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Sun to Release New Java Tools

Sun Microsystems announced this week that it will release two new Java tools — Java Blend 2.0 and Java Message Queue 1.0 by the end of the year.

These tools are aimed at reducing the costs and amount of time required to create applications that run on Web sites. Sun (SUNW) anticipates that these tools will enable enterprises to leverage IT staff resources.

Java Blend 2.0 is intended to reduce development time by eliminating the need to write, test or debug Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) or SQL code.

Its transparent persistence capabilities allow developers access to tables, attributes and rows. Java Blend 2.0 also maps relational database tables into Java technology-based objects and eliminates impedance mismatch.

Java Message Queue 1.0 is designed to enable developers to focus on creating business logic and thus avoid worrying about deployment topologies and data communication variables. Using the publish-and-subscribe model, Java Message Queue intelligently routes messages throughout the network for efficient bandwidth usage.

Java Blend 2.0 will be available this quarter in license configurations of up to 250 seats for Sun's Solaris and Microsoft's Windows NT operating systems. The software costs $1,195 per developer seat.

Customers can download binaries or order a CD from Sun. Java Blend 1.0 users can obtain the upgrade to Java Blend 2.0 for free. Sun also plans to release a localized version of Java Blend 2.0 for Japan in the first quarter of 2000.

A developer's edition of Java Message Queue 1.0 is also scheduled to be available this quarter.

A single seat, which supports up to 250 concurrent connections, will be priced at $495 and will be available for Solaris and Windows NT.

A 60-day trial version is expected to be available this quarter, and a beta version can be downloaded now. In the first quarter of 2000, Sun expects to release deployment-ready versions of Java Message Queue software in multiple sizes to provide flexibility in designing deployment topologies.