Sun's Forte(TM) for Java(TM) IDE and NetBeans(TM) Developer Community Thrive Based On Third-Party Innovation

Eleven ISVs Ship Complementary Modules and Products That Provide Choice And

New Technology for Customizing Development Efforts



Jan 29, 2002, 00:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems,
 Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced that a large and growing number of vendors
 are shipping products or plug-in modules that extend the Forte(TM) for
 Java(TM) integrated development environment (IDE), a completely
 standards-based, modular tools product based on the NetBeans(TM) open source
 platform. By building new plug-ins for the Forte for Java IDE, third-party
 companies and developers are delivering a wide range of functionality for
 customers to easily build, assemble, and deploy enterprise applications and
 services on demand in Sun's(TM) Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) and across
 multiple hardware and software platforms.
     The third-party companies providing this enhanced functionality are
 members of the Forte for Java Extension Partner Program. The program exists to
 assist these independent software vendors (ISVs) to extend the Forte for Java
 IDE with unique capabilities. These companies are an extremely valuable asset
 to the Forte for Java IDE community, making it possible to provide broader
 development and application solutions by adding innovative technologies and
 practices to the core product.
     "We congratulate these innovative companies that early on recognized the
 merits of a modular architecture and open source platform for building
 intelligent tools in the era of services on demand," said Peter Young, vice
 president, Forte Tools, Sun Microsystems. "Open source developers and partner
 companies have helped Sun deliver an unprecedented rate of innovation through
 the Forte for Java IDE. This relationship is mutually beneficial and leads to
 better quality products for customers, and a more flexible and innovative Java
 platform for developers."
     The success of the Forte for Java Extension Partner Program and the
 NetBeans community underscores the ongoing momentum that developers are
 creating around Java language development throughout the industry, and stands
 in stark contrast to the closed, proprietary approach taken by other vendors.
 The NetBeans community, now in its eighteenth month of existence, continues to
 experience explosive growth as a vibrant catalyst for developer innovation.
 The NetBeans open source project has several thousand registered participants
 representing more than 1200 different organizations.
     "Sun's dual strategy, leveraging its commercial products as well as open
 source efforts, fosters an atmosphere of rapid innovation and collaboration,"
 said Cathy Lippert, director, Product Management, Compuware Corporation. "Our
 OptimalJ product, built on NetBeans, is a perfect example. The solution
 accelerates application delivery by simplifying Java technology development,
 enabling developers of varying experience levels to rapidly produce reliable
 J2EE(TM) business applications."
 
     Forte for Java, Enterprise Edition
     Forte for Java, release 3.0, Enterprise Edition (www.sun.com/forte)
 supports and dramatically simplifies application development that uses Java 2
 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE(TM)) technologies, such as Enterprise
 JavaBean(TM) (EJB(TM)) components. The IDE is a core component of Sun ONE, is
 built on NetBeans, supports deployment to leading J2EE application servers,
 and has been optimized specifically for Sun's iPlanet(TM) Application Server
 6.0 to enable developers to target their applications for maximum performance,
 scalability and availability.
 
     Third Party Providers Shipping Product
     Third party ISVs focus on adding unique features and capabilities to the
 Forte for Java IDE, contributing their expertise in areas such as wireless
 development, modeling, lifecycle management and other technologies.
     The following partners are currently shipping stand-alone products or
 plug-in modules that can be integrated with the Forte for Java IDE:
 
