Turning to the new Java Studio Creator product, Schwartz said it is targeted at less sophisticated developers who want to build principally Web-based service applications. "It builds on top of the momentum weve had around NetBeans. "Until now the competition on the Java side in the marketplace has been between Eclipse and NetBeans, with Eclipse having an early lead but NetBeans now starting to pull into its own. Now, as we add Project Rave on top of that, we will finally be back in a position of controlling our destiny on the tools side," Schwartz said.Also on Wednesday, Sun will announce new performance numbers for its Solaris operating environment. Sun engineers have been working on the performance of one- and-two CPU systems for Solaris, Schwartz said, and basic networking has been improved anywhere from 25 percent to 50 percent. "One of the biggest knocks against Solaris, against low-end Linux especially, has been performance. So we will be talking about some of the new features coming in the next release of Solaris in terms of both raw performance on basic networking as well as the introduction of black box diagnosability and traceability, so users can probe a running application and understand everything about it," he said. Sun will also be taking aim at Hewlett-Packard Co. and its installed base, particularly given its focus on systems using Intel Itanium processors. Sun believes that, given the complexity of moving from a Xeon to an Itanium system, its Opteron-based systems will pick up the momentum. "We intend to warn HPs installed customer base that they are on a very risky trajectory and that we would like to give them a safe harbor and upgrade path," Schwartz said. Discuss This in the eWEEK Forum Read what Suns Schwartz has to say about Longhorn.
Sun also sees a strong link between tools and the desktop as many developers write code on their laptops and not on their handsets, servers or smartcards, he said.