4/1/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc., the creator of Java technology, announced the Early Access release of its groundbreaking visual development environment, the Sun Java Studio Creator application development tool. Over the last four months, more than one hundred developers have participated in the technology preview releases of the product, contributing essential feedback on ease of use and developer productivity. In a staggering indication of the excitement being generated by the product, more than 10,000 developers have already signed up for the Early Access release, which will be available on April 8 at: www.sun.com/jscreator.
Java Studio Creator is a comprehensive develop/debug/deploy solution out of the box, incorporating the first release of production JavaServer Faces (JSF) technology, providing greater performance and coding efficiency. The product also includes:
Seamlessly integrating tools, runtimes and components, the Java Studio Creator tool makes Java coding visual and efficient, enabling developers to focus on application value-add such as user interaction and business logic, instead of system infrastructure and Web services plumbing.
"The largest segment of the developer community has relied on visual development as the means to rapidly create solutions for the Web and the enterprise," said Richard Green, vice president, Developer Platforms Group, Sun Microsystems. "At the same time, the Java technology platform has been the choice for developers creating network, desktop and mobile applications by providing an open, end-to-end, high-performance technology platform, as well as a competitive business model. Java Studio Creator brings these two worlds together, enabling the largest single community of developers to move to Java technology."
The Java Studio Creator tool is entirely based on Java platform and technology standards developed through the Java Community Process (JCP), helping to ensure application portability between deployment environments and development tools, including the Sun Java Studio Enterprise development solution. Further, developers can use Java Studio Creator to leverage the advanced services created with Java Studio Enterprise and other enterprise-class tools. And, like all of the Sun Java Studio tools, Java Studio Creator is based on the NetBeans (www.netbeans.org) open source platform. With this Early Access release, the Java Studio Creator tool has been moved to NetBeans version 3.6, which adds stronger JavaServer Pages syntax support in the code editor, improved code completion and an enhanced debugger. With Java and NetBeans as the foundation technologies, the product line enables developers to prototype quickly and easily using the Java Studio Creator tool, then move up to Java Studio Enterprise to extend application functionality.
Commitment to the Latest Java Technologies
Java Studio Creator takes full advantage of new ease-of-use innovations and provides a standards-based environment, freeing developers from the limitations of proprietary languages, technologies and runtimes.
The Java Studio Creator tool incorporates JavaServer Faces technology, the recently released framework standard also known as Java Specification Request (JSR) 127 in the JCP services. JavaServer Faces technology simplifies development of visual, multi-tier applications which helps to speed coding behind the user interface. Using JavaServer Faces technology, the Java Studio Creator tool supports two-tier Web applications that conform to the Java BluePrints design patterns, accessing databases and Web services behind dynamic HTML interfaces.
In addition, Java DataBase Connectivity (JDBC) RowSet (JSR 114) technology simplifies and streamlines access to databases. The Java Studio Creator tool's use of this technology boosts productivity by minimizing coding complexity for connecting to databases and performing queries against them.
Other standards supported in the Java Studio Creator tool include JavaServer Pages, Java XML Pack software and Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) 1.3 and 1.4 Web container support.
Partner Program Picks Up the Pace
With the availability of the Early Access release, Sun is also stepping up its outreach to partners, who will provide a key competitive element in the Java Studio Creator tool's overall success. Recognizing that visual developers expect access to a wide variety of both out-of-the-box and third party components for maximum productivity, Sun is working with market leaders in the visual component space to give developers access to the widest variety of application functionality based on the adoption of the JavaServer Faces standard.
"The JavaServer Faces specification and the Java Studio Creator product promise to provide developers with the ability to create more visually-rich applications," said Patrick Megard, director, visualization product line, ILOG. "ILOG has been actively engaged with the JSF specification and Sun Java Studio Creator. The Early Access release of Sun Java Studio Creator is a milestone in making the power of Java component technology available to the majority of developers."
Platform Support and Availability
Sun's tools are designed to help developers be more productive by allowing them to defer specific deployment platform choices. Java Studio Creator is slated to support the Solaris Operating System, Linux and Windows when the tool becomes generally available in Summer 2004. Pricing has not been determined. For more information on Sun's developer product lines, please see developers.sun.com.
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