There used to be only one game in town for application servers -- You were either Java EE compliant or you weren't. And, to claim Java EE compliance, a special license was required that allowed you access to the test suites that would prove compliance. Some vendors and open-source projects obtained this license, while others did not. In short, it was not a level playing field. But, all of that is changing now that the Java EE test suites are being contributed to Eclipse under the EE4J project (Jakarta EE). All of these tests will now be freely available under the Eclipse Public License v2. Now anybody or any project (small or large) will have the same access to all of the test suites, with the same ability to access, challenge, and contribute to these tests. Of course, there will be a process defined to show/prove that your project has passed the required test suites before you can start advertising your compliance. This session will delve into these topics in more detail, as well explain how the Java EE brand is also still important for historical reasons.
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