Sun Microsystems' Forte(TM) for Java(TM) IDE Downloads Speed Past One Million Mark

Tools Platform Benefits From Innovation by Open Source and

Commercial Developers



May 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    PALO ALTO, Calif., May 17 /PRNewswire/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) today announced that its Forte(TM) for
 Java(TM) integrated development environment (IDE) has topped one million
 downloads from the Sun website.  This major milestone highlights the growing
 strength of the Forte for Java IDE as a product of choice for developers who
 are building Web applications and services and as a foundation for independent
 software vendors who are extending the environment with XML- and SOAP-based
 technology for deploying Web services.
     Sun's Forte development tools are key building blocks of the Sun(TM) Open
 Net Environment (Sun ONE) vision for delivering smart Web services.  The
 toolset is evolving to make it easier for developers to build Web services,
 assemble XML services, convert legacy applications to dynamic XML services,
 and create versatile user interface software for accessing these services from
 any range of devices.
     "The NetBeans(TM) and Forte for Java communities are hotbeds of
 innovation," said Patricia C. Sueltz, executive vice president, Software
 Systems Group, Sun Microsystems.  "Developers in the open source world,
 vendors who are extending the platform with their own add-on modules and our
 own committed Sun developers are working to advance the platform at a rate
 that no single vendor can match."
     Erick Calderon, a senior design engineer at e-centives, Inc., was
 acknowledged as the developer who performed the millionth download and was
 awarded a coveted Java leather bomber jacket.
     "I was frustrated by the performance of another development environment
 that I'd been using for developing JavaServer Pages(TM) technology and
 servlets for a Web application front end," said Calderon of e-centives.  "I
 downloaded the Forte for Java tool at no charge, and its features really
 helped speed up JSP(TM) technology and servlet development.  Even better, the
 product performs as well as other tools I've used that cost hundreds or even
 thousands of dollars."
     The Forte for Java product features a modular architecture based on the
 standards-based NetBeans open source platform (www.netbeans.org).  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 Forte for Java IDE is cross-platform compatible, enabling development on
 the Solaris(TM) Operating Environment, Linux and Windows platforms.
     Through the Forte for Java Extension Partners program, Sun has been
 working with third-party firms that are developing extension modules and
 products to enhance the Forte for Java platform.  This gives developers access
 to a high-productivity combination of open source and commercial add-on
 products for building Web applications and services.
 
     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(TM) 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., 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 .
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Forte, Java, JavaServer Pages,
 JSP, NetBeans, Solaris and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or
 registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in
 other countries.
 
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    PALO ALTO, Calif., May 17 /PRNewswire/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) today announced that its Forte(TM) for
 Java(TM) integrated development environment (IDE) has topped one million
 downloads from the Sun website.  This major milestone highlights the growing
 strength of the Forte for Java IDE as a product of choice for developers who
 are building Web applications and services and as a foundation for independent
 software vendors who are extending the environment with XML- and SOAP-based
 technology for deploying Web services.
     Sun's Forte development tools are key building blocks of the Sun(TM) Open
 Net Environment (Sun ONE) vision for delivering smart Web services.  The
 toolset is evolving to make it easier for developers to build Web services,
 assemble XML services, convert legacy applications to dynamic XML services,
 and create versatile user interface software for accessing these services from
 any range of devices.
     "The NetBeans(TM) and Forte for Java communities are hotbeds of
 innovation," said Patricia C. Sueltz, executive vice president, Software
 Systems Group, Sun Microsystems.  "Developers in the open source world,
 vendors who are extending the platform with their own add-on modules and our
 own committed Sun developers are working to advance the platform at a rate
 that no single vendor can match."
     Erick Calderon, a senior design engineer at e-centives, Inc., was
 acknowledged as the developer who performed the millionth download and was
 awarded a coveted Java leather bomber jacket.
     "I was frustrated by the performance of another development environment
 that I'd been using for developing JavaServer Pages(TM) technology and
 servlets for a Web application front end," said Calderon of e-centives.  "I
 downloaded the Forte for Java tool at no charge, and its features really
 helped speed up JSP(TM) technology and servlet development.  Even better, the
 product performs as well as other tools I've used that cost hundreds or even
 thousands of dollars."
     The Forte for Java product features a modular architecture based on the
 standards-based NetBeans open source platform (www.netbeans.org).  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 Forte for Java IDE is cross-platform compatible, enabling development on
 the Solaris(TM) Operating Environment, Linux and Windows platforms.
     Through the Forte for Java Extension Partners program, Sun has been
 working with third-party firms that are developing extension modules and
 products to enhance the Forte for Java platform.  This gives developers access
 to a high-productivity combination of open source and commercial add-on
 products for building Web applications and services.
 
     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(TM) 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., 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 .
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Forte, Java, JavaServer Pages,
 JSP, NetBeans, Solaris and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or
 registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in
 other countries.
 
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