     Compuware (www.compuware.com) -- Compuware OptimalJ provides a simple and
 easy, yet powerful way to write distributed Java applications without
 involving developers in the details of the J2EE architecture. Less experienced
 Java language developers can quickly build or modify business applications,
 while advanced developers are freed from many repetitive coding tasks and can
 focus on architecture refinements and customization.
     Embarcadero Technologies (www.embarcadero.com) -- Embarcadero's Describe
 is a robust UML design tool that functions stand-alone or fully integrated
 within the Forte for Java IDE. It provides full-unified modeling language
 (UML) support, collaborative design capability, lifecycle integration's and
 automated EJB deployment to leading application servers. By combining UML and
 a set of powerful visual tools for manipulating code directly within the IDE
 environment, Describe dramatically simplifies application design and
 implementation.
     Headway (www.headwaysoft.com) -- Headway reView is a source code
 visualization and comprehension tool for Java technology. Headway reView
 parses class files and source code to reverse engineer a visual representation
 of the composition and dependencies of the application. The Headway reView
 diagrams are visual environments in which developers can gain a truer
 understanding of how their applications are or should be structured. Headway
 reView is the first visual tool to be able to show all dependencies, at all
 levels and between all levels:  method, class, package and application.
     Intrinsyc (www.intrinsyc.com) -- Intrinsyc's J-Integra Plug-In, an
 extension to the Forte for Java IDE, allows Java language developers to
 program with Microsoft COM-based systems directly from the Forte environment
 and menu system. Benefits of the J-Integra Plug-In include easy access to
 J-Integra tools, an elegant mapping of COM types and a customizable,
 extensible environment.
     Iopsis (www.iopsis.com) -- Iopsis iNsight is an integrated services
 development framework (ISDF) that allows the creation, assembly, deployment
 and publication of Web services. iNsight leverages the existing framework of
 an IDE and provides users a unique "service-centric" approach to the Web
 service creation lifecycle. iNsight also comes with a service consumption tool
 called iTell, which allows users to create a presentation layer and plug in
 remote Web services to user interfaces created in Macromedia's Dreamweaver.
     LogicFlow (www.logicflow.com) -- LogicFlow offers users of the Forte for
 Java IDE tools that assist in JBoss/J2EE development. The company's EJB
 Templates provide skeletons of required files including a deployment
 descriptor and "JAWS" mapping file. These free templates generate
 EJB 1.1-compliant code and can be used with any compliant container. JBoss EJB
 Templates save development and training time. The Ambit/J Bean Generator -
 Entity EJB 1.1 Wizard produces EJB 1.1-compliant code and, integrated with
 JBoss, produces the required "JAWS" file JBoss uses for CMP Beans and deploys
 directly to JBoss.
     Lutris (www.lutris.com) -- Lutris EAS 4 is a Java/XML application server
 featuring support for the J2EE APIs implemented as modular, pluggable
 components in a Java Services framework. Designed and developed for the needs
 of ISVs, VARs and system integrators, Lutris EAS simplifies the task of
 migrating legacy applications. All applications fully participate in the Java
 Management Extensions (JMX) management view with enterprise quality session
 level failover, and have complete access to built-in support for wireless and
 voice presentation technology.
     NetClue (www.netcluesoft.com) -- NetClue's Clue Web Browser Components
 (WBC) provide a clean solution for developers to harness HTML in Java
 technology applications. Clue WBC are completely written in the Java language
 and support the latest Web standards such as cascading style sheet (CSS) level
 1 and 2, document object model (DOM), JavaScript, XML, XHTML and namespaces.
 Clue WBC 4.1 can also import customized user interfaces, making Clue WBC an
 ideal front-end solution for Web applications. NetClue provides free companion
 software to use Clue WBC as a NetBeans module.
     Software AG (www.softwareag.com) -- Tamino for Forte for Java enables Java
 language developers to very easily implement XML-enabled enterprise solutions
 by specifying an XML schema around which a functional Java technology
 application is automatically created at the push of a button. This saves the
 developer time and effort in writing and debugging Java code and screen
 layouts. The resulting Java code is then easily enhanced with the Forte for
 Java IDE.
     Systinet (www.systinet.com) -- Systinet Web Applications and Services
 Platform (WASP) is an enterprise-ready Web services infrastructure. WASP
 provides everything developers need to create, publish, discover and use Web
 services. WASP Developer is a unique set of tools for the Forte for Java IDE
 and NetBeans as well as other development environments. WASP Server is a
 complete Web services platform for Java or C++, supporting SOAP 1.1, WSDL 1.1,
 remote references and advanced security. WASP UDDI is a V2 compliant registry
 that offers enhanced security and privacy features.
     Yospace (www.yospace.com) -- The SmartPhone Emulator module from Yospace
 provides developers using the Forte for Java IDE with a wireless application
 protocol (WAP) content viewer that emulates many of the world's leading WAP
 handsets. The seamless integration of this preview technology speeds the
 development cycle, making the Forte for Java IDE an ideal choice for wireless
 development.
     To learn more about the Forte for Java Extension Partner Program, please
 visit:  http://www.sun.com/forte/ffj/resources/partnerprograms/ .
 To learn more about the NetBeans open source platform, please visit:
 http://www.netbeans.org .
 
