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Solaris developers get new C++ tool

Sun Microsystems has updated its C++ tool to support 64-bit software development for the Solaris operating system.

Sun Microsystems has updated its C++ tool to support 64-bit software development for the Solaris operating system.

Shipping after ten months of testing, Sun's WorkShop C++ 5.0 makes it faster and easier for programmers to build C++ applications, said Peter Jeffcock, senior product manager for developer environments and tools.

The new release offers a graphical user interface tool allowing development through Java code. Sun also improved the compiler's garbage collection, which automatically reclaims memory that a part of a program no longer uses.

The release also supports the new C++ standard, ratified last June, that allows large enterprises to reuse code and port code from Solaris to other platforms.

"It makes it possible with one C++ compiler to work with another C++ compiler, and that was not always as easy as it should have been in the past," Jeffcock said.

WorkShop 5.0 can also be used with older, 32-bit code.

The company today also began shipping Sun Performance WorkShop Fortran 5.0 software with an improved compiler and new "routines," math functions that make applications run faster, Jeffcock said.

Both products cost $1,995 for a personal version and $3,495 for a network version. Previous versions of WorkShop can be upgraded for less than $1,000.