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NetBeans Announces Java 2 Development Suite

NetBeans Friday unveiled the next generation of its cross-platform integrated development environments.

Written entirely in Java, NetBeans Developer Enterprise 3.0 merges a cross-platform development environment with enterprise middleware based on Enterprise Java Beans (EJBs), CORBA, remote method invocation (RMI) and XML standards. The product has a modular, open architecture which extends the development environment by allowing for expanded functionality via plug-ins both from NetBeans and third parties.

By integrating EJB, CORBA, RMI and XML standards into a single Java environment, NetBeans is hoping authors will use it's tool to create distributed applications. Such a cross-platform, multi-standars development approach is sure to have broad appeal. NetBeans is also including wizards to help ease the creation process, and uses an underlying object technology to maintain the complex dependencies across interfaces.

NetBeans Developer will be available in three editions: Entry Level, Professional, and Enterprise. All three will run on any Java 2 enabled platform--including Solaris, Windows, and Linux.

The entry level Developer 3.0 is designed for visual development and editing of client-side applications and will be available in July. The Pro version allows the creation of database and servlet applications as well as including modules supporting Extensible Markup Language (XML) and JavaDoc generation. Integrated support of EJB, CORBA, and RMI can be found in the Enterprise Edition. Both Enterprise and Pro will be available in August. A beta version of Developer 3.0 can be downloaded from the company's Web site.