Posted by mortazavi
on April 12, 2006 at 10:32 AM PDT
Java DB is Sun's distribution of Apache / Derby technology. You can find more about Java DB here .
Currently, a global Sun engineering team of database experts is actively participating in the Derby community and working to incorporate other useful features in Derby: SUR and JDBC 4 . Sun also makes nightly test results and builds of Derby available to the Derby community. We have also put in place a rather extensive test infrastructure which includes long-running and robustness tests. So, you can expect continuing contributions from Sun in these areas. You can always turn to the Apache / Derby website to learn more about current activities, and if you're a database expert, consider making your own contributions.
In the meantime, if you're a database user, you'll be rewarded by taking a look at the small and mighty Java DB !
If you're curious about how to use it see John O'Conner's article at Sun Developer Network .
Check out the Aquarium for more useful links on Java DB.
Finally, for the more curious among you who have an interest in history and software "archeology," I should add that this is not the first time Sun distributes a database technology. In fact, the ancestor to Java DB, i.e. Cloudscape DB, was distributed by Sun along with the early reference implementations of the J2EE platform going back to 1999.