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 www.netbeans.org. 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. http://developers.sun.com/developer_help/
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.
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