JAXP 1.3 is in Tiger. The latest release of the Java API for XML processing includes support for all the latest versions of your favorite standards (DOM level 3, SAX 2, XML 1.1), the old goodies (Namespaces, XSLT 1.0, XPath 1.0, XML Schema), and some new standards (XInclude).
We are going through a rotation on the management team of this community.
The Java Web Services and XML community was created at JavaOne '03 and Kohsuke Kawaguchi and myself were the original community managers. Later Michael Champion and Will Iverson joined the team.
I'm still surprised at how many people are confused about Sun's J2EE 1.4 SDK. For example, did you know it has a production-quality Application Server that is free, even for deployments?
Mark Reinhold just announced that J2SE 1.5.0 snapshots are now available.
I have volunteered to moderate a recurrent technical forum on Web and XML technologies. My current thought is to have a presentation - perhaps a white paper, perhaps a set of slides - on a given topic from one or more speakers, and then to do a bunch of Q & As as threads.
XML has some very nice properties, but the textual encoding is verbose. That is not a problem in many applications, but it is a real issue in some others, specially when dealing with large documents
that are transmitted across a slow communication link, or when many of them are sent.
Sun has announced that it will release JWSDP 1.4, the release 1.4 of the Java Web Services Developer Pack, in the very near future. The JWSDP groups together implementations of the key technologies in the areas of WS, XML and Web Applications. The actual pack is not out there yet, so don't look for it.
We have been doing some Spring cleaning and I want to give you a
report on where we are, tell you about some future directions, and ask