6/19/2002 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced that its SunTM ONE Studio development tools (formerly ForteTM tools) are being made more broadly available to educators, students and researchers. The products, which are currently available with no license fees to qualified educators and students, can now be replicated so that the software media can easily be distributed to students or other staffers. The announcement coincides with today's announcement of general availability of the SunTM ONE Studio 4 products.

"Sun is expanding its commitment to schools and research organizations by making it significantly easier for an instructor to distribute our Sun ONE Studio tools for use with ongoing classwork, lab work or research projects," said Peter Young, vice president, Sun ONE Studio Tools, Sun Microsystems. "By including Sun ONE Studio in university curriculums, all students can benefit by both accelerating their rate of learning advanced JavaTM technology topics, as well as gaining experience in using an industry-accepted enterprise tool."

The Sun ONE Studio tools represent a core component of the SunTM Open Net Environment (Sun ONE), an open architecture and integratable product portfolio to deliver services on demand. The Sun ONE Studio products are based on the NetBeansTM open source platform, which is itself widely used by educational and research institutions.

"At the Division of Engineering Computing Services, we are using Sun ONE Studio 4, Enterprise Edition to develop J2EETM-based accounting applications for the College of Engineering," said Ziad Youssfi, Graduate Assistant and System Developer at Michigan State University. "We've been very pleased with the product's versatility in developing JavaServer PagesTM, servlets,Web modules and EJBsTM; the ease of debugging applications with the integrated Tomcat 4.0 Web server; and the no-cost licensing for universities."

Sun ONE Studio products continue to be widely adopted as teaching tools by universities and by textbook publishers. For example, Prentice Hall will shortly release Introduction to Java Programming with Sun ONE Studio 4 and Rapid Java Application Development Using Sun ONE Studio 4, both by Y. Daniel Liang. For purchasing information, or to request teacher exam copies, contact Prentice Hall at

"Sun ONE Studio is one of the best Java IDEs -- easy to learn, and easy to use," said Liang. "Using it, students can not only develop Java language programs productively, but can also learn Java programming effectively."

In addition, many leading publishers distribute copies of Sunís tools to make the product readily available to students. Prentice Hallís Advanced Java 2 Platform, How to Program, by Harvey M. Dietel, Paul J. Dietel and Sean E. Santry, is distributed with a copy of the previous release of the product, called the Forte for Java integrated development environment (IDE).

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