/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), the creator
and leading advocate of Java(TM) technology, today underscored its commitment
to open source and desktop technology leadership by contributing Project
Looking Glass and Java 3D(TM) technology to the open source community. This
contribution will unleash a new dimension of developer innovation by making
Sun's cutting edge technology available at Sun's 3D Desktop Technology Open
Source Project on java.net.
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Sun also announced additional open source desktop efforts in collaboration
with the Java developer community: the JDesktop Network Components (JDNC) and
JDesktop Integration Components (JDIC). JDNC radically simplifies the
development of rich networked desktop applications. JDIC seamlessly integrates
cross-platform Java technology-based applications with the native desktop.
These open source community contributions aim to promote innovation, ease of
development, integration and interactivity on the desktop, and stimulate
growth of the Java platform economy for all participants.
"Today marks the beginning of a new era for Java technology innovation on
the desktop," said John Loiacono, executive vice president of Software at Sun.
"By contributing next-generation desktop technologies, providing simpler ways
to create rich Java technology-based desktop content and integrating into the
underlying operating system, Sun is broadening the desktop capabilities and
ensuring ease-of-use for developers. Sun is now laying the groundwork for
accelerated adoption and development of key Java technologies, spurring
creativity and choice."
Project Looking Glass -- Accelerating Innovative 3D Desktop Development
Project Looking Glass is the 3D desktop project that first captivated the
technology industry and blew the lid off the traditional windowing paradigm at
its first mass demo in Summer 2003. Project Looking Glass' innovative desktop
interface offers an intuitive, new 3D environment to interact with desktop
applications featuring window transparency, rotation, zoom, multiple desktop
workspaces and miniaturization. The technology helps developers build highly
visual 3D desktops and applications that will run on the Solaris(TM) Operating
System (OS) and Linux systems such as Sun's Java Desktop System. The Project
Looking Glass developer's release is expected to enable Java technology
developers to break new ground in the way information and data is represented
to the user.
The following features are now available in the Project Looking Glass
-- 3D Window Manager Platform -- Highly scalable Java 3D Application
Programming Interface (API) with client-server model support that helps
developers with design documents, initial specification and prototype
-- 3D Window Manager and Application Development API -- Java API to enable
development of new 3D desktop applications and 3D Window Manager
features for the Project Looking Glass platform.
-- Native Application Integration Module -- Module to run X11 applications
within the 3D environment.
-- Sample 3D Window Manager -- Sample implementation for testing and
-- 3D Environment Lite -- Stand alone, simplified 3D environment for
development and testing that can be run on any Java 3D API-enabled
platform including Linux and the Solaris OS.
For more information on Project Looking Glass, visit
Java 3D -- Taking Java Technology to New Dimensions
Sun is also releasing the Java 3D API to the open source community on
java.net. The Java 3D API, recently used by NASA for its command and control
system for the Mars Rover mission, helps developers incorporate high-quality,
scalable, platform-independent 3D graphics into applications and applets based
on Java technology. To access Java 3D, visit
www.java.sun.com/products/java-media/3D/. To join and contribute to the
community, visit http://java3d.dev.java.net/.
JDesktop Integration Components (JDIC)
The JDIC project, launched on java.net, will continue Java technology's
focus on seamless desktop integration. It complements the native look and feel
for Windows XP and GTK introduced in Java(TM) 2 Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.4.2
and the desktop integration enhancements in J2SE 5.0. JDIC will help
developers create applications that run on multiple operating systems while
giving users a quality user experience consistent with their desktop. Visit
http://jdic.dev.java.net for more details.
JDesktop Network Components (JDNC)
JDNC aims to simplify the development of rich networked desktop
applications. It offers a set of high-level user interface components with
built-in networking and data-binding support that can be configured via
Extensible Markup Language (XML). JDNC will lower the bar for rich client
development and boost developer productivity, enabling a larger portion of
developers to take advantage of highly interactive client applications. More
information can be found at
Project Looking Glass, Java 3D, JDIC and JDNC projects are part of
javadesktop.org, the java.net community for desktop developers.
java.net -- The Center for Developer Innovation
The 2004 JavaOne Developer Conference marks the first anniversary of
java.net, the source for Java technology collaboration sponsored by Sun. In
less than a year after the site's launch, java.net has reached 50,000 users
and 1,000 projects, continuing its efforts to provide the definitive online
community for Java technology development. The community provides feature
content from O'Reilly Media, and collaborative development tools from
CollabNet, helping to create a unique community of learning and development.
Coupled with content and infrastructure, Sun's expertise in open source has
created a unique community that provides developers with the tools,
information and resources they need to participate in or run their own open
In addition, java.net today launched a new community dedicated to the
discussion, development and collaboration of Java Specification Requests (JSR)
proposed by Java Community Process(SM) (JCP(SM)) members. This new community
aims to increase efficiency by making it easier to set up JSR projects and
providing the appropriate tools needed to communicate and share code with the
community for greater transparency.
For more information on the JavaOne conference, visit
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