterprise software foundation that allows
thousands of companies to benefit from service-oriented architectures. With
more than 15,000 customers around the world, including the majority of the
Fortune Global 500, BEA and its WebLogic(R) and Tuxedo(R) brands are among the
most trusted names in business.
Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., BEA has 75 offices in 34 countries and
is on the Web at www.bea.com.
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