     About Sun ONE
     Sun ONE, the integration of Sun's award-winning portfolio of software
 products, is Sun's vision, architecture, platform and expertise that enables
 the development and delivery of services on demand. Through its open,
 integratable architecture, Sun ONE extends current enterprise systems to help
 reduce costs and complexity while improving organizations' return on assets.
 Sun ONE represents a significant initiative in Sun's evolution to providing an
 open end-to-end architecture building on the company's offerings across
 systems and development environments. Further information is available at
 www.sun.com/sunone .
 
     About Sun Developer Connection
     Building on Sun's vision to enable services on demand with the latest open
 technologies, the Sun Developer Connection(SM) (SDC) offers individual
 developers and software development partners a single, worldwide entry point
 to build a technical and business relationship with Sun. As one of the largest
 developer communities in the world, the SDC is the connection to Sun for
 comprehensive resources to build and market solutions leveraging Sun's open
 technologies, products, business development and community forums. All
 programs, registration and eligibility information can be found at
 http://www.sun.com/sdc .
 
     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. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web
 at http://www.sun.com .
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, EJB, iPlanet, Enterprise
 JavaBean, Forte, Java, J2EE, NetBeans, Sun Developer Connection and The
 Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries.
 
     CONTACT:  Jim Grisanzio of Sun Microsystems, Inc., +1-408-517-7091, or
 jim.grisanzio@sun.com; or Randy Wambold of Chen PR, +1-781-466-8282, ext. 19,
 or rwambold@chenpr.com, for Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
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    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems,
 Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced that a large and growing number of vendors
 are shipping products or plug-in modules that extend the Forte(TM) for
 Java(TM) integrated development environment (IDE), a completely
 standards-based, modular tools product based on the NetBeans(TM) open source
 platform. By building new plug-ins for the Forte for Java IDE, third-party
 companies and developers are delivering a wide range of functionality for
 customers to easily build, assemble, and deploy enterprise applications and
 services on demand in Sun's(TM) Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) and across
 multiple hardware and software platforms.
     The third-party companies providing this enhanced functionality are
 members of the Forte for Java Extension Partner Program. The program exists to
 assist these independent software vendors (ISVs) to extend the Forte for Java
 IDE with unique capabilities. These companies are an extremely valuable asset
 to the Forte for Java IDE community, making it possible to provide broader
 development and application solutions by adding innovative technologies and
 practices to the core product.
     "We congratulate these innovative companies that early on recognized the
 merits of a modular architecture and open source platform for building
 intelligent tools in the era of services on demand," said Peter Young, vice
 president, Forte Tools, Sun Microsystems. "Open source developers and partner
 companies have helped Sun deliver an unprecedented rate of innovation through
 the Forte for Java IDE. This relationship is mutually beneficial and leads to
 better quality products for customers, and a more flexible and innovative Java
 platform for developers."
     The success of the Forte for Java Extension Partner Program and the
 NetBeans community underscores the ongoing momentum that developers are
 creating around Java language development throughout the industry, and stands
 in stark contrast to the closed, proprietary approach taken by other vendors.
 The NetBeans community, now in its eighteenth month of existence, continues to
 experience explosive growth as a vibrant catalyst for developer innovation.
 The NetBeans open source project has several thousand registered participants
 representing more than 1200 different organizations.
     "Sun's dual strategy, leveraging its commercial products as well as open
 source efforts, fosters an atmosphere of rapid innovation and collaboration,"
 said Cathy Lippert, director, Product Management, Compuware Corporation. "Our
 OptimalJ product, built on NetBeans, is a perfect example. The solution
 accelerates application delivery by simplifying Java technology development,
 enabling developers of varying experience levels to rapidly produce reliable
 J2EE(TM) business applications."
 
