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Sun to endorse third-party UML modelling tool

Sun Microsystems is to integrate its integrated development environment (IDE) with Describe for Sun ONE Studio, a Unified Modelling Language (UML) tool from Embarcadero Technologies.

Describe will serve as Sun's preferred UML solution for Sun ONE Studio 4 update 1, Enterprise Edition for Java IDE and will still require both separate installs and purchases but will work together.

Describe 6.0, the version being offered for Sun, enables application modellers and developers to work together in a seamless design and development environment.

Version 6.0 is a UML-driven integrated modelling environment, featuring enhanced usability with UML model and Java source-code synchronisation, advanced source-code control integration and Web-based reporting.

"We're providing a modelling interface to the Java source code directly," said Greg Keller, director of design and modelling for Embarcadero.

"Java developers are asking that tools vendors provide more than just edit, compile, debug," said Sun's Jeff Anders, group marketing manager for Sun ONE Studio. "They're asking for UML modeling as core functionality within the IDE."

Embarcadero previously has offered UML support for Sun's Forte for Java, a tools product.

Other features in Describe 6.0 include support for the OMG XMI (XML Metadata Interchange) format, for exchanging metadata with other applications or modelling tools. Also included is a UML 2.0 modelling notation for sequence diagramming, for describing how an application works.

Sun ONE Studio 4 update 1, Enterprise Edition for Java, is priced at $1,995 (£1,217) and $995 (£607) for an upgrade licence. Describe for Sun ONE Studio pricing starts at $995.

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