Component Providers Enrich Sun's Forte[TM] for Java[TM] IDE to Speed Delivery Of Smart, Open Web Services

Third-Party Products and Open Source Community Extend Development

Environment with Complementary Products



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    PALO ALTO, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. today
 announced the expansion of the Forte[TM] for Java[TM] Extension Partners
 Program with the addition of several new component and product providers:
 Aduva, BDI Systems, Drala Software, DS Data Systems, HYWY Software Corp.,
 IONA, Sitraka Software and VisualSoft Technologies.  These firms will deliver
 components that build on the Sun[TM] ONE vision by extending the Forte for
 Java integrated development environment (IDE), making it easier for customers
 to build, assemble and deploy smart Web services.
     The Forte for Java product is quickly becoming a market leader in the
 Java[TM] programming language IDE market.  The software features a modular
 architecture based on the NetBeans[TM] open source platform
 (www.netbeans.org), supporting entry-level to enterprise-class developers.
 Because the product is built on a common, publicly available code base, users
 benefit from the continuing enhancements and reliability inherent in an open
 source model.  With third-party firms developing commercial extension modules
 and components as well, the Forte for Java product community gives developers
 access to a powerful, flexible combination of open source and commercial
 add-on software.
     "By attracting inventive companies into the Forte for Java Extension
 Partners Program, we can offer developers a rich spectrum of products and
 modules for creating Web services and applications," said Stans Kleijnen, vice
 president, Forte Tools, Sun Microsystems.  "Developers benefit from the
 innovation occurring in the NetBeans open source community as well as from
 commercial vendors, offering an exceptionally vibrant and open model for
 development."
 
     The Forte for Java Extension Partners Program
     Extension providers focus on adding unique features and capabilities to
 their products and modules, contributing their expertise in areas such as
 modeling, lifecycle management, application servers and other technologies.
 These providers extend the reach and capabilities of the Forte for Java IDE to
 address the varied needs of developers.  The following companies recently
 joined the Forte for Java Extension Partners Program:
 
     Aduva, Inc. (www.aduva.com) - The Aduva system management solution will
 enable developers using the Forte for Java IDE to incorporate remote updates,
 monitoring and support capabilities into their products.  Aduva supplies
 technology that enables users to distribute components, while maintaining a
 pre-defined relationship between them.  The dynamic system continually updates
 component requirements and ensures the configuration is constantly conforming
 to pre-defined specifications.
 
     BDI Systems (www.bdisystems.com) - BDIS's DB/XML Vision FX and xPower
 Transform FX extend the Forte for Java product to provide customers with
 bi-directional data transformation between any database and XML documents.
 BDIS's ready-to-use data transformation technologies will enable developers
 using the Forte for Java IDE to implement scalable and reliable XML-based
 solutions for their corporate portals, B2B systems, database integration,
 application integration and data conversion.
 
     Drala Software (www.dralasoft.com) - Drala Software's Drala Workflow
 Engine and Drala Event Broker will be accessible from within the Forte for
 Java IDE, providing customers with business process automation and event
 messaging capabilities.  Drala Software also plans to include Forte for Java,
 Community Edition with the company's enterprise components, providing e-
 business developers with a multi-platform visual development environment for
 creating applications.
 
     DS Data Systems (www.dsdata.com) - DS Data Systems' XML Persistency
 Framework, used in conjunction with the Forte for Java product, provides
 customers with highly configurable XML/XSL data transformation capabilities
 between any Java programming language application and an RDBMS.  DS Data
 Systems specializes in the development of leading-edge Internet technologies
 and advanced e-business solutions.
 
     HYWY Software Corp. (www.hywy.com) - HYWY's Productivity Environment for
 Java Technology is an integrated, standards-based, platform-independent
 toolset incorporating modeling, code generation and object persistence through
 a high performance object cache, designed to automate the complete Java
 technology development lifecycle.  The Productivity Environment for Java
 Technology enables business people and application developers to conceptualize
 and model applications and to then generate the Java technology-based code
 required to solve business problems.
 
     IONA (www.iona.com) - IONA will incorporate Forte for Java technology into
 its iPortal Application Server, providing e-business developers with an easy-
 to-use IDE for creating Java[TM] 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE[TM])
 technology-based applications. IONA also will be adding an automated bean
 deployment wizard and plug-ins for provisioning, assembly and configuration to
 support all stages of Enterprise JavaBeans[TM] (EJB[TM]) component-based
 development and deployment.  IONA is also enhancing the iPortal Application
 Server through Forte for Java technology-based features including an XML
 editor and JavaServer Pages[TM] (JSP[TM]) technology and servlet support.
 
