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Sun Extends Java Workshop Family

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01 Jul 1997

Sun Microsystems, Inc. recently announced Java WorkShop 2.0 software, the next-generation release of the only true multiplatform Java development environment on the market today; and Java WorkShop Professional software, an integrated rapid application assembly and development (RAD+) tool. These new Java tools allow developers to create JavaBeans components, applets, and applications complying to JDK 1.1 standards.

"Today's software developers need tools that streamline the development process and reduce costs," said Larry Weber, vice president, SunSoft Inc. business unit of Sun Microsystems, Inc. "The Java WorkShop family provides the most comprehensive toolset to enable customers to rapidly develop and test Java applets, applications and dynamic Web content."

Java WorkShop 2.0 software has a number of performance-related components including:

  • a built-in Just-In-Time (JIT) compiler in the Java virtual machine, increasing the performance of the Java code;

  • a fast javac compiler, enabling the quick generation of byte code from Java applications;

  • profiler tools that help developers analyze application performance;

  • overall faster windowing performance; and

  • support for the latest JDK 1.1 and JavaBeans component architecture.

The new release also integrates many ease of use features including:

  • plug-in architecture for supporting third party add-on's, extensions and components;

  • syntax highlighting for fast editing;

  • improved project manager for planning and organizing complex projects; and

  • improved use of screen space to maximize desktop real estate.

Java WorkShop Professional product provides all the benefits of Java WorkShop 2.0 with Java Studio (announced separately today), delivering a Java development environment that lets users quickly and effectively build powerful Java applications and dynamic web content. Java Studio software allows plug-and-play and fast testing of Java applets, applications and JavaBeans components. Also included is a web authoring environment for creating dynamic Web content.

"AGENCY.COM is proud to be an integral part of the new Java WorkShop introduction," said Chan Suh, Chairman and CEO, AGENCY.COM Ltd., a New York

City-based web-site design firm. "The new Java WorkShop 2.0, with focus on performance, is a tool that many of us have been waiting for."

Pricing and Availability

Java WorkShop 2.0 software is available to early access users now; Java WorkShop Professional software is scheduled to be available to early access users in June via the web, Pricing and upgrade will be announced at a later date.

"Inside Java WorkShop" Second Edition Book

Sun Microsystems Press will publish a second edition of "Inside Java WