Sun Microsystems Announces Forte(TM) for Java(TM), Release 2.0, Supporting Entry-to-Enterprise Development

Just-in-Time Upgrades Possible With Dynamically Downloaded, Intelligent

Plug-in Modules



Dec 11, 2000, 00:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced Forte(TM) for Java(TM),
 release 2.0, the latest version of the company's leading cross-platform
 development environment for building Internet services-based applications.
 Forte for Java, release 2.0 includes several new plug-in modules that make it
 easy for Java developers to build data-centric Internet applications.
     The Forte for Java development environment features a modular architecture
 based on an open source framework (www.netbeans.org), supporting entry-level
 to enterprise-class developers.  Users can step up to progressively more
 powerful features of the product as their needs evolve.  The additional
 features can be dynamically downloaded via the Internet into the development
 environment.  This enables developers to tackle more sophisticated projects
 using the same environment, leveraging their existing investment. 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.
     "The industry is migrating to an open, services-centric application
 model," said Stans Kleijnen, Vice President, Forte Tools, Sun Microsystems.
 "Forte for Java customers can take advantage of a proven development
 environment that's available now to begin building Internet services-based
 applications.  The 2.0 release features support for the latest version of
 JavaServer Pages(TM) software, which is rapidly becoming the technology of
 choice for developers building platform-independent, truly interactive Web
 pages."
     "We especially like the modular design of Forte for Java, which allows for
 virtually seamless expansion and upgrades to the core product," said
 Sean Aitken, Codesmith, Interlan Technologies.  "The other critical factor is
 that Forte for Java is based on open source, thereby avoiding any chance of
 vendor lock in.  This also allows our team to write code that strictly
 conforms to standards that we know are compatible with other IDEs and
 development platforms."
     "I evaluated every Java IDE available and none offered the flexibility and
 freedom of Forte for Java," said Tim Ferrell, Lead Developer at
 McGee Corporation.  "Regardless of the project components -- JFC, JDBC, JSP,
 EJB, CORBA, XML -- Forte for Java gives us a powerful, world-class environment
 to quickly bring our designs to life and does not force a particular approach
 or limit our toolset choices."
 
     Forte for Java -- New Features
     New product features simplify the creation of Web-enabled applications,
 and include:
     -- JavaServer Page software creation and debugging -- JSP(TM) pages are
 rapidly becoming the preferred means of generating dynamic Web pages.  Support
 for JSP 1.1 tag library editing and debugging speeds and simplifies the
 creation of JSP pages.
     -- Transparent persistence -- This capability lets developers access data
 from relational databases and other sources using Java programming, with no
 need to learn or switch to SQL programming for database access.  This
 implementation of transparent persistence is based on the proposed Java Data
 Objects (JDO) standard, and provides a higher-level interface than JDBC(TM) or
 SQL.  It presents an object view of the data and application and allows
 developers to treat database schema as Java persistent objects.
     -- Source code management -- Forte TeamWare, a source code control system,
 provides popular capabilities that simplify distributed team development.
 These include version control, build and release management, and problem
 management and tracking.
 
     Forte for Java -- Editions
     The Forte for Java integrated development environment (IDE) comes in
 multiple editions, which provide a convenient way of packaging specific
 plug-in modules for different types of developers.  Currently, Sun offers
 two Forte for Java editions:
     -- Community Edition -- Designed for developers who require an intuitive
 Java IDE that simplifies the creation of JavaBeans(TM) architecture, applets
 and simple database connectivity.  This edition is available at no charge for
 download at http://sun.com/forte/ffj/ce .  Community Edition has already
 generated nearly 600,000 downloads.
     -- Internet Edition -- Designed for professional developers creating
 Web-enabled applications in support of the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise
 Edition.  Plug-in modules simplify the creation of JSP pages, support
 transparent persistence and streamline team development.  This edition will be
 available for download at http://sun.com/forte/ffj/ie for US$495 and is
 expected to be available at http://flashline.com .
 
     Availability and Platform Support
     Forte for Java, release 2.0, which is currently in beta, is slated for
 general availability in January 2001.  Forte for Java is cross-platform
 compatible, enabling development on the Solaris(TM) Operating Environment,
 Linux and Windows platforms.  For more information on Forte products, please
 visit: http://sun.com/forte .
 
     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
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to dot-com their businesses.
 With $17.6 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than
 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, The Network Is The Computer,
 Forte, Java, JavaServer Pages, JSP, JDBC, JavaBeans and Solaris are trademarks
 or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in
 other countries.
 
