The Early Access release of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s much anticipated Sun Java Studio Creator visual development environment is available for download.
Previously known as Project Mad Hatter, Java Studio Creator is expected to make Java application development considerably easier, lowering the barrier for developers to produce reliable, high quality applications.
"Over the last four months, more than 100 developers have participated in the technology preview releases of the product, contributing essential feedback on ease of use and developer productivity," says Sean O'Hare, Java Systems Engineer at Sun Microsystems SA. He notes that the product has generated a staggering amount of interest, with more than 10,000 developers having already signed up for the Early Access release.
Java Studio Creator is a comprehensive develop/debug/deploy solution out of the box, incorporating the first release of production JavaServer Faces (JSF) technology, which aims to provide greater performance and coding efficiency. The product also includes the Java Enterprise System runtime, which is designed to allow developers to quickly evaluate applications in pre-production, including the Sun Java System Application Server, Platform Edition.
Furthermore, PointBase, an SQL database server; the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition Software Development Kit (SDK); and developer aids such as examples, tutorials, JavaServer Faces visual components and other components are supplied as standard with Java Studio Creator, the company says.
"By integrating tools, runtimes and components, Java Studio Creator makes Java coding visual and efficient, enabling developers to focus on application value-add such as user interaction and business logic, instead of system infrastructure and Web services plumbing," continues O'Hare.
He notes that the largest segment of the developer community has relied on visual development as the means to rapidly create solutions for the Web and the enterprise.
"At the same time, Java has been the platform of choice for developers creating network, desktop and mobile applications as it provided an open technology platform and a competitive business model."
The Java Studio Creator tool is based on Java platform and technology standards developed through the Java Community Process (JCP), aiming to ensure application portability between deployment environments and development tools, including the Sun Java Studio Enterprise development solution.
Developers can use Java Studio Creator to leverage the advanced services created with Java Studio Enterprise and other enterprise-class tools. Like all the Sun Java Studio tools, Java Studio Creator is based on the NetBeans (www.netbeans.org) Open Source platform, the company says.
"With this Early Access release, the Java Studio Creator tool has been moved to NetBeans version 3.6, which adds stronger JavaServer Pages syntax support in the code editor, improved code completion and an enhanced debugger. With Java and NetBeans as the foundation technologies, the product line enables developers to prototype quickly and easily using the Java Studio Creator tool, then move up to Java Studio Enterprise to extend application functionality," concludes O'Hare.