Sun's Forte(TM) for Java(TM) IDE Wins 2002 Crossroads A-List Award

Citing Comprehensive Functionality, Third-Party Offerings, Automatic Update

Feature, Open Systems Advisors Honors Sun's Product in Java IDE Category



Jan 08, 2002, 00:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced that its Forte(TM) for
 Java(TM) product has been awarded a 2002 Crossroads A-List Award by
 Open Systems Advisors, Inc. (OSA) in the Java Integrated Development
 Environment (IDE) category. The Forte for Java IDE was chosen for an A-List
 Award based on interviews with customers using the product.
     The recognition demonstrates that Forte for Java, which is a core
 component of the Sun(TM) Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) and is based on open
 source code, has matured significantly and customers are using the IDE to
 develop innovative new enterprise applications and services on demand.
     "Our customer interviews showed clearly that the Forte for Java IDE is
 addressing the needs of enterprise developers who are starting to build Web
 services," said Nina Lytton, president, Crossroads-OSA. "The customers we
 spoke with found they can be extremely productive using the Forte for Java
 IDE. They praised the product's smooth learning curve, intuitive interface and
 graceful integration of third-party products."
     The Crossroads A-List Awards outline the business benefits, summarize the
 technology differentiators, validate solutions with customer experiences and
 provide a basis for informed dialogue between business and technology
 partners.
     During these interviews, customers articulated their positive experiences
 with the Forte for Java IDE, particularly emphasizing the elegant way in which
 the product works with a variety of third-party products, and the AutoUpdate
 feature, which gives developers timely access to new features. Customers also
 cited the productivity-enhancing wizards that enable developers to generate
 XML services from new or existing Java technology components and enable HTML
 developers to build Web services with no knowledge of the Java language or
 XML.
     Customers interviewed for the award also praised the Forte for Java IDE's
 gradual learning curve. They pointed to the product's "ergonomic" interface,
 which logically arranges features according to need for use, and intuitive new
 wizards to guide users step-by-step through commonly occurring processes.
 Finally, customers emphasized the IDE's flexibility, noting its support for a
 range of operating systems (Linux, Windows and the Solaris(TM) Operating
 Environment), the leading source code configuration management systems,
 projects of varied complexity, and developer skill levels ranging from
 beginner to advanced.
     "We are honored to accept the 2002 Crossroads A-List Award for Java IDE,"
 said Peter Young, vice president, Forte Tools, Sun Microsystems. "We believe
 this award is further validation of our conviction that a dynamic open source
 community propels a product toward excellence faster than possible with a
 closed, proprietary approach. Sun's longstanding commitment to base the Forte
 for Java IDE on the NetBeans(TM) open source platform is paying off for
 customers."
     For additional information, contact Open Systems Advisors, Inc.,
 268 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116, 617-859-0859; www.crossroads-osa.com.
 
     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, Forte, Java, 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.
     (R)Crossroads is a registered trademark, and (TM)Crossroads A-List,
 (TM)Crossroads Decisions and (TM)Bizno-tech are trademarks of Open Systems
 Advisors, Inc.; any other trademarks are the property of their respective
 owners.
 
     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. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced that its Forte(TM) for
 Java(TM) product has been awarded a 2002 Crossroads A-List Award by
 Open Systems Advisors, Inc. (OSA) in the Java Integrated Development
 Environment (IDE) category. The Forte for Java IDE was chosen for an A-List
 Award based on interviews with customers using the product.
     The recognition demonstrates that Forte for Java, which is a core
 component of the Sun(TM) Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) and is based on open
 source code, has matured significantly and customers are using the IDE to
 develop innovative new enterprise applications and services on demand.
     "Our customer interviews showed clearly that the Forte for Java IDE is
 addressing the needs of enterprise developers who are starting to build Web
 services," said Nina Lytton, president, Crossroads-OSA. "The customers we
 spoke with found they can be extremely productive using the Forte for Java
 IDE. They praised the product's smooth learning curve, intuitive interface and
 graceful integration of third-party products."
     The Crossroads A-List Awards outline the business benefits, summarize the
 technology differentiators, validate solutions with customer experiences and
 provide a basis for informed dialogue between business and technology
 partners.
     During these interviews, customers articulated their positive experiences
 with the Forte for Java IDE, particularly emphasizing the elegant way in which
 the product works with a variety of third-party products, and the AutoUpdate
 feature, which gives developers timely access to new features. Customers also
 cited the productivity-enhancing wizards that enable developers to generate
 XML services from new or existing Java technology components and enable HTML
 developers to build Web services with no knowledge of the Java language or
 XML.
     Customers interviewed for the award also praised the Forte for Java IDE's
 gradual learning curve. They pointed to the product's "ergonomic" interface,
 which logically arranges features according to need for use, and intuitive new
 wizards to guide users step-by-step through commonly occurring processes.
 Finally, customers emphasized the IDE's flexibility, noting its support for a
 range of operating systems (Linux, Windows and the Solaris(TM) Operating
 Environment), the leading source code configuration management systems,
 projects of varied complexity, and developer skill levels ranging from
 beginner to advanced.
     "We are honored to accept the 2002 Crossroads A-List Award for Java IDE,"
 said Peter Young, vice president, Forte Tools, Sun Microsystems. "We believe
 this award is further validation of our conviction that a dynamic open source
 community propels a product toward excellence faster than possible with a
 closed, proprietary approach. Sun's longstanding commitment to base the Forte
 for Java IDE on the NetBeans(TM) open source platform is paying off for
 customers."
     For additional information, contact Open Systems Advisors, Inc.,
 268 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116, 617-859-0859; www.crossroads-osa.com.
 
     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, Forte, Java, 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.
     (R)Crossroads is a registered trademark, and (TM)Crossroads A-List,
 (TM)Crossroads Decisions and (TM)Bizno-tech are trademarks of Open Systems
 Advisors, Inc.; any other trademarks are the property of their respective
 owners.
 
     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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