 

SOURCE Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced Forte(TM) for Java(TM),
 release 2.0, the latest version of the company's leading cross-platform
 development environment for building Internet services-based applications.
 Forte for Java, release 2.0 includes several new plug-in modules that make it
 easy for Java developers to build data-centric Internet applications.
     The Forte for Java development environment features a modular architecture
 based on an open source framework (www.netbeans.org), supporting entry-level
 to enterprise-class developers.  Users can step up to progressively more
 powerful features of the product as their needs evolve.  The additional
 features can be dynamically downloaded via the Internet into the development
 environment.  This enables developers to tackle more sophisticated projects
 using the same environment, leveraging their existing investment. 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.
     "The industry is migrating to an open, services-centric application
 model," said Stans Kleijnen, Vice President, Forte Tools, Sun Microsystems.
 "Forte for Java customers can take advantage of a proven development
 environment that's available now to begin building Internet services-based
 applications.  The 2.0 release features support for the latest version of
 JavaServer Pages(TM) software, which is rapidly becoming the technology of
 choice for developers building platform-independent, truly interactive Web
 pages."
     "We especially like the modular design of Forte for Java, which allows for
 virtually seamless expansion and upgrades to the core product," said
 Sean Aitken, Codesmith, Interlan Technologies.  "The other critical factor is
 that Forte for Java is based on open source, thereby avoiding any chance of
 vendor lock in.  This also allows our team to write code that strictly
 conforms to standards that we know are compatible with other IDEs and
 development platforms."
     "I evaluated every Java IDE available and none offered the flexibility and
 freedom of Forte for Java," said Tim Ferrell, Lead Developer at
 McGee Corporation.  "Regardless of the project components -- JFC, JDBC, JSP,
 EJB, CORBA, XML -- Forte for Java gives us a powerful, world-class environment
 to quickly bring our designs to life and does not force a particular approach
 or limit our toolset choices."
 
     Forte for Java -- New Features
     New product features simplify the creation of Web-enabled applications,
 and include:
     -- JavaServer Page software creation and debugging -- JSP(TM) pages are
 rapidly becoming the preferred means of generating dynamic Web pages.  Support
 for JSP 1.1 tag library editing and debugging speeds and simplifies the
 creation of JSP pages.
     -- Transparent persistence -- This capability lets developers access data
 from relational databases and other sources using Java programming, with no
 need to learn or switch to SQL programming for database access.  This
 implementation of transparent persistence is based on the proposed Java Data
 Objects (JDO) standard, and provides a higher-level interface than JDBC(TM) or
 SQL.  It presents an object view of the data and application and allows
 developers to treat database schema as Java persistent objects.
     -- Source code management -- Forte TeamWare, a source code control system,
 provides popular capabilities that simplify distributed team development.
 These include version control, build and release management, and problem
 management and tracking.
 
     Forte for Java -- Editions
     The Forte for Java integrated development environment (IDE) comes in
 multiple editions, which provide a convenient way of packaging specific
 plug-in modules for different types of developers.  Currently, Sun offers
 two Forte for Java editions:
     -- Community Edition -- Designed for developers who require an intuitive
 Java IDE that simplifies the creation of JavaBeans(TM) architecture, applets
 and simple database connectivity.  This edition is available at no charge for
 download at http://sun.com/forte/ffj/ce .  Community Edition has already
 generated nearly 600,000 downloads.
     -- Internet Edition -- Designed for professional developers creating
 Web-enabled applications in support of the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise
 Edition.  Plug-in modules simplify the creation of JSP pages, support
 transparent persistence and streamline team development.  This edition will be
 available for download at http://sun.com/forte/ffj/ie for US$495 and is
 expected to be available at http://flashline.com .
 
     Availability and Platform Support
     Forte for Java, release 2.0, which is currently in beta, is slated for
 general availability in January 2001.  Forte for Java is cross-platform
 compatible, enabling development on the Solaris(TM) Operating Environment,
 Linux and Windows platforms.  For more information on Forte products, please
 visit: http://sun.com/forte .
 
     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
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to dot-com their businesses.
 With $17.6 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than
 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, The Network Is The Computer,
 Forte, Java, JavaServer Pages, JSP, JDBC, JavaBeans and Solaris are trademarks
 or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in
 other countries.
 
 SOURCE  Sun Microsystems, Inc.