Sun Unveils JavaServer™ Pages Technology

JavaServer Pages Technology Allows Developers to Build Dynamic, Cross-Platform Web-Based Applications

PALO ALTO, CA, June 2, 1999 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc., today announced the immediate availability of JavaServer Pages™ technology, which for the first time allows Web page developers to easily build cross-platform, truly interactive Web sites.

Harnessing the full power of the Java™ platform, JavaServer Pages technology separates the functions of content generation and page layout, providing developers with a simplified and more efficient way to create server-generated Web pages that combine content from a wide variety of enterprise data sources. Because JavaServer Pages technology encapsulates much of the functionality required to generate "dynamic," or constantly changing content, Web page developers can concentrate on the "look" and display of the site without the need for application development expertise.

JavaServer Pages technology builds on Sun's Write Once, Run Anywhere™ philosophy. Because of its cross-platform, cross-server functionality, JavaServer Pages technology can scale from smaller sites using a Web server to the largest, multi-layer enterprise Web sites using Application Servers accessing a wide variety of data from multiple sources. As a result, JavaServer Pages technology allows companies to quickly build Web pages that work with a wide variety of web- and application servers, browsers and development tools.

"The enterprise continues to look to Java technologies for mission-critical, cost-effective and platform-independent innovations," said Jon Kannegaard, vice president and general manager of the Java platform, Java Software at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "JavaServer Pages technology will enable tools that give developers an easy-to-use and flexible server-based solution to create truly interactive Web pages for enterprise portals, e-commerce sites, intranets and extranets."

Because they are executed on the Web server, JavaServer Pages technology can generate interactive, viewer-specific information. For instance, JavaServer Pages technology can be used to create bank sites that provide customers with real-time account balance and transaction information, dynamically generated for each customer, or by corporations establishing enterprise portal sites with multiple levels, each designed to work with buyers, vendors, customers or employees.

The JavaServer Pages technology is based on Servlets. Servlets enable JavaServer Pages technology to provide Web application developers with a simple, consistent mechanism for extending and customizing Web server functionality. JavaServer Pages technology also integrates easily with Enterprise JavaBeans™ architecture-based technology to access transaction systems and enable re-usable, cross-platofrm capabilities using CORBA and XML.

Developed in collaboration with industry leaders in the enterprise software and tools markets (see quote addendum for industry support), the JavaServer Pages technology is available for free download beginning today. An early access reference implementation is available via the Java Developer Connection program, or, for more information, users can access

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