Sun Announces Release of Open Source NetBeans 5 IDE New Release Improves Developer Productivity, Eases Deployment and Simplifies

Plug-In Development

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems,
 Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW), the creator and leading advocate of Java (TM) technology,
 together with the NetBeans community today announced the general availability
 of the Java(TM) based open-source NetBeans Integrated Development Environment
 (IDE) software tools via download at NetBeans 5.0 IDE
 provides comprehensive support for building Java SE, Java EE, and Java ME
 applications and includes a variety of unique new features and significant
 enhancements such as NetBeans GUI Builder (formerly Project Matisse), that
 differentiates it from all other developer tools.
     Other features of the release include:  completely redesigned support for
 CVS; support for the Sun Java System AppServer 8.2; BEA WebLogic 9 and JBoss 4
 application servers; Struts and Java Server Faces support and new types of
 re-factoring and editor enhancements that make writing code even easier than
     "Project Matisse epitomizes the finest qualities of the Java desktop
 renaissance. No other tool I have tried makes it so easy to 'get it right' in
 the design of a Java GUI, and the code it generates is both clean and
 comprehensible," says Rick Ross, JavaLobby. "Don't waste your time doing
 layouts by hand, Matisse is the power tool you've needed all along."
     "The NetBeans IDE is another example of the tremendous momentum Sun is
 experiencing with it open source initiatives," said Jeff Jackson, senior vice
 president of Java, Enterprise, and Developer platforms for Sun. "During the
 last 18 months the community has seen a tripling of active users of NetBeans
 -- and we expect that momentum to skyrocket with the launch of NetBeans 5."
     Among the new features in NetBeans 5, easy to use tools for quickly
 extending the IDE or building a rich client application on the NetBeans
 Platform have already been adopted by a variety of leading industry
 technologies and companies.  NetBeans 5.0 ensures the common look and feel of
 applications post-deployment across the following platforms which support
 Java SE:  the Solaris(TM) 10 Operating System, OpenSolaris, Linux, Microsoft
 Windows, and Apple Macintosh OS X.
     And introduced for the first time, Technical Support for NetBeans will now
 be available through the Expert Assistance -- a new Sun Developer Network
 Program. Through this program, a developer can get assistance for Sun
 developer tools, the Java SE platform and NetBeans IDE. Diagnostic and coding
 advice, workarounds, and best practices guidance are all available free while
 this support program is in Beta.
     Jackson continues, "With the expansion of the NetBeans IDE user-base, and
 the comprehensive support available for plug-in development with NetBeans 5,
 the industry is already lining up behind NetBeans as the premier tool for
 delivering solutions to the Java developer community."
     Also being released, NetBeans Mobility Pack 5 -- the much anticipated
 industry-leading tool for developing applications targeted at the 200 billion-
 plus Java ME powered mobile devices currently offered by industry leaders.
     "The NetBeans Mobility Pack 5 is a great solution for Java ME  application
 creation for Sony Ericsson phones. Now developers can build end-to-end
 applications for mobile phones such as the Sony Ericsson W550, W600 and W900
 Walkman(R) phones and the P990 smartphone supporting the MIDP Web Services API
 (JSR-172)," said Ulf Wretling, director and head of Content Development at
 Sony Ericsson. "On-device debugging and deployment to Sony Ericsson phones,
 plus the Mobility Pack's drag-and-drop authoring capabilities make this a
 must-have tool for the productive mobile developer."
     Sun has committed to open sourcing its entire software portfolio using
 industry-standard open source licensing models to allow customers to have easy
 and broad access to all of its source code. Many of the components of Sun's
 integrated platform are already available as open source, including the
 Solaris OS, the Sun Java Application Server,  and several key underlying
 services like single sign-on capabilities and the ability to connect multiple,
 independent applications in a standard way. This is a trend where Sun
 continues to be a pioneer.
     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
 make the Net work.  Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the
 World Wide Web at .
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Solaris, Java and The Network
 Is The Computer are trademarks, registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems,
 Inc. in the United States and other countries.
     For More Information:
     Terri Molini
     Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Shoshana Deutschkron
     Bite Communications for Sun Microsystems

SOURCE Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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