Java tools organization pondered

SAN FRANCISCO (11/24/2003) - Java tools vendors may form an organization to make Java-based IDEs more interoperable, officials at Java tools vendors confirmed on Monday.

The organization, which may be called the Java Tools Community, would follow an earlier initiative, Java Specification Request (JSR) 198, which attempts to provide for Java tools interoperablity.

"It's been talked about but there's nothing official to say about (the organization) and we're always working to improve interoperability in the Java standards," said Julie Geer-Brown, Oracle Corp. representative. The idea for Java Tools Community was first mentioned a year ago, she said.

Oracle proposed JSR 198 in November 2002 as an attempt to have the Java community develop an API for standard access to Java IDEs from multiple vendors.

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