Sun Microsystems, Inc. has announced the next release of Sun Java(tm) Studio Enterprise, the company's feature-rich product suite for enterprise developers. Sun Java Studio Enterprise 7 features a combination of innovative technologies providing developers with abilities never before available in a single, tightly integrated enterprise development environment.
The new release includes three major features that were not available in previous releases:
- "Code-Aware" Collaboration, a revolutionary technology that enables distributed teams or workgroups to interact and work dynamically together in a highly productive manner.
- Comprehensive support for the Unified Modeling Language (UML), which reduces complexity and increases visual clarity across software development projects, ensuring a sound architecture is established and communicated throughout the enterprise.
- An Application Profiler, which provides a powerful and efficient means of analyzing application performance, enabling developers to identify and resolve potential performance-related issues well before any production deployment.
"With this new release, Sun is offering a new level of productivity for Java language developers targeting the performance-shattering Solaris 10(tm) Operating System," said Joe Keller, vice president, marketing, Java Web Services and Development Platforms, Sun Microsystems. "By providing such a productive environment for just a few dollars per developer, Sun can help organizations significantly reduce the time and money required to develop, deploy and manage new services. This means organizations can start reaping efficiency gains and new revenue faster."
New Features Simplify Collaboration and Streamline Performance The Code-Aware Collaboration feature enables dispersed development teams to take advantage of the type of implicit collaboration that occurs when software developers work side-by-side in a team or workgroup. By using a range of tools including an instant-messaging-based capability the transfer of information, expertise and artifacts from one participant to another is instantaneous, enabling developers to focus on delivering optimized applications quickly to the end user.
"Code-Aware Collaboration takes team development to a new and inspirational level," said James Gosling, technology officer for the Developer Platforms Group at Sun. In the past, teams dispersed across an organization or around the world tended to be focused on individual units of code. This technology will enable them to work together to capture collective innovation, rapidly iterate and drive the delivery of complex applications more quickly than ever before."
Another key feature of the release is support for model-driven analysis, design and development, leveraging UML. This fully integrated feature supports key phases of the development lifecycle, from reverse engineering and documentation of code to user interaction and process modeling, on through to code generation and application deployment. The feature enables developers to create visual models of applications, providing a clear blueprint for implementation and a shorter learning curve for developers.
The Application Profiler is another key new capability, allowing developers to selectively profile the performance of applications developed using the Java Studio Enterprise suite. This feature focuses on Web applications and applications developed using the integrated Web Application Framework, which provides rapid application development (RAD) features. The Application Profiler, based on a combination of open standards technologies, provides a powerful and efficient means for analyzing application performance at development time, enabling developers ultimately to deliver faster transaction throughput and an optimal end-user experience.
Java Studio Enterprise, the first comprehensive development environment to speed development of applications with a compelling collection of interfaces all targeting the runtime version of the Sun Java Enterprise System, also provides key productivity features and the ability to implement user security authentication within an application in minutes.
The product delivers a comprehensive collection of developer resources and support services. It provides all the resources of the Sun Developer Network, as well as many code samples and a complete reference application to help guide development of enterprise applications and Web services. And it also provides support services, such as special forums for finding correct answers quickly.
Pricing and Availability
With Java Studio Enterprise, developers will have access to an integrated offering that brings together the application design and development process, the ability to fine-tune the performance of applications, and the increased productivity of collaborative teams working as single virtual units. This wealth of functionality is offered at a compelling $5 USD (U.S. list price) per employee license, which includes the right to use the software and developer services and is renewable each year, or a $1895 USD (U.S. list price) perpetual seat license, which includes the right to use the included software perpetually, paired with a right to use the developer services, which are renewable each year. The product is available on the Solaris Operating System and Windows platforms.