JavaBeans is a complete component model. It supports the standard component architecture features of properties, events, methods, and persistence. In addition, JavaBeans provides support for introspection (to allow automatic analysis of a JavaBeanscomponent) and customization (to make it easy to configure a JavaBeans component).
JavaBeans brings the extraordinary power of the Java platform to component development, offering the ideal environment for a developer who wants to extend the concept of reusable component development beyond one platform and one architecture to embrace every platform and every architecture in the industry.
A coalition of industry leaders in component development worked with JavaSoft to create the JavaBeans specification, which was released to the Internet for public comments on September 4, 1996. The "frozen" JavaBeans specification combines the work of Apple, Borland, IBM, JustSystem, Microsoft, Netscape, Rogue Wave, SunSoft and Symantec and many, many others... We're very pleased to see the tools community swiftly embracing JavaBeans by announcing support for JavaBeans in their visual application builder tools.
Yes. A large number of companies, both large and small, have announced their plans to deliver JavaBeans-based products.
Because of the fact, that 99% of all messages is spam. It is recommended to post on JavaBeans forum, which is inspected by Sun engineers on a regular basis.