     Forte for Java, Enterprise Edition
     Forte for Java, release 3.0, Enterprise Edition (www.sun.com/forte)
 supports and dramatically simplifies application development that uses Java 2
 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE(TM)) technologies, such as Enterprise
 JavaBean(TM) (EJB(TM)) components. The IDE is a core component of Sun ONE, is
 built on NetBeans, supports deployment to leading J2EE application servers,
 and has been optimized specifically for Sun's iPlanet(TM) Application Server
 6.0 to enable developers to target their applications for maximum performance,
 scalability and availability.
 
     Third Party Providers Shipping Product
     Third party ISVs focus on adding unique features and capabilities to the
 Forte for Java IDE, contributing their expertise in areas such as wireless
 development, modeling, lifecycle management and other technologies.
     The following partners are currently shipping stand-alone products or
 plug-in modules that can be integrated with the Forte for Java IDE:
 
     Compuware (www.compuware.com) -- Compuware OptimalJ provides a simple and
 easy, yet powerful way to write distributed Java applications without
 involving developers in the details of the J2EE architecture. Less experienced
 Java language developers can quickly build or modify business applications,
 while advanced developers are freed from many repetitive coding tasks and can
 focus on architecture refinements and customization.
     Embarcadero Technologies (www.embarcadero.com) -- Embarcadero's Describe
 is a robust UML design tool that functions stand-alone or fully integrated
 within the Forte for Java IDE. It provides full-unified modeling language
 (UML) support, collaborative design capability, lifecycle integration's and
 automated EJB deployment to leading application servers. By combining UML and
 a set of powerful visual tools for manipulating code directly within the IDE
 environment, Describe dramatically simplifies application design and
 implementation.
     Headway (www.headwaysoft.com) -- Headway reView is a source code
 visualization and comprehension tool for Java technology. Headway reView
 parses class files and source code to reverse engineer a visual representation
 of the composition and dependencies of the application. The Headway reView
 diagrams are visual environments in which developers can gain a truer
 understanding of how their applications are or should be structured. Headway
 reView is the first visual tool to be able to show all dependencies, at all
 levels and between all levels:  method, class, package and application.
     Intrinsyc (www.intrinsyc.com) -- Intrinsyc's J-Integra Plug-In, an
 extension to the Forte for Java IDE, allows Java language developers to
 program with Microsoft COM-based systems directly from the Forte environment
 and menu system. Benefits of the J-Integra Plug-In include easy access to
 J-Integra tools, an elegant mapping of COM types and a customizable,
 extensible environment.
     Iopsis (www.iopsis.com) -- Iopsis iNsight is an integrated services
 development framework (ISDF) that allows the creation, assembly, deployment
 and publication of Web services. iNsight leverages the existing framework of
 an IDE and provides users a unique "service-centric" approach to the Web
 service creation lifecycle. iNsight also comes with a service consumption tool
 called iTell, which allows users to create a presentation layer and plug in
 remote Web services to user interfaces created in Macromedia's Dreamweaver.
     LogicFlow (www.logicflow.com) -- LogicFlow offers users of the Forte for
 Java IDE tools that assist in JBoss/J2EE development. The company's EJB
 Templates provide skeletons of required files including a deployment
 descriptor and "JAWS" mapping file. These free templates generate
 EJB 1.1-compliant code and can be used with any compliant container. JBoss EJB
 Templates save development and training time. The Ambit/J Bean Generator -
 Entity EJB 1.1 Wizard produces EJB 1.1-compliant code and, integrated with
 JBoss, produces the required "JAWS" file JBoss uses for CMP Beans and deploys
 directly to JBoss.
     Lutris (www.lutris.com) -- Lutris EAS 4 is a Java/XML application server
 featuring support for the J2EE APIs implemented as modular, pluggable
 components in a Java Services framework. Designed and developed for the needs
 of ISVs, VARs and system integrators, Lutris EAS simplifies the task of
 migrating legacy applications. All applications fully participate in the Java
 Management Extensions (JMX) management view with enterprise quality session
 level failover, and have complete access to built-in support for wireless and
 voice presentation technology.
     NetClue (www.netcluesoft.com) -- NetClue's Clue Web Browser Components
 (WBC) provide a clean solution for developers to harness HTML in Java
 technology applications. Clue WBC are completely written in the Java language
 and support the latest Web standards such as cascading style sheet (CSS) level
 1 and 2, document object model (DOM), JavaScript, XML, XHTML and namespaces.
 Clue WBC 4.1 can also import customized user interfaces, making Clue WBC an
 ideal front-end solution for Web applications. NetClue provides free companion
 software to use Clue WBC as a NetBeans module.
     Software AG (www.softwareag.com) -- Tamino for Forte for Java enables Java
 language developers to very easily implement XML-enabled enterprise solutions
 by specifying an XML schema around which a functional Java technology
 application is automatically created at the push of a button. This saves the
 developer time and effort in writing and debugging Java code and screen
 layouts. The resulting Java code is then easily enhanced with the Forte for
 Java IDE.
     Systinet (www.systinet.com) -- Systinet Web Applications and Services
 Platform (WASP) is an enterprise-ready Web services infrastructure. WASP
 provides everything developers need to create, publish, discover and use Web
 services. WASP Developer is a unique set of tools for the Forte for Java IDE
 and NetBeans as well as other development environments. WASP Server is a
 complete Web services platform for Java or C++, supporting SOAP 1.1, WSDL 1.1,
 remote references and advanced security. WASP UDDI is a V2 compliant registry
 that offers enhanced security and privacy features.
     Yospace (www.yospace.com) -- The SmartPhone Emulator module from Yospace
 provides developers using the Forte for Java IDE with a wireless application
 protocol (WAP) content viewer that emulates many of the world's leading WAP
 handsets. The seamless integration of this preview technology speeds the
 development cycle, making the Forte for Java IDE an ideal choice for wireless
 development.
     To learn more about the Forte for Java Extension Partner Program, please
 visit:  http://www.sun.com/forte/ffj/resources/partnerprograms/ .
 To learn more about the NetBeans open source platform, please visit:
 http://www.netbeans.org .
 
