Apache / Derby 10.2 beta is out and it is time to give it a good shake for you're likely to see Derby 10.2 distributed as Java DB 10.2 in the next official release of the JDK.
You can start from this wiki page to learn about the status of this release.
As of this writing, fuller description of the beta can be found on another wiki page, also prepared by Rick Hillegas, the 10.2 release lead....
If you're looking for some good reading on business orchestration, I would highly recommend java.net's blueprints on web services orchestration, based on WS-BPEL.
Expect to find yourself in a more open Java community soon.
Mark Reinhold and Simon Phipps have written about the significance of new steps Sun has taken to create even a more open Java community.
Sun engineers already participate in various open source activities, from Apache (witness the Beta release of Derby 10.2) to Open Solaris.
So, now, java.net collaboration environment will host the...