Sun Ships Forte for Java, Release 3.0 to Simplify Development of Enterprise Applications for Sun ONE

Forte(TM) for Java(TM) Optimized for iPlanet(TM) Application Server 6.0; Sun

Contributes Seven Key Modules to NetBeans(TM) Open Source Community



Sep 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced the immediate
 availability of release 3.0 of the Forte(TM) for Java(TM) integrated
 development environment (IDE). The product dramatically simplifies application
 development that uses Java(TM) 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE(TM))
 technologies, such as Enterprise JavaBeans(TM) components. The IDE supports
 deployment to leading J2EE application servers, has been optimized for the
 iPlanet(TM) Application Server 6.0, and is a core component of the Sun(TM)
 Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) -- an open architecture and integratable
 product portfolio to create, assemble and deploy Web services.
     Sun today also contributed seven modules to netbeans.org, further
 enhancing the position of NetBeans(TM) as the leading open source tools
 platform. The Forte for Java IDE is built on the NetBeans platform.
     "Sun now provides a powerful, open standards-based, and completely modular
 application development environment for developers to rapidly build and deploy
 J2EE applications and Web services without being locked in to any vendor, any
 application server, or any operating environment," said Peter Young, vice
 president, Forte Tools, Sun Microsystems. "In just over a year, Forte for Java
 has matured into an enterprise product, attracting more than 75 partners
 building modules that extend the platform. This is a new tools ecosystem,
 focusing on innovation and cooperation, not the proprietary model of the
 past."
 
     Forte for Java, Enterprise Edition
     Forte for Java, release 3.0, Enterprise Edition supports the building and
 deployment of J2EE applications on leading application servers. In addition,
 the integration between the Forte for Java IDE and the iPlanet Application
 Server has been enhanced to support the development of enterprise Java
 applications as well as Web services. The IDE allows developers to target the
 iPlanet Application Server and optimize their applications for performance,
 scalability and high availability. A new Web services module provides
 automatic binding of Java technology and XML through intuitive wizards,
 generates Java code that supports run-time access and execution of services,
 and supports Web-based publishing to a services registry.
     The product also supports the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME(TM)),
 making it easier to build applications and services that can be accessed via
 the Web, mobile devices, or personal digital assistants. Through the Forte for
 Java Extension Partner Program, companies are developing innovative modules
 that extend the Forte for Java environment to provide support for SOAP, UDDI,
 WSDL, and UML modeling.
     "Forte for Java, release 3.0 is definitely a major step forward in hiding
 the complexity of distributed computing," said Fabrizio Genesio, system
 architect and senior consultant at Datasign AG. "It allows development teams
 to concentrate more on the business problem they have to solve rather than on
 learning the technology. Forte for Java, release 3.0 is a real benefit because
 it simplifies the creation of Enterprise JavaBeans, so that developers can use
 their time producing software instead of worrying about the underlying
 infrastructure."
 
     New Modules Contributed to Open Source
     Sun today also contributed code from seven modules to the open source
 project, netbeans.org. The NetBeans platform is an extensible, cross-platform,
 cross-language IDE that forms the basis for Sun's Forte for Java IDE. The open
 source modules include:
 
     -- External Editor -- Enables developers to seamlessly integrate the
 popular XEmacs and vi editors into the NetBeans IDE. The External Editor
 module also offers a generic API that allows other editors to be integrated
 into the IDE, giving developers the option of using an editor they are already
 comfortable with.
 
     -- C/C++/Fortran support -- Allows developers to compile and execute
 Fortran, C and C++ code, including syntax highlighting and makefile support.
 The module makes it easier for users of Forte Developer
 (www.sun.com/forte/developer), the leading C/C++/Fortran language development
 environment for the Solaris(TM) Operating Environment (OE).
 
     -- XML Support -- Provides support for XML, including syntax highlighting,
 code completion, validation, DTD generation and logical editing of XML
 documents.
 
     -- Database Explorer -- Brings functionality previously found almost
 exclusively in mid-tier commercial IDEs into the free, open source NetBeans
 IDE. This module allows developers to browse and manipulate live databases and
 generate JDBC code to rapidly write database aware client- and server-side
 code.
 
