By Richard V. Dragan  |  Posted 2004-08-02 Print this article Print

Sun Microsystems, Inc., www.sun.com
$99/year direct

Low-cost but powerful visual designer for building Java Web application front ends using brand-new JavaServer Faces (JSF) technology.
Cant build business logic with tool using Web services or EJBs, JSF still unproven versus Struts, ASP.NET Web Forms.
Bottom Line:
Sun Java Studio Creator 2004Q2 is a promising tool from a leading Java technology company, priced to move. It should let developers test the waters with JSF to build the next generation of Web applications on the J2EE platform.

Earlier this year, Sun Microsystems retooled its high-end Java compiler, Sun Java Studio Enterprise. Now, Suns released a low-cost companion tool called Sun Java Studio Creator 2004Q2 ($99 for an annual subscription), a visual tool for building Web application front ends. The new release doesnt claim to... click here for full review

Richard V. Dragan, a contributing editor of PC Magazine, has written over 250 articles and reviews for the magazine and other Ziff Davis publications since 1992. From 1994 to 1998 he authored a programming column for Computer Shopper. He has taught C++ and Windows programming at Columbia University since 1990, and Java since 1997.

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