Sun Offers New Java Tool Set for Free

The new development platform, Java Studio Enterprise 8, will be free to all developers registered with Sun's network.

Sun Microsystems Inc. announced its Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8 tool set at JavaOne Tokyo Wednesday.

Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8 integrates the latest versions of the Sun Java System Suites and Sun Java Enterprise System, the company said.

And Sun is offering the new development platform, along with Sun Java Studio Creator, free to all SDN (Sun Developer Network) registered developers, the company said.

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The new developer tool is available under per-user pricing, supporting major vendors deployment vehicles, but is included as part of the Java Enterprise System and the Java System Suites at no additional cost, Sun said.

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The new tool set features team-oriented collaboration; profiling and testing with integrated load testing; enhanced UML (Unified Modeling Language) support; support for mobile and wireless application development; Application Verification Kit integration; and support for J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) 1.4, through use of the NetBeans 1.4 IDE (integrated development environment).

In addition, Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8 is fully supported on the Solaris 10 operating system, the company said.

And by integrating Suns developer tools within the Java Enterprise System and the Solaris operating system, users will be able to develop, test and deploy applications with pre-configured tools and run-time infrastructure, Sun officials said.

"Java Studio Enterprise 8 allows me to be more productive than any other IDE," David Freels, a developer at Digital Reasoning Systems Inc. of Nashville, Tenn., said in a statement.

"Using the collaboration module, I am able to perform code reviews and collaborative development whether I am in the office or elsewhere. The UML module allows me to model complex business systems and seamlessly generate or synchronize code, saving me hours of time it would have taken to re-factor code and then update the model."

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