/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In a bold move that demonstrates its commitment to
the open source community and signifies a key milestone in the execution
against its Blended Development and Deployment Model, BEA Systems, Inc.
(Nasdaq: BEAS), a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, today
announced that it will open source a significant portion of BEA Kodo, its
persistence engine, under the name Open JPA. BEA acquired Kodo as part of its
purchase of SolarMetric, Inc. in November 2005. Today's announcement will
benefit all Java users, particularly those who prefer to develop using a
blended model of commercial software and open source frameworks.
Open JPA is a set of Java persistence Application Program Interfaces
(APIs) that are based on the forthcoming Enterprise Java Beans 3.0 (EJB3)
standard. A key element of the draft EJB 3.0 specification focuses on
persisting in-memory objects in relational databases. This means that
transient objects like the contents of an online shoppers' cart or airline
ticket reservations can be stored permanently in a relational database and
Open JPA is also intended to streamline the development process and allow
developers to focus on solving the business problems they face, rather than
spending needless cycles on writing and testing infrastructure code. Users
will be able to "blend" the open source Open JPA with the technologies like
BEA's Workshop Studio for tooling support and BEA's acclaimed enterprise
"Open JPA is a valuable intellectual property that the community has been
asking to be made open source," said Patrick Linskey, EJB Technical Lead at
BEA Systems and BEA's representative on the EJB3 specification team. "We want
the community to know that we are listening to them and are delivering on
their needs. By donating Open JPA to the open source community, BEA extends
its leadership role in the enterprise Java and open source communities."
With the emphasis on simplified programming models, corporate-friendly
licensing models, and open standards, Open JPA will allow for collaboration,
adoption and innovation on a popular element of Java technology. BEA will
offer a commercial implementation and tooling as well as mission critical
support for those who require it.
"We know that open standards are important to our customers. And they are
extremely wary of the type of vendor lock-in that can occur with other
software solution providers," said Wai Wong, executive vice president of
Products at BEA Systems, Inc. "By donating the Open JPA code, we are
reaffirming our commitment to platform independence. Like Kodo, Open JPA will
work in any Java environment, be it a Java EE application server or a
standalone client-server system."
About BEA's Blended Development Model
Today's announcement exemplifies BEA's commitment to enabling developers
to utilize both commercial software and open source projects. This "blended"
approach allows developers to mix and match the best features from each
solution while maintaining a seamless platform for teams to develop, deploy
and administer their applications and services. This is becoming increasingly
important for those creating next-generation service oriented architectures
BEA's support for blended application development and deployment provides
the essential framework support, development tools and a variety of deployment
platforms for an enterprise to successfully take advantage of open source
technology. Unlike competitors that may provide isolated support for a few
open source frameworks, BEA certifies and blends multiple frameworks deeply
within the company's commercial software. Today BEA's development platforms
work with open source Apache Struts, Apache Beehive, Apache XML Beans, Eclipse
and the Spring Framework. In addition BEA offers full mission-critical
technical support for those frameworks, and the company is deeply entrenched
in their developer communities, which ultimately reduces the effort, risk and
hidden costs associated with today's open source solutions.
Open JPA is expected to be available in the first half of 2006. BEA Kodo
is available today for free evaluation and purchase at
To get more information or learn more about the underlying technology and
standards behind Open JPA and Kodo, please register for our three part webinar
series at BEA's Persistence Technology Center at
BEA Systems, Inc. is a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software,
providing standards-based platforms to accelerate the secure flow of
information and services. BEA product lines -- WebLogic(R), Tuxedo(R),
JRockit(R), and the new AquaLogic(TM) family of Service Infrastructure -- help
customers reduce IT complexity and successfully deploy Service-Oriented
Architectures to improve business agility and efficiency. For more information
please visit www.bea.com.
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