     -- CORBA Support -- Enables rapid development and testing of applications
 that use the Common Object Request Broker (CORBA) architecture. It includes
 support for editing and syntax highlighting of IDL files, CORBA service
 browsing, and other features to enhance developer productivity.
 
     -- File Copy -- Supports deployment of applications and files via Internet
 File Transfer Protocol and highlights the usefulness of the NetBeans platform
 as a teaching tool. The module was developed as a student project at Czech
 Technical University in cooperation with Sun.
 
     -- Terminal Emulation -- Adds terminal support, enabling enhanced
 interaction with external processes such as compilation and build operations.
 
     With the 3.0 release, the Forte for Java IDE is now available in an
 Enterprise Edition and Community Edition. Most of the modules and features
 from Forte for Java, Internet Edition are now in Forte for Java, Community
 Edition. Sun also plans to submit Forte for Java, release 3.0 for J2EE
 certification and will issue a service pack for current customers in November
 that would make the product fully J2EE compliant. J2EE certification would
 make Forte for Java, release 3.0 one of the first leading Java IDEs to be
 recognized with the "J2EE Compatible" brand -- which ensures portability of
 the Java platform across multiple tools and runtime environments.
 
     Availability and Platform Support
     Forte for Java, release 3.0 is available now via download at
 www.sun.com/forte. Community Edition is available at no charge; Enterprise
 Edition is priced at U.S. $1,995. Sun has provided a competitive upgrade
 program for Forte for Java, Internet Edition customers to purchase Enterprise
 Edition. The Forte for Java IDE is cross-platform compatible, enabling
 development on Solaris OE, Linux, and Windows platforms.
 
     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 take their businesses to
 the nth. With $18.3 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, Enterprise JavaBeans, EJB,
 J2ME, Forte, iPlanet, Java, J2EE, NetBeans, Solaris, The Network Is The
 Computer and all Java-based marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
 
      FOR MORE INFORMATION:
 
      Sun Microsystems, Inc.
      Jim Grisanzio
      +1-408-517-7091
      jim.grisanzio@sun.com
 
      CHEN PR for Sun Microsystems, Inc.
      Randy Wambold
      +1-781-466-8282
      rwambold@chenpr.com
 
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SOURCE Sun Microsystems
    PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced the immediate
 availability of release 3.0 of the Forte(TM) for Java(TM) integrated
 development environment (IDE). The product dramatically simplifies application
 development that uses Java(TM) 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE(TM))
 technologies, such as Enterprise JavaBeans(TM) components. The IDE supports
 deployment to leading J2EE application servers, has been optimized for the
 iPlanet(TM) Application Server 6.0, and is a core component of the Sun(TM)
 Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) -- an open architecture and integratable
 product portfolio to create, assemble and deploy Web services.
     Sun today also contributed seven modules to netbeans.org, further
 enhancing the position of NetBeans(TM) as the leading open source tools
 platform. The Forte for Java IDE is built on the NetBeans platform.
     "Sun now provides a powerful, open standards-based, and completely modular
 application development environment for developers to rapidly build and deploy
 J2EE applications and Web services without being locked in to any vendor, any
 application server, or any operating environment," said Peter Young, vice
 president, Forte Tools, Sun Microsystems. "In just over a year, Forte for Java
 has matured into an enterprise product, attracting more than 75 partners
 building modules that extend the platform. This is a new tools ecosystem,
 focusing on innovation and cooperation, not the proprietary model of the
 past."
 
     Forte for Java, Enterprise Edition
     Forte for Java, release 3.0, Enterprise Edition supports the building and
 deployment of J2EE applications on leading application servers. In addition,
 the integration between the Forte for Java IDE and the iPlanet Application
 Server has been enhanced to support the development of enterprise Java
 applications as well as Web services. The IDE allows developers to target the
 iPlanet Application Server and optimize their applications for performance,
 scalability and high availability. A new Web services module provides
 automatic binding of Java technology and XML through intuitive wizards,
 generates Java code that supports run-time access and execution of services,
 and supports Web-based publishing to a services registry.
     The product also supports the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME(TM)),
 making it easier to build applications and services that can be accessed via
 the Web, mobile devices, or personal digital assistants. Through the Forte for
 Java Extension Partner Program, companies are developing innovative modules
 that extend the Forte for Java environment to provide support for SOAP, UDDI,
 WSDL, and UML modeling.
     "Forte for Java, release 3.0 is definitely a major step forward in hiding
 the complexity of distributed computing," said Fabrizio Genesio, system
 architect and senior consultant at Datasign AG. "It allows development teams
 to concentrate more on the business problem they have to solve rather than on
 learning the technology. Forte for Java, release 3.0 is a real benefit because
 it simplifies the creation of Enterprise JavaBeans, so that developers can use
 their time producing software instead of worrying about the underlying
 infrastructure."
 
