Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced the early access availability of two key Java technology APIs for the XML: the Java API for XML Messaging (JAXM) and the Java API for XML Parsing (JAXP). Both APIs are downloadable free of charge through Sun’s Java Developer Connection at . These two APIs, along with the Java API for XML Data Binding (JAXB), form the core of XML support in the Java 2 platform. JAXB, formerly called Project Adelard is nearing completion through the Java Community Process (JCP) program. These Java technologies for XML give developers a powerful, easy-to-use API tool set for developing and deploying Java technology-based applications that harness the synergies of the Java platform’s portable code and XML’s portable data. All three technologies are being developed through the JCP program, the open, community-based organization that stewards the evolution of the Java platform. JAXP, JAXM and JAXB are expected to be included in the next releases of the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE). The draft specification for JAXM is available through the JCP; the projected final shipping date of JAXM is early 2001, pending JCP and ebXML specification availability. Sun hopes to make the final reference implementation of JAXM available to developers through a credible open source organization, such as the Apache Software Foundation. For more information on the Apache Software Foundation’s XML parser project, please visit The draft specification for JAXP is available through the JCP, and the projected final shipping date of JAXP is calendar Q1 2001. The draft specification for JAXB is available from JCP website as JSR 31, and pending the approval of the JAXB specification by the JCP, JAXB is expected to be shipped Q1 2001.