     Sitraka Software (www.sitraka.com) - Sitraka's JClass Java technology-
 based components are fully integrated with the Forte for Java IDE.  The JClass
 components provide a wide range of high-value GUI functionality including
 charting and graphing, tables and grids, data connectivity, data input and
 validation, JAR optimization, GUI enhancements, and layout and reporting.
 JClass components offer developers fully developed, fully tested GUIs,
 available as a drop down directly from the Forte for Java palette.
 
     VisualSoft Technologies (www.visualmart.com) - The VisualSoft JBPro suite
 of visual components will be integrated with the Forte for Java product to
 help developers improve their productivity and to facilitate quicker time to
 market.  The suite includes components, delivered using JavaBeans technology,
 that perform time and task management, project management, charting for
 business applications, data display and manipulation, and calendaring
 applications.
 
     Sun[TM] ONE
     Sun[TM] Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) is one of the industry's most
 comprehensive offerings to deliver Web services today and includes an
 architecture and roadmap based on open standards, such as Java and XML
 technologies, to take advantage of the new generation of smart Web services
 and beyond.  Smart Web services are enhanced Web services with a level of
 intelligence based on context that spans multiple networks beyond the Web, and
 provide a richer experience for both enterprises and end-users.  Sun ONE will
 simplify the way in which both Web and open smart services are created,
 assembled and deployed - benefiting enterprises with better business-wide
 productivity, developers with faster time-to-service and increased market
 opportunity, and consumers with an enriched user experience.  More information
 about Sun ONE can be found at www.sun.com/software/sunone.
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision - The Network Is The
 Computer[TM] - has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW), to its
 position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and
 services that power the 'net and allow companies worldwide to take their
 businesses to the nth.  With $19.2 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be
 found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com.
 
     Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, EJB, Enterprise JavaBeans, Forte,
 Java, JavaServer Pages, J2EE, JSP, NetBeans, and The Network Is The Computer
 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the
 United States and in other countries.
 
 

SOURCE Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    PALO ALTO, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. today
 announced the expansion of the Forte[TM] for Java[TM] Extension Partners
 Program with the addition of several new component and product providers:
 Aduva, BDI Systems, Drala Software, DS Data Systems, HYWY Software Corp.,
 IONA, Sitraka Software and VisualSoft Technologies.  These firms will deliver
 components that build on the Sun[TM] ONE vision by extending the Forte for
 Java integrated development environment (IDE), making it easier for customers
 to build, assemble and deploy smart Web services.
     The Forte for Java product is quickly becoming a market leader in the
 Java[TM] programming language IDE market.  The software features a modular
 architecture based on the NetBeans[TM] open source platform
 (www.netbeans.org), supporting entry-level to enterprise-class developers.
 Because the product is built on a common, publicly available code base, users
 benefit from the continuing enhancements and reliability inherent in an open
 source model.  With third-party firms developing commercial extension modules
 and components as well, the Forte for Java product community gives developers
 access to a powerful, flexible combination of open source and commercial
 add-on software.
     "By attracting inventive companies into the Forte for Java Extension
 Partners Program, we can offer developers a rich spectrum of products and
 modules for creating Web services and applications," said Stans Kleijnen, vice
 president, Forte Tools, Sun Microsystems.  "Developers benefit from the
 innovation occurring in the NetBeans open source community as well as from
 commercial vendors, offering an exceptionally vibrant and open model for
 development."
 
     The Forte for Java Extension Partners Program
     Extension providers focus on adding unique features and capabilities to
 their products and modules, contributing their expertise in areas such as
 modeling, lifecycle management, application servers and other technologies.
 These providers extend the reach and capabilities of the Forte for Java IDE to
 address the varied needs of developers.  The following companies recently
 joined the Forte for Java Extension Partners Program:
 
     Aduva, Inc. (www.aduva.com) - The Aduva system management solution will
 enable developers using the Forte for Java IDE to incorporate remote updates,
 monitoring and support capabilities into their products.  Aduva supplies
 technology that enables users to distribute components, while maintaining a
 pre-defined relationship between them.  The dynamic system continually updates
 component requirements and ensures the configuration is constantly conforming
 to pre-defined specifications.
 
