SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun
Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), the creator and leading advocate of
Java(TM) technology, today announced it will be incorporating Java(TM) DB,
the Sun supported distribution of the open source Apache Derby Project, as
well as the Group Layout component from the NetBeans(TM) GUI Builder
code-named Project Matisse (https://swing-layout.dev.java.net/ ) into the
latest version of the Java(TM) Platform Standard Edition 6 (Java SE 6)
Java(TM) Development Kit (JDK). In addition, Sun announced new agreements
with Founder Technology Group and Lenovo to ship the Java(TM)Runtime
Environment (JRE) on their hardware.
The second Beta release of Java SE 6 technology is now available at:
http://java.sun.com/javase/6 . Developers are encouraged to begin their
transition to Java SE 6 platform and leverage the enhancements and expanded
functionality of the latest release. Scheduled for final release in the
Fall of 2006, the Java SE 6 platform is the result of an industry-wide
development effort that involves open review, weekly builds and extensive
collaboration between Sun engineers and over 330 external developers. In
addition, Sun announced the expansion of service programs for Java SE 6
developers ranging from programming-specific advice to enterprise support
with its Sun(SM) Developer Expert Assistance (DEA) Program and Sun(SM)
Developer Service Plans (DSP).
Java DB in Java SE 6
Beginning today, Java DB will be available through the early access
weekly builds of Java SE 6 at: https://mustang.dev.java.net/ . Although it
has a footprint of only two megabytes (MB), Java DB is a sophisticated,
fully transactional, relational Java technology-based database with support
for open standards, triggers, and stored procedures. Java DB can be used
either in client-server mode or embedded directly into a Java application
where it can run in the same Java(TM) Virtual Machine (JVM(TM)),
eliminating the need to acquire, download, install, or administer the
database separately from the application. Sun offers support services for
customers who choose to use Java DB in production.
Rapid Visual Development of Swing Applications
Java SE 6 will also include the new layout manager component that
enables developers to create standards-based GUI layouts easily and
efficiently. GroupLayout is a key component of the NetBeans GUI Builder
(code named Project Matisse) that makes the design of a Java technology GUI
as simple as using a WYSIWYG drawing program. With a form builder that
provides visual guidelines for optimal spacing between components and their
alignments, there is no need to know the underlying Swing constructs or
guidelines for different looks and feels.
Expanding Java Technology Availability on the Desktop
Founder Technology Group and Lenovo have both signed licensing
agreements to ship the latest JRE on a broad range of business and consumer
desktop and notebook PCs starting as early as the third quarter of this
year. As a result, their customers will have immediate access to the latest
Java technology-based content and applications. With this announcement,
Founder Technology Group and Lenovo join the list of leading PC
manufacturers around the world that distribute the Java platform on their
hardware, which also includes: Acer, Apple Computer Inc., Dell Computer
Corporation, Gateway, HP, Samsung, Toshiba and Tsinghua Tongfang.
Sun recently launched a new program for PC Original Equipment
Manufacturers (OEMs) to distribute Java SE technology. Using a simple
online application and single 'click-through' approval of the distribution
agreement PC OEMs can sign up for the program at: http://java.com/pcoem.
Once approved into the program, the companies can distribute Java SE
technology on the systems they deliver and receive online support for the
integration of the Java platform into their installation, configuration and
A top priority for the Java SE 6 software is to protect developers'
current and future investments by helping to ensure compatibility. Earlier
this year, Sun sponsored the "Regressions Challenge" contest and invited
developers to test their applications on the Java SE 6 platform. The
contest resulted in more than 130 submissions and 72 bugs were filed --
more than half of which already have fixes
(http://download.java.net/jdk/Mustang-Regressions.html ). In addition,
almost 160 companies are working with Sun to help enable compatibility by
actively testing their Java technology-based applications on the Java SE 6
Developers are encouraged to try out the latest features in Java SE 6
software Beta using the NetBeans IDE 5.0 software tools via download at
http://www.netbeans.org. Sun's Developer Services programs
(http://developers.sun.com/services ) offer Java developers a complete line
of developer how-to help, product support and updates, and training that
reduces time and risk for the entire application lifecycle -- from
development through deployment. Java developers are also encouraged to join
the Sun(SM) Developer Network Program, at no cost, by registering online
at: http://developers.sun.com/register .
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