Sun Prepares to Unleash Java Tiger

Broadening the reach and appeal of Java is at the top of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s list for the next major release of the platform, code-named Tiger, next year, although developers may not be ready to jump in.

The new version, J2SE (Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition) 1.5, will add technology from ongoing JSRs (Java Specification Requests) that will simplify development and smooth the language in four areas: ease of development; monitoring and manageability; scalability and performance; and XML and client-side Web services support, officials said.

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