"In the past you were dependent on particular tools and particular vendors for those interfaces and they wouldn't necessarily run on all app servers. We've now standardized that, so when you build a user interface you know its going to work on any app server and with any tool that supports the (JavaServer Faces) spec," MacNeil said.
Sun commands a relatively small share of the application server market, trailing some way behind market leaders IBM and BEA. Still, it claimed to be first out the chute with a commercially shipping product that supports J2EE 1.4. The equivalent higher-end versions of its application server will be out in the second half of the year, MacNeil said.
Sun also announced Monday that 35 vendors are now using its application server in their products on an OEM basis. The market share figures for application servers are based on the amount of revenue generated by the products, so they don't take into account developers who download free versions of the products, MacNeil.
"With over a million downloads of our application server this year, I think we are doing a lot better than we get credit for," he said.