SAN FRANCISCO, JAVAONE, June 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS) today announced groundbreaking plans to develop the industry's first J2EE application environment that is designed to fully support all major open source frameworks. The new BEA tools will be designed to allow developers to write to one or more leading open source Java frameworks and then easily deploy their blended applications on BEA's high-performance application server. The roadmap, shared during a keynote address here by BEA chief technology officer Mark Carges, represents the company's most sweeping embrace of the open source community. A recent study by BEA of more than 1,000 enterprise developers indicates that more than 70 percent of Global 2000 companies today use one or more open source frameworks -- and up to 28 percent use more than one type of application server within their development environments. BEA's new roadmap illustrates the importance BEA places on providing valuable support to meet the real-world needs of customers, while continuing to distinguish BEA WebLogic Server(R) from other application servers for its openness, simplicity and choice for the developer. "Much of the innovation in programming models for the J2EE technology platform is happening in the open source community," said Carges. "Developers already save a lot of time by using leading frameworks like Apache Beehive and Spring Framework, and the ability to mix and match the best components and deployment platforms give them optimal building blocks to get their jobs done. Combined with our recent BEA AquaLogic(TM) launch, today's news reflects our commitment to simplify computing and embrace innovation beyond the traditional boundaries of J2EE -- and ultimately help companies turn frozen IT assets into enterprise liquid assets." The BEA WebLogic Workshop and other tools will be designed to allow applications to be built or blended from leading open source frameworks, including Apache Beehive, the Spring Framework and Apache Struts, and can then be deployed on BEA WebLogic Server. BEA will also certify the BEA WebLogic Workshop(TM) tools for Apache Geronimo and Apache Tomcat. The goal of this certification is to support the migration of applications developed on these frameworks and open source runtimes onto WebLogic Server, taking full advantage of the monitoring and management capabilities BEA can provide. The tools will be designed to allow Customers to have the ability to configure and monitor Spring modules through the WebLogic Server administrative console. In addition to the support and leadership BEA has shown as a strategic member of the Eclipse Foundation, and as contributor to high-profile Apache and other open source projects, today's news furthers the company's position in open source and Java development. To bring all this to life, Carges demonstrated on stage during his JavaOne keynote the creation of a Java application in Eclipse leveraging both Apache Beehive and Spring with deployment to Apache Tomcat. As a next step, Carges retargeted the application to BEA WebLogic Server and showed access to the open source modules through the BEA WebLogic Server management console which can allow customers to take full advantage of the advanced BEA WebLogic Server feature set. "Some of the greatest innovations in the J2EE community are happening in the open source world with application frameworks such as Spring," said Rod Johnson, founder of the Spring Framework and chief executive officer of Interface21, the company largely responsible for the vision and leadership of the Spring framework and which offers Spring Framework services including training, consulting and support. "We are excited that BEA is embracing the grass-roots innovation that is happening in the Spring community as a response to the pain that developers face today. BEA's support for Spring is important to our goal of helping developers spend less and less time dealing with the unnecessary complexity that is often associated with J2EE." Specific details on BEA's development and deployment portfolio for blended applications are scheduled to be made available in the next 90 days. Starting in September, BEA is scheduled to host six BEAWorld conferences in the Bay Area, London, Paris, Prague, Tokyo and Beijing. Tracks are scheduled to feature the new blended application development and deployment tooling technology. More information on BEAWorld can be found at http://www.bea.com/beaworld/ . BEA Continues to be Partner to the Open Source Community BEA has a long and successful history as a partner to the open source community and in helping to drive innovation for the entire Java community, while providing investment protection to customers through open source and open standards. BEA is actively involved in a number of open source projects including: -- Apache Beehive is a framework that can incorporate metadata to help simplify enterprise resource access and the creation of web services and web applications. -- Apache XMLBeans is a tool that is designed to give Java developers the full expressive capability of XML Schema with the simplicity of JavaBeans. -- Eclipse AspectJ is a project that is designed to provide aspect oriented extensions to Java as well as Eclipse-based tooling. -- Eclipse Language Development Tools (LDT) is a proposed Eclipse project to implement support for authoring, editing, and building source code files that are authored in multiple languages such as JSP, XML Schema, and BPEL. -- Eclipse Pollinate is designed to provide an Eclipse-based IDE and toolset for the Apache Beehive project. -- Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP) is a project that is designed to extend the Eclipse platform with tooling for developing J2EE applications. BEA's open source support helps to drive innovation in the application infrastructure and service infrastructure market categories. By leveraging commercial experience and innovation around J2EE, SOA, XML, Web services and metadata, BEA is able to partner with the open source community to help drive innovation in the application infrastructure and server infrastructure categories and help strengthen the Java market as a whole. About BEA 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), 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 bea.com. Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements Some of the statements in this press release are forward-looking, including the statements regarding plans to develop the industry's first J2EE application environment designed to fully support all major open source frameworks (the "Open Source Environment"); the features and benefits of the Open Source Environment, including the ability of such an environment to fully support all major open source frameworks, the ability of BEA WebLogic Workshop and other tools to allow applications to be build or blended from leading open source frameworks and deployed on BEA WebLogic Server;; BEA's plans to certify BEA WebLogic Workshop tools for Apache Geronimo and Apache Tomcat and the features and benefits of these tools; the eventual efficacy of the proposed Eclipse Language Development Tools (LDT) project; and the scheduled release of additional details about BEA's portfolio in the next 90 days. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially include risks associated with: any unforeseen changes in the technology, standards or marketplace for open source enterprise information software that makes the interoperability of disparate frameworks more difficult than BEA currently anticipates; the introduction or rise in popularity of new open source frameworks or technologies that BEA has not anticipated in its development plans; any slow down in the growth of the open source movement; the timing of a recovery from the current economic and IT industry downturn; any unforeseen technical difficulties related to the development the Open Source Environment and BEA WebLogic Workshop; and any software errors related to the Open Source Environment and BEA WebLogic Workshop. 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