     New Modules Contributed to Open Source
     Sun today also contributed code from seven modules to the open source
 project, netbeans.org. The NetBeans platform is an extensible, cross-platform,
 cross-language IDE that forms the basis for Sun's Forte for Java IDE. The open
 source modules include:
 
     -- External Editor -- Enables developers to seamlessly integrate the
 popular XEmacs and vi editors into the NetBeans IDE. The External Editor
 module also offers a generic API that allows other editors to be integrated
 into the IDE, giving developers the option of using an editor they are already
 comfortable with.
 
     -- C/C++/Fortran support -- Allows developers to compile and execute
 Fortran, C and C++ code, including syntax highlighting and makefile support.
 The module makes it easier for users of Forte Developer
 (www.sun.com/forte/developer), the leading C/C++/Fortran language development
 environment for the Solaris(TM) Operating Environment (OE).
 
     -- XML Support -- Provides support for XML, including syntax highlighting,
 code completion, validation, DTD generation and logical editing of XML
 documents.
 
     -- Database Explorer -- Brings functionality previously found almost
 exclusively in mid-tier commercial IDEs into the free, open source NetBeans
 IDE. This module allows developers to browse and manipulate live databases and
 generate JDBC code to rapidly write database aware client- and server-side
 code.
 
     -- CORBA Support -- Enables rapid development and testing of applications
 that use the Common Object Request Broker (CORBA) architecture. It includes
 support for editing and syntax highlighting of IDL files, CORBA service
 browsing, and other features to enhance developer productivity.
 
     -- File Copy -- Supports deployment of applications and files via Internet
 File Transfer Protocol and highlights the usefulness of the NetBeans platform
 as a teaching tool. The module was developed as a student project at Czech
 Technical University in cooperation with Sun.
 
     -- Terminal Emulation -- Adds terminal support, enabling enhanced
 interaction with external processes such as compilation and build operations.
 
     With the 3.0 release, the Forte for Java IDE is now available in an
 Enterprise Edition and Community Edition. Most of the modules and features
 from Forte for Java, Internet Edition are now in Forte for Java, Community
 Edition. Sun also plans to submit Forte for Java, release 3.0 for J2EE
 certification and will issue a service pack for current customers in November
 that would make the product fully J2EE compliant. J2EE certification would
 make Forte for Java, release 3.0 one of the first leading Java IDEs to be
 recognized with the "J2EE Compatible" brand -- which ensures portability of
 the Java platform across multiple tools and runtime environments.
 
     Availability and Platform Support
     Forte for Java, release 3.0 is available now via download at
 www.sun.com/forte. Community Edition is available at no charge; Enterprise
 Edition is priced at U.S. $1,995. Sun has provided a competitive upgrade
 program for Forte for Java, Internet Edition customers to purchase Enterprise
 Edition. The Forte for Java IDE is cross-platform compatible, enabling
 development on Solaris OE, Linux, and Windows platforms.
 
     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 take their businesses to
 the nth. With $18.3 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, Enterprise JavaBeans, EJB,
 J2ME, Forte, iPlanet, Java, J2EE, NetBeans, Solaris, The Network Is The
 Computer and all Java-based marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
 
      FOR MORE INFORMATION:
 
      Sun Microsystems, Inc.
      Jim Grisanzio
      +1-408-517-7091
      jim.grisanzio@sun.com
 
      CHEN PR for Sun Microsystems, Inc.
      Randy Wambold
      +1-781-466-8282
      rwambold@chenpr.com
 
                      MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here
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