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Java Technology to Reach 10 Million Developers
Java Technology to Reach 10 Million Developers

(June 12, 2003) - In an effort to increase Java technology's reach from three million developers today to nearly 10 million, Sun unveiled the following: programs and products at JavaOne 2003:

  • Project Rave - The code name for a new tool for corporate Java technology development with early access expected in Fall of this year.
  • J2SE version 1.5 and J2EE 1.5 - The next-generation Java platform
  • Scripting Java Specification Request (JSR) - a bridge between scripting languages such as PHP and Java.
  • Project Relator - The code name for a new content development tool for J2ME developers that is expected to be available mid-2004.
  • J2EE version 1.4 -- The new SDK, available immediately as a Beta 2 release, will now be available for deployment.
  • Sun ONE Studio 5, Standard Edition and NetBeans 3.5 - The newest releases of commercial and open source IDE for enterprise Java technology developers.
  • Jini Starter Kit 2.0 - The new starter kit for Jini technology delivers dynamic networking with security.
  • Sun Developer Network - The new Java technology developer portal and program offerings.

    Project Rave

    With plans to introduce early access of Project Rave later this year, Sun is building on its existing position of strength in the enterprise market to simplify Java technology development for a mainstream corporate audience. Project Rave is designed to minimize application complexity, and speed time to develop and deploy applications. It delivers fully compatible standard Java technology applications and bridges all scales of application development by creating code that can be enhanced by a variety of enterprise Java tools.

    Project Rave includes key elements developers and IT departments need to develop and deploy multi-tier distributed applications: drag and drop layout of user interfaces and component infrastructures, providing consistent look and feel of applications; simplified event-based coding model based on JavaServer Faces; simplified access to databases, thanks to JDBC Rowsets technology; simplified access to Web services via the Java-to-XML technologies; and reduced code complexity and simplified application deployment as a result of new metadata features in the J2SE 1.5 platform. For more details on Project Rave go to www.sun.com/software/projectrave. Software Enhancements

    Enhancements planned for the next-generation J2SE software version 1.5 include support for metadata, generics, and enumerated types, as well as additional XML standards, third-party scripting languages, and new monitoring features to help manage Java technology-enabled resources. Enhancements planned for J2EE software version 1.5 include new specifications for JAX-RPC (2.0), EJB (3.0), JDBC (4.0), JAXB (2.0) and JavaServer Faces technology, a new technology being developed with Sun partners via the Java Community Process.

    Scripting JSR with PHP Support

    The next-generation Java platform will also implement a new scripting JSR for third-party scripting languages, including PHP - the leading Web development environment on Linux, which is being used in over nine million Web sites worldwide. JSR 223 will create a standard method for accessing Java technology-based systems from within Web applications not based on Java technology. It will describe how to write portable Java classes that can be invoked from a page written in a scripting language, including details on security, resources and class loader contexts. JSR 223 will pave the way for standards-based middleware products that provide scalable integration between Web applications with a Web scripting front end and Java technology business logicDetails of the JSR are available online at www.jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=223.

    Mobile Development: Project Relator

    Project Relator is the code name for a collaboration tool for GUI designers and J2ME technology programmers, allowing quick development of J2ME technology-based content with media-rich user interfaces. It allows a J2ME technology content developer to take GUI designs from a standard graphical design tool, create a user interface flow, and attach Java code for business logic. A first release of Project Relator targeting J2ME content such as simple animation-based games, advertising and others is expected to be available in mid-2004. New J2EE 1.4 SDK

    With more than 3.5 million downloads to date and based on the JCP developed standard, Sun's current J2EE SDK is the most popular software download among Java technology enterprise developers. The SDK includes a J2EE 1.4-compatible application server featuring significant Web services support, blueprints and a tutorial to provide a foundation for an enterprise developer to build applications that leverage J2EE 1.4.

    J2EE 1.4 now provides five Web services Application Programming Interface (APIs) and is expected to be the first enterprise platform to support the WS-I Basic Profile specification. Sun also disclosed plans to allow deployment of enterprise applications on the J2EE 1.4 SDK, for the first time ever. A preview of the J2EE SDK version 1.4 is now available as a Beta 2 release. For more information and to download the J2EE SDK v. 1.4 Beta 2, visit http://java.sun.com/j2ee ">http://java.sun.com/j2ee.

    New Commercial and Open Source Tools

    Sun ONE Studio 5, Standard Edition features tighter integration with the Sun ONE Application Server 7, which is now installed as the default runtime environment, as well as performance and productivity enhancements including the ability to manage enterprise-scaled Java technology applications.

    Additionally, the product includes Web services development support via the Java Web Services Developer Pack 1.0, which provides enhanced Java-to-XML Remote Procedure Call (JAX-RPC) Web services API support for security, attachments and handlers. Sun has contributed much of the base IDE back to NetBeans, an open source IDE that includes support for J2SE, JSP technology, servlets and a core set of APIs and software for Web application development. The contributed IDE will be available as part of the new NetBeans 3.5 release, which provides support for development on JDK 1.4.0, 1.4.1, and 1.4.2 and features a number of new modules for debugging, tag libraries and monitoring HTTP requests. For more information about Sun ONE Studio 5 go to www.sun.com/software/sundev/jde.

    Jini Starter Kit 2.0

    The new Jini Starter Kit 2.0 release introduces a comprehensive security architecture. It provides network security for remote calls, including mutual authentication, authorization, integrity and confidentiality; a mobile-code security model which assures that Java code downloaded across a network can be trusted; a flexible security model that accommodates variable requirements, such as non-uniform security needs (may vary by client, server, method), non-uniform security implementations (varying protocols, algorithms and mechanisms), non-uniform trust relationships (vary by client, server), and non-uniform access control schemes (ACLs, groups, roles, capabilities, etc.). The Jini Starter Kit 2.0 is available at no charge. For more information, visit wwws.sun.com/software/jini.

    Sun Developer Network Portal

    Developers can visit the new developer portal to gain immediate access to community knowledge, best practices, expertise, learning and other career-building opportunities, or community and collaboration areas. New and enhanced services offered to developers include a new content syndication program, a new mobility program, new user groups around the world, the java.net collaboration area, as well as JavaOne Online.

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