PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ --
Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) today announced that the NetBeans(TM)
Open Source Project (www.netbeans.org) 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
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
"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; www.crossroads-osa.com.
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 http://sun.com .
NOTE: Sun, Sun Microsystems, The Network Is The Computer, Java, Forte,
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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