Sun Microsystems and Microsoft used last week's XML 2000 conference in Washington as a soapbox for emphasising investments in XML.
"Sun believes XML is the centre of the Internet. Our strategy is to drive the development of open standards and implement in parallel. We support UDDI [Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration] and SOAP [Simple Object Access Protocol]. We are going to make sure they evolve into true standards," said Jon Bosak, a Sun engineer who has contributed significantly to the shaping of XML.
Speaking about Microsoft's commitment to the technology, David Turner, product manager for XML technologies at Microsoft, said the architecture he envisions for XML will allow the exchange of information on any platform, in any language, and across any network.
Microsoft used the event to announce an XML-based access protocol that enables developers to provide data analysis to a variety of clients. XML for Analysis lets developers build business intelligence into Microsoft's .NET Web services.
Sun used the show to announce two new Java APIs: JAXM (Java API for XML Messaging) and JAXP (Java API for XML Parsing).