     BDI Systems (www.bdisystems.com) - BDIS's DB/XML Vision FX and xPower
 Transform FX extend the Forte for Java product to provide customers with
 bi-directional data transformation between any database and XML documents.
 BDIS's ready-to-use data transformation technologies will enable developers
 using the Forte for Java IDE to implement scalable and reliable XML-based
 solutions for their corporate portals, B2B systems, database integration,
 application integration and data conversion.
 
     Drala Software (www.dralasoft.com) - Drala Software's Drala Workflow
 Engine and Drala Event Broker will be accessible from within the Forte for
 Java IDE, providing customers with business process automation and event
 messaging capabilities.  Drala Software also plans to include Forte for Java,
 Community Edition with the company's enterprise components, providing e-
 business developers with a multi-platform visual development environment for
 creating applications.
 
     DS Data Systems (www.dsdata.com) - DS Data Systems' XML Persistency
 Framework, used in conjunction with the Forte for Java product, provides
 customers with highly configurable XML/XSL data transformation capabilities
 between any Java programming language application and an RDBMS.  DS Data
 Systems specializes in the development of leading-edge Internet technologies
 and advanced e-business solutions.
 
     HYWY Software Corp. (www.hywy.com) - HYWY's Productivity Environment for
 Java Technology is an integrated, standards-based, platform-independent
 toolset incorporating modeling, code generation and object persistence through
 a high performance object cache, designed to automate the complete Java
 technology development lifecycle.  The Productivity Environment for Java
 Technology enables business people and application developers to conceptualize
 and model applications and to then generate the Java technology-based code
 required to solve business problems.
 
     IONA (www.iona.com) - IONA will incorporate Forte for Java technology into
 its iPortal Application Server, providing e-business developers with an easy-
 to-use IDE for creating Java[TM] 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE[TM])
 technology-based applications. IONA also will be adding an automated bean
 deployment wizard and plug-ins for provisioning, assembly and configuration to
 support all stages of Enterprise JavaBeans[TM] (EJB[TM]) component-based
 development and deployment.  IONA is also enhancing the iPortal Application
 Server through Forte for Java technology-based features including an XML
 editor and JavaServer Pages[TM] (JSP[TM]) technology and servlet support.
 
     Sitraka Software (www.sitraka.com) - Sitraka's JClass Java technology-
 based components are fully integrated with the Forte for Java IDE.  The JClass
 components provide a wide range of high-value GUI functionality including
 charting and graphing, tables and grids, data connectivity, data input and
 validation, JAR optimization, GUI enhancements, and layout and reporting.
 JClass components offer developers fully developed, fully tested GUIs,
 available as a drop down directly from the Forte for Java palette.
 
     VisualSoft Technologies (www.visualmart.com) - The VisualSoft JBPro suite
 of visual components will be integrated with the Forte for Java product to
 help developers improve their productivity and to facilitate quicker time to
 market.  The suite includes components, delivered using JavaBeans technology,
 that perform time and task management, project management, charting for
 business applications, data display and manipulation, and calendaring
 applications.
 
     Sun[TM] ONE
     Sun[TM] Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) is one of the industry's most
 comprehensive offerings to deliver Web services today and includes an
 architecture and roadmap based on open standards, such as Java and XML
 technologies, to take advantage of the new generation of smart Web services
 and beyond.  Smart Web services are enhanced Web services with a level of
 intelligence based on context that spans multiple networks beyond the Web, and
 provide a richer experience for both enterprises and end-users.  Sun ONE will
 simplify the way in which both Web and open smart services are created,
 assembled and deployed - benefiting enterprises with better business-wide
 productivity, developers with faster time-to-service and increased market
 opportunity, and consumers with an enriched user experience.  More information
 about Sun ONE can be found at www.sun.com/software/sunone.
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision - The Network Is The
 Computer[TM] - has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW), to its
 position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and
 services that power the 'net and allow companies worldwide to take their
 businesses to the nth.  With $19.2 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be
 found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com.
 
     Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, EJB, Enterprise JavaBeans, Forte,
 Java, JavaServer Pages, J2EE, JSP, NetBeans, and The Network Is The Computer
 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the
 United States and in other countries.
 
 SOURCE  Sun Microsystems, Inc.