Sun Microsystems reiterated its intentions to increase the number of Java developers by unveiling a preview release of its so-called easy-to-use Java development tool, now named Java Studio Creator.
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Codenamed "Project Rave," Sun's Java Studio Creator preview release is intended to elicit feedback from corporate developers. General availability is planned for mid-2004.
Sun also announced Java Web Services Developer Pack 1.3, which provides users of the Java Enterprise System server package and Java Studio Enterprise with the ability to design to the latest specifications and profiles from industry consortia such as the W3C, Oasis and WS-I, Sun said. Featured in the package is support for the WS-I Basic Profile for deployment of web services.
In other news at Sun's event yesterday:
- The company announced an agreement to integrate and ship Macromedia Flash Player 7 with the Java Desktop System. As part of the agreement, Macromedia Flash Player will be pre-installed into Mozilla, an open-source browser and a key component of Java Desktop System.
- Five reference architectures were unveiled, with the intention of providing recommended hardware and software components to build repeatable, multi-tiered architectures for specific functions. Among reference architectures unveiled include Migration Reference Architecture for Tru64 systems, to ease migration to Sun systems from discontinued AlphaServer units.
Also unveiled were Web Application Firewall, Supply Chain Management, Secure Web Server and Enhanced Communications Services reference architectures.
- Sun announced updates to Solaris, to improve performance, security and diagnostics capabilities. The December Solaris OS distribution features x86 performance optimization and higher network throughput with less processor load. It also offers fine-grained administrator privileges to diminish risk of viruses, worms, Trojan horses and other malicious code.
Additionally, a DTrace advanced tracing function enables tracking and logging of critical system and software activity on demand. Also featured is Network File System Version 4, which provides secure access to files across the internet.
- The company announced an early access program for Sun Studio 8, the latest release of the company's IDE for C, C++ and Fortran developers building applications for the Solaris OS.
Paul Krill writes for InfoCanada