Sun to Release New Java Tools

Sun Microsystems announced this week that it will release two new Java tools &#0151 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

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
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

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.

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