Sun Microsystems NetBeans Achieves Broad Developer Adoption Innovative GUI Development Plus Java Standards Combine to Deliver Rich,

Cross-Platform Applications

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun Microsystems Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   SUNW), the creator and leading advocate of Java (TM) technology,
 today announced that Project Matisse -- the Graphical User Interface Builder
 and one of the most innovative features of the highly anticipated NetBeans 5.0
 Integrated development Environment (IDE) software -- is achieving broad
 developer adoption and endorsements.
     With NetBeans 5.0, the Graphical User Interface (GUI) Builder is
 dramatically simplified, which enables users to speed up their development
 cycle. This optimization has already demonstrated itself to be a major
 advancement in the creation of rich client Java applications. For example,
 Serpro, Brazil's largest public IT company, recently began using NetBeans
 Project Matisse to develop Java applications for a range of Federal agencies
 in Brazil. With close to 9000 employees in over 300 cities, Serpro
 impressively manages more than 1 billion transactions annually for the
 Brazilian government.
     According to Serge Rehem, chief of development at Serpro, "We are
 committed to open source in platforms and tools, and NetBeans is one of our
 development tools of choice. NetBeans solves the problem that has been
 plaguing developers for years -- easy GUI creation. There is nothing else like
 it in the market today and our Java desktop developers are now switching to
     In contrast with other visual development tools that target rich client
 development on specific platforms, Project Matisse is unique in building
 applications that can be deployed -- with consistent look, feel, and user
 interaction -- across the variety of desktop platforms that support Java SE,
 using simple drag and drop technology. These include the Solaris(TM) 10 OS,
 OpenSolaris, Linux, Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh OS X.
     To date, there have been more than 8 million downloads of the NetBeans IDE
 (approximately 30 percent of those in the past year.) Overall, developers are
 making the switch to NetBeans from other development tools, recognizing the
 improved power and speed provided by the NetBeans IDE. For more developer
 success stories in switching to NetBeans, see
     "Over the past 12 months, we've broken down the barricades to easy Java
 development," says Jeff Jackson, senior vice president of Java, Enterprise and
 Development Products at Sun. "What's more, we've accomplished it all while
 adhering to the core values of the Java platform -- cross platform application
 development and deployment with Java standards. We're pleased to see
 organizations like Serpro eagerly anticipating the release of NetBeans 5.0."
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     A singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer"(TM) -- guides Sun in
 the development of technologies that power the world's most important markets.
 Sun's philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the
 forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be
 found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, Solaris, NetBeans, and
 The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
     Press Contact:
     Terri Molini
     Sun Microsystems, Inc.

SOURCE Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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