Sun commits to tools and Linux community

Sun Microsystems reiterated its support of application development for Linux through a commitment to tools and a new online...

Sun Microsystems reiterated its support of application development for Linux through a commitment to tools and a new online community at LinuxWorld yesterday.

"Our entire line of development tools, both our Java development tools as well as C, C++, and Fortran tools, will be made available on Linux by the end of this calendar year," said Sanjay Sarathy, director for developer programs. 

Tools included in this effort are Sun Studio, Sun Java Studio Enterprise, and the upcoming Sun Java Studio Creator, which the company has been portraying as its easy-to-use tool for Java development.

Sun Studio is slated to offer GUI-based debugging that will provide for multi-threaded, multi-process debugging; performance analysis and the Native Connector Tool, for binding and encapsulating native Linux C/C++ applications and libraries as Java classes.

A portal extension to the java.net site for developers will focus on Linux. It can be found at linux.java.net and includes software tools and project infrastructure to support collaborative development projects. Communication channels such as Weblogs, "wikis," and other interactive forums will also feature.

"This is the site where Java developers can go and collaborate and innovate with one another and where code and projects can be built from scratch," Sarathy said.

As part of the Linux effort, Art Gould, an official in the Sun developer programs, will serve as the community manager to shepherd projects on the site.

Sun co-sponsors java.net site with O'Reilly & Associates and CollabNet.

Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld

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