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SunSoft improves Java tools

Sun Microsystems software subsidiary, SunSoft, was as busy at the Java event here today, introducing initiatives that span from development to management.

NEW YORK--Sun Microsystems software subsidiary, SunSoft, was as busy at the Java event here today, introducing initiatives that span from development to management.

Highlighting the announcement are tools that will ease development and speed performance of Java applications:

--Project Studio: a road map that will eventually bring users to a point where they can create Java applications using a point-and-click method. These tools will not require users to write code to develop Java programs. The tools are due the first half of next year.
--Project Speedway and Project ICE-T: two initiatives that will first, speed up Java applications, and second, tie them to legacy mainframe systems.

Not to be left out, the Solstice group within Sun promises a version of Solstice Enterprise Manager next year that is fully compliant with the Java Management Application Programming Interface (API). That means the version will be able to manage Java-based networks including the thin client JavaStations.

Also announced was "Joe," Sun's CORBA-compliant object request broker, a tool that will ease corporate applications to the Java platform. The product lets users use applications regardless of what language they are written in, using the Interface Definition Language.

The Joe software and client license is available now for free on Sun's Web site.