NetBeans(TM) Framework Wins Crossroads 2001 A-List Award

Open Source Framework Enables Developers to Focus on Adding Unique

Features to Their Tools

Feb 07, 2001, 00:00 ET from Sun Microsystems Inc.

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced that the NetBeans(TM)
 Open Source Project ( has received a Crossroads 2001 A-List
 Award in the Open Source Java IDE (integrated development environment)
 category.  This honor, awarded by Open Systems Advisors, Inc. (OSA), is based
 on the real-world experience of a number of global 2000 companies that have
 implemented or are piloting applications developed with tools based on the
 NetBeans framework.
     The Crossroads A-List Awards clearly outline the business benefits,
 concisely summarize the technology differentiators, validate solutions with
 real customer experiences and provide a basis for informed dialogue between
 business and technology partners.
     "The NetBeans framework is a good fit for software development tools
 vendors, systems integrators and individual developers committed to Java(TM)
 technology standards and the open source approach," according to
 Nina G. Lytton, President of Open Systems Advisors, Inc. and Editor of the
 Crossroads A-List Awards. "By leveraging the NetBeans framework, developers
 can focus on adding unique features to their applications, rather than
 reinventing basic functionality.  The economics of open source will eventually
 translate to lower cost of ownership for enterprise buyers."
     Based on extensive user interviews, OSA reported that " ... NetBeans has
 the high-quality code base it takes to get an open-source community off the
 ground. Whether they are pioneers or newcomers to the open source movement,
 NetBeans users say the pros are overwhelming."
     In addition, vendors who have adopted the NetBeans framework point out
 that an open-source platform allows them to better concentrate development on
 their products' added value.  They cite the absence of restrictive licensing
 agreements and vendor lock-in as key benefits.  The ability to openly exchange
 modules and components with other developers also helps speed development
     Users also gave the NetBeans application programming interfaces (APIs)
 high marks for usability and extensibility.  In fact, the NetBeans application
 uses its own framework to implement 80 percent of its code. Sun Microsystems'
 own development toolset, the Forte(TM) for Java(TM) product, is based on the
 NetBeans framework.
     "The fact that the NetBeans framework was recognized as a Crossroads
 A-List winner underscores the power and flexibility of the tools based on the
 framework," said Stans Kleijnen, Vice President, Forte Tools,
 Sun Microsystems.  "Clearly the open source community has already embraced
 this platform, and now vendors are recognizing the benefits of building tools
 and modules without fear of being locked into proprietary technology."
     About the Crossroads A-List Awards
     The Crossroads A-List Awards focus on enterprise computing, the integrated
 system supporting the business process from the supply chain through the back
 office all the way to customer interaction.  Winners are determined after a
 detailed review of the vendors' products or services and strategies.
 In-depth, confidential interviews with experienced customers are the
 cornerstone of the judgment process.
     Winners of the Crossroads 2001 A-List Awards and their customers will be
 recognized at the Crossroads Conference to be held March 18-21, 2001 at the
 Wigwam Resort in Phoenix, Ariz.
     About Open Systems Advisors, Inc. and the Crossroads Research Program
     Founded in 1989, Open Systems Advisors, Inc. provides a real-world
 perspective on using new technology in business. OSA's research is based on an
 ongoing and in-depth dialogue with hundreds of seasoned IT executives and
 business leaders who are using emerging technologies to achieve business
 results.  OSA reports the Crossroads Decisions, awards the Crossroads A-List
 and produces the Crossroads Conference.  For additional information, contact
 the company at:  Open Systems Advisors, Inc., 268 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
 02116, 617-859-0859;
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- The Network Is The
 Computer(TM) -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to dot-com their businesses.
 With $17.6 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than
 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at .
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 Forte For Java and NetBeans are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries.  (R)Crossroads
 is a registered trademark, and (TM)Crossroads A-List, (TM)Crossroads Decisions
 and (TM)Bizno-tech are trademarks of Open Systems Advisors, Inc.; any other
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