Sun Delivers Java Studio Creator, Breakthrough Visual Development Environment for All Major Developer Platforms

Sun Changes the Game with Revolutionary New Subscription Pricing Model; Announces Early Access for Sun Java Studio Enterprise

SAN FRANCISCO � 2004 JavaOne Conference � June 28, 2004 � Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), the creator and leading advocate of Java technology, today announced the availability of its breakthrough visual development environment, Sun Java Studio Creator. Java Studio Creator is the first Sun product to be released under a revolutionary new subscription model as part of the Sun Developer Network program. Users will receive Java Studio Creator for free when they purchase a Sun Developer Network Standard subscription, priced at US$99 per developer per year. (See today's related release: "Sun Keeps Developers on Cutting Edge with New Sun Developer Network Membership Options and Promotions.")

"Java Studio Creator is the culmination of a strategy Sun announced last year at the JavaOne conference to address the market for corporate developers � a hot, high-growth market," said John Loiacono, executive vice president of Software at Sun. "Sun is setting the pace in the Java technology market, delivering an unbeatable value by offering innovative tools, updates and comprehensive support forums, all for an incredibly low subscription price."

"Java technology has freed our server-side developers to concentrate on higher-level application issues and integration of diverse components," said Dick Wall, lead system engineer at New Energy Associates, a Siemens Company. "Java Studio Creator has the potential to significantly accelerate the development of future Web user interfaces, which can take up to one-third of the time on our projects. The product will also let us rapidly develop cross-platform GUIs, which until now have been too expensive and complex."

Java Studio Creator is designed to address the needs of skilled developers whose primary, day-to-day concern is the rapid delivery of business-critical applications. The first pure Java technology visual development tool, Java Studio Creator will be available for free with the purchase of a one-year Sun Developer Network Standard subscription, priced at US$99. This price includes a perpetual license for Java Studio Creator and access for one year to product updates and upgrades, plus access to premium content and Community Support Forums.

Java Studio Creator is currently available on the Solaris Operating System, Windows and Linux platforms. Sun also announced support for the Mac OS X platform, and the availability of the Early Access release of the Macintosh version. As part of a special promotion, Java Studio Creator for Mac OS X will be made available via free download under a Sun Developer Network subscription that is included with the purchase of an Apple 15- or 17-inch PowerBook.

Java Studio Creator is a comprehensive develop/debug/deploy solution that includes Sun Java System Application Server 8, Platform Edition, a component of the Sun Java Enterprise System, as a target development and deployment platform. It also includes the Java 2 Platform Standard Edition Software Development Kit (SDK).

Key features include:

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Java Studio Enterprise 7 Environment: Summer Early Access Release

Sun also announced today that the Sun Java Studio Enterprise 7 Early Access release is slated for late summer. This release will feature integrated Embarcadero Technologies' Describe UML model-driven analysis and design technology. Release 7 will support all major phases of the development lifecycle, from reverse engineering and documentation of code to user interaction and process modeling, to code generation and deployment of applications.

Other new capabilities will include application profiling, which will chart performance and trace individual browser requests, enhancing overall application performance, including transactional details for single requests with individual application-level Java Enterprise System components and method-level type analysis. The release also offers integrated collaborative development for improved team productivity with code-aware instant messaging and real-time file sharing. Finally, refactoring for simplified code maintenance and extended Java Enterprise System software components will be available.

Customers of the current release of Sun Java Studio Enterprise who are registered subscribers of Sun Developer Network will have access to a preview version of the next release featuring the integrated UML technology as soon as it becomes available.

JavaServer Faces Component Catalog at

Since Java Studio Creator is one of the first developer tools to come to market based on JavaServer Faces component technology, Sun also is announcing a JavaServer Faces Component Catalog at Giving developers ready access to these compatible third-party components can help to significantly shorten project cycles. A number of industry-leading vendors, including ILOG, Otrix and Software FX are currently displaying their offerings, while other companies, including ESRI and Quest Software, have announced their intent to participate shortly when they ship products based on JavaServer Faces technology.

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