     About Sun ONE
     Sun ONE, the integration of Sun's award-winning portfolio of software
 products, is Sun's vision, architecture, platform and expertise that enables
 the development and delivery of services on demand. Through its open,
 integratable architecture, Sun ONE extends current enterprise systems to help
 reduce costs and complexity while improving organizations' return on assets.
 Sun ONE represents a significant initiative in Sun's evolution to providing an
 open end-to-end architecture building on the company's offerings across
 systems and development environments. Further information is available at
 www.sun.com/sunone .
 
     About Sun Developer Connection
     Building on Sun's vision to enable services on demand with the latest open
 technologies, the Sun Developer Connection(SM) (SDC) offers individual
 developers and software development partners a single, worldwide entry point
 to build a technical and business relationship with Sun. As one of the largest
 developer communities in the world, the SDC is the connection to Sun for
 comprehensive resources to build and market solutions leveraging Sun's open
 technologies, products, business development and community forums. All
 programs, registration and eligibility information can be found at
 http://www.sun.com/sdc .
 
     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. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web
 at http://www.sun.com .
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, EJB, iPlanet, Enterprise
 JavaBean, Forte, Java, J2EE, NetBeans, Sun Developer Connection and The
 Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries.
 
     CONTACT:  Jim Grisanzio of Sun Microsystems, Inc., +1-408-517-7091, or
 jim.grisanzio@sun.com; or Randy Wambold of Chen PR, +1-781-466-8282, ext. 19,
 or rwambold@chenpr.com, for Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
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