SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) today announced that the NetBeans(TM)
open source project (www.netbeans.org) has added 18 new modules to its open
source code base, further solidifying its position as the number one IDE for
Linux Java developers. The open source Platform and IDE are unmatched in
breadth and depth of capabilities to enable the fast, efficient development of
applications. The NetBeans open source Platform and IDE run on any operating
system, including Linux, with a Java(TM) 2 compatible Java Virtual Machine
The new modules significantly increase the range of Java technologies
supported in the NetBeans environment. They enable developers, including Linux
developers, to more rapidly create code with increased reliability, and
leverage innovative technologies such as Java Data Object (JDO) and Apache
Struts. The addition of these modules was expedited by a new module
contribution process (http://contrib.netbeans.org) that enables any community
member to upload a contribution and make it immediately available to the
Sun also announced today the Native Connector Tool for Linux, a
specification and set of libraries and wizards in the Sun(TM) ONE Studio,
Enterprise Edition products. The Native Connector Tool for Linux enables Linux
developers to extend applications as Web services. Customers can use the new
Native Connector Tool to easily bind and encapsulate native Linux C/C++
applications and libraries as Java classes or XML-based services. The Native
Connector Tool for Linux supports the Java(TM) 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition
(J2EE(TM)) Connector Architecture (JCA) specification, simplifying the
integration of diverse enterprise information systems.
"We welcome these new additions to the NetBeans code base," said Peter
Young, vice president and general manager, Sun ONE Studio Tools, Sun
Microsystems. "NetBeans and Linux share the belief that an open source
community is the best path to innovation, and the rapid addition of
functionality in the form of the new modules announced today affirms this
belief. The Native Connector Tool will facilitate further innovation by Linux
Developers working to create Web services by enabling the integration of their
existing C/C++ code."
The NetBeans Lookup Library
The NetBeans Lookup Library was also announced today and is available for
download immediately at http://openide.netbeans.org/lookup. It can be used
independently of the NetBeans Platform or IDE. It provides a simple, powerful
solution for developers addressing issues common to modular applications.
Often developers write an application divided into several independent modules
(.jar files) that are being developed and deployed independently, requiring
registration and discovery of the various components.
The NetBeans Lookup Library addresses this challenge by easing the
registry of different components and making them visible to other elements in
the system, and by enabling independent modules to communicate with one
another. In addition, the Lookup Library enables "pseudo-multiple
inheritance," allowing a component that implements the Lookup interface to
dynamically change functionality as the application context changes.
The NetBeans Platform and IDE use the Lookup Library specifically to
enable plug-in modules to install new objects, such as compilers, that need to
be found by the common infrastructure that supports them. After retrieving the
result, the client can attach a "listener" and be notified when the result of
the lookup has changed. In addition to this specific application, the Lookup
Library is useful in almost any situation where loose coupling and
encapsulations are desirable. The Lookup Library includes an AbstractLookup
class and a number of other interface implementations that make it easy to get
New NetBeans Modules
The NetBeans IDE enables application developers to write, compile, debug
and deploy programs. A free product with no usage restrictions, NetBeans is
written in Java but can support any programming language. The NetBeans
Platform is an application runtime that automates common development tasks
like menus and document management. It enables developers to concentrate on
the most critical and strategic parts of an application, the business logic
that makes that application unique. The resulting savings in time and effort
translate into dramatic developer productivity gains. Sun ONE Studio is Sun's
commercial distribution of the NetBeans IDE, encompassing the NetBeans code
plus additional modules.
Because the NetBeans Platform and IDE are built on a common, publicly
available code base, developers also benefit from the continuing enhancements
and reliability inherent in the open source model. Its modular architecture
and open application programming interfaces (APIs) enable third parties to
extend or integrate with the NetBeans Platform and IDE to add new
The new NetBeans modules have been contributed by members of the open
source community and have been accepted for inclusion into the NetBeans code
base. The modules streamline Java application development and comprise a range
of functionality. A full list of the 18 new modules, which are available
immediately, can be found at www.netbeans.org. Among the 18 new modules are:
-- Java Data Objects (JDO) support -- support for JDO, a Java technology
for mapping entities in relational databases to Java objects, making it
easy for developers experienced in object-oriented design, but not
database programming, to quickly build client-server applications in a
paradigm that leverages their existing skills.
-- Struts support -- support for the Apache Struts framework, a technology
built on top of JavaServer Pages(TM) (JSP(TM)), enhances productivity
for Web application developers.
-- Java 3D(TM) support -- a toolset for developing Java 3D scene graphs,
enabling the rapid delivery of cross-platform, high quality graphical
-- Support Interface Module (SIM) and BugSubmitter module -- the SIM
creates a common infrastructure that enables vendors of different
modules to provide customized support directly from the NetBeans
Platform or IDE's user interface. The BugSubmitter module leverages the
SIM to enable users, from within the NetBeans IDE, to submit requests
for new functionality and report any issues encountered.
-- Audit module -- allows a development team to create and tune rules that
define the best practices for their development and stop problems that
a compiler or debugger will not catch, before they find their way into
-- Metrics module -- permits simple to sophisticated analysis of source
code to give developers and management a clear assessment of the state
of a project at any given time.
-- XTest support -- a set of automated tools to easily provide performance
and API compatibility tests, which an organization can use to
automatically assess the performance of a system under development
relative to past benchmarks.
The NetBeans.org community site serves as the coordination point for the
development and testing of the NetBeans Platform and IDE by providing
discussion forums, software engineering tools, certified releases, mailing
lists, issue tracking and version control. CollabNet, a leading provider of
collaborative software development solutions based on open source concepts,
provides the infrastructure for NetBeans.org.
For more information on the NetBeans modules, developers and contributors,
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