Sun Microsystems Offers Technology Preview of Java Studio Creator

12/4/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) the creator and advocate of Java technology, announced a technology preview release of Sun Java Studio Creator (code-named Project Rave), a revolutionary, easy-to-use tool for Java technology developers. Java Studio Creator is a standards-based application development environment focused on the needs of corporate developers who work in environments where Java technology is widely deployed, and who need to be able to implement multi-tier, distributed applications with reduced complexity and enhanced productivity for speedy deployment. The technology preview program launched today puts the Java Studio Creator application development tool in the hands of real-world corporate developers to solicit their feedback and help ensure that subsequent releases provide maximum value and productivity. More information on the product is available at

Sun also announced an early access program for its Sun Java Studio Enterprise product, the first comprehensive build-test-deploy development environment to speed development of applications for the Sun Java Enterprise System. In addition to being integrated with the Java Enterprise System, product roadmaps for the Sun Java Studio and Sun Studio product lines include support for the Sun Java Desktop System. By providing these tools to Java Desktop System developers, Sun will enable the creation of Java technology applications that can be deployed on the Java Enterprise System, as well as C and C++ applications specifically targeted for the Java Desktop System.

In other developer news, Sun announced the Java Web Services Developer Pack (Java WSDP) 1.3, giving Java Enterprise System and Java Studio Enterprise customers the ability to begin designing to the latest specifications and profiles from standards bodies and industry consortia, such as W3C, OASIS and WS-I, prior to the support becoming available in commercial Sun products. News of WSDP 1.3 comes on the heels of the recent announcement of the unanimous approval of the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) version 1.4 specification by the Java Community Process (JCP). The specification can be downloaded at

In addition, Sun announced an early access program for Sun Studio 8, the latest release of the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for C, C++ and Fortran developers creating applications for the Solaris Operating System.

"Today's announcements underscore the depth and breadth of Sun's tools offerings, a key component of Sun's larger software strategy," said Rich Green, vice president, Developer Platforms Group, Sun Microsystems. "While we continue to optimize existing tools for enterprises and technologists, with the announcement of the Sun Java Studio Creator technology preview, we are also taking an important step in expanding our product line into rapid application development."

"J2EE is now a pervasive, enterprise-class technology, but has been the province of the smartest enterprise coders. Vendors are therefore coming forward with tools to increase productivity and democratize the Java development process," said James Governor, principal analyst at RedMonk. "With its latest developer initiative, delivering a rapid application development framework for Java and XML Web Services development, Sun is clearly committed to competing in this space."

All Sun Java Studio editions are based on the open source NetBeans platform, which continues to gain traction. According to the most recent Evans Data North American Development Survey (Fall 2003), 11.4 percent of Java technology developers cited Sun ONE Studio (the former product name for Sun Java Studio) or NetBeans as their primary IDE.

Sun Java Studio Enterprise: Java Studio Enterprise incorporates and expands on the functionality in Java Studio standard with enhanced enterprise application development support, including the Sun Portlet Builder -- a version of the Java Enterprise System for development and testing purposes -- software maintenance and support, and "how-to" developer support, all bundled as an integrated offering designed to deliver the optimal developer experience. To learn more and download the early access software, visit

Sun Java Studio Standard 5 update 1: Another member of the Sun Java Studio family, Java Studio Standard 5 update 1 (formerly Sun ONE Studio 5 update 1, Standard Edition), currently shipping, provides a complete environment for creating Java Web services, and n-tier J2EE applications, and is also tightly integrated with the Sun Java System Application Server 7, providing one-button deployment from the IDE to expedite the debugging and testing of applications. Update 1 is integrated with a sophisticated application framework, based on the Model-View-Controller (MVC) design principle and J2EE patterns. By using the built-in components, developers can create Web applications more quickly, and search the Internet for third-party components and services. To learn more and download the product, visit

Sun Studio 8: Sun Studio 8 includes features that focus on optimizing application performance and improving developer productivity, such as an updated and improved performance analyzer -- which helps developers identify bottlenecks and other performance obstacles in their Java technology, C, C++ or Fortran code -- and a debugger for applications that use both Java technology and native code. For more information on the early access program, visit

Pricing and Availability: Sun Java Studio Creator is currently in technology preview and is planned for general availability in mid-2004. Pricing has not yet been established. The early access program for Sun Java Studio Enterprise edition will launch in January 2004; the product is expected to ship in mid-2004. Sun Java Studio Enterprise edition is offered as an add-on to the Sun Java Enterprise System for U.S. $5 per employee per year, or as a standalone development environment for U.S. $1,895 per user. Licensing is on a subscription basis, renewable annually. Sun Java Studio Standard edition is currently available at and will hit retail shelves this month. The suggested retail price is U.S. $695 per user with upgrades from previous versions of Sun ONE Studio or comparable competitive products for U.S. $495. Sun Studio 8 is currently in early access and planned for release in the first quarter of 2004. Suggested list price is U.S. $2,995; upgrade pricing is available. All prices above are U.S. list unless otherwise noted.

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