Sun Microsystems, steward of the Java standard, said Java programmers can now get access to a Java 2 Standard Edition 5.0., which includes a basic development kit and the "Java Runtime Environment"--the software needed to run Java programs. The update, formerly code-named Tiger, is called the
The new version of the software is meant to make Java programmers more productive and improve the performance of Java applications on desktop PCs, according to Sun.
Java tool providers are pitched in a. According to many analysts and developers, Microsoft's Windows software is more reliable than it has been in the past, making it an option for large-scale applications, and Microsoft's .Net development tools are generally simpler to use than comparable Java tools.
Tiger is an important release for Sun in attempting to attract developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to Java rather than .Net, said Stephen O'Grady, an analyst at research company RedMonk. "Certainly, .Net is gaining credibility as a very productive environment to work in. That said, Tiger goes a long way towards addressing what many would call Java's biggest weakness: performance," O'Grady said.
Java development tool providers are expected to release tools that use the new software over the next several months, according to a Sun representative. The, which was developed by Sun and several other Java software companies, is widely used in desktop machines and forms the basis of the server version of the Java "runtime" called .
J2SE 5.0 includes enhancements to simplify the Java language so that programmers can write applications faster. It includes built-in diagnostic tools to enable administrators to better manage Java programs, once they're deployed via monitoring programs.
Customers can also get a boost in performance and reliability by installing the new Calvin Austin, the lead of the J2SE 5.0 specification at Sun. The initial kit will include Java Virtual Machines for Windows, Linux, Solaris and operating systems that run on .that comes with the release, said
In addition, J2SE 5.0's default look for desktop Java applications has been refreshed, and the start-up time for Java applications will be up to 20 percent faster, Austin said.