Sun releases Java SE 6

New release supports dynamic languages, Windows Vista and NetBeans tools

Sun Microsystems announced the availability of Java Platform Standard Edition 6 (Java SE 6) yesterday. The Java SE 6 release is the result of over two years of industry-wide development involving collaboration between Sun engineers and over 330 external developers, says Sun. Developers interested in getting started immediately with the Java SE 6 release can leverage the new NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 5.5, which fully supports all the latest features of the Java SE 6 platform, says the company. Over 160 companies worked with Sun and tested their Java technology-based applications on the Java SE 6 platform to help ensure compatibility, stability and performance for the Java SE 6 release, says Sun. More information and technology downloads for the Java SE 6 release are available here. The NetBeans IDE is available for download along with the Java SE 6 platform, or separately. “Java SE 6 technology is now, more than ever, an extremely strong platform for both developers and vendors and the NetBeans IDE is the best way for developers to leverage all the new functionality in the Java SE 6 release,” says Rich Green, executive vice president of software at Sun. “Moving forward, the OpenJDK project will define how Sun's Java SE implementation evolves, and we look forward to working even more closely with the developer community on the next version of the Java SE platform.” The Java SE 6 software includes a new framework and developer APIs to allow mixing of Java technology with dynamically typed languages, such as PHP, Python, Ruby and JavaScript technology, according to Sun. The Java SE 6 software also provides support for Windows Vista.

Developers using the Java SE 6 platform or Sun Developer Tools and technologies to leverage the Java SE 6 release, can get support through Sun Developer Services.

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