Sun Java Studio Creator Enters Phase Two of Technology Preview

2/23/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), the creator of Java technology, announced the second phase of the Technology Preview for its much anticipated Sun Java Studio Creator, code named "Project Rave." The product brings together the power of the Java platform with a simplified development model to provide a streamlined, highly productive working environment. Java Studio Creator applications deploy to the Sun Java System Application Server -- or any other Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition-compatible server -- breaking the vendor lock-in enforced by other tools, including Microsoft's Visual Studio and BEA's WebLogic Workshop.

"Phase one of the Creator Technology Preview has generated a flood of positive feedback from developers," said Rich Green, vice president, Developer Platforms Group, Sun Microsystems. "By the release of the Early Access code, we expect a very stable code base for developers to test drive."

"We're glad to see that Sun's interested in our feedback, and at first glance we like what they've done very much," said Cedric Arnoult, Chef de Projet Technique at Prima Solutions, a Paris-based provider of solutions for the insurance industry. "We're really looking forward to the final release of Java Studio Creator."

Phase one of the Technology Preview program for Java Studio Creator, which was announced in December 2003, has received wide interest. More than 100 developers are participating, representing a diverse set of industries including financial services companies, major international telecommunications companies, automotive corporations, several major air carriers, and several high tech and biotechnology firms. Sun is rapidly applying the preview feedback, which is being used to fine tune both the tool itself and the support infrastructure around it: examples, tutorials, blueprints and more. The public early access release is slated for Spring 2004.

Java Studio Creator includes key elements corporate developers and IT departments can rely upon to develop and deploy reliable and secure multi-tier distributed applications including:

Unlike upcoming offerings expected from Microsoft's Whidbey, which will tie development to a next generation operating system, Sun Java Studio Creator works with the latest Java technology standards, eliminating vendor lock-in for application deployment. Combined with the Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition, Java Studio Creator provides a complete develop/debug/deploy solution in a single box.

Like all of the Sun Java Studio tools, Java Studio Creator is based on the NetBeans open source framework (version 3.5), which has achieved 2.1 million downloads since its June 2003 release. Sun's tools are designed to help developers be more productive by making platform choice irrelevant. Java Studio Creator is also slated to support the Solaris Operating System, Windows, Windows XP and Linux when the tool becomes generally available in Summer 2004.

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