Friday, June 25, 2004

Sun to beef up Java tools

Sun to beef up Java tools
Sun Microsystems will launch its newest Java development tool at the JavaOne conference next week and lay out plans for improvements to the Java language.

The company is expected to tout Java Studio Creator, a tool designed to lure developers away from Microsoft's easy-to-use tools, notably Visual Basic. Java Studio Creator is slated to be completed this summer and cost $99 per developer, according to a person familiar with the company's plans.

At the conference in San Francisco, Sun is also scheduled to detail a new, faster version of the 'runtime' software that supports Java tools and applications. Code-named 'Tiger,' Java 2 Standard Edition 1.5 is designed to make Java programmers more productive and Java applications run faster. J2SE 1.5, expected to ship early this fall, will have performance improvements and add support for the Basic Profile set of guidelines from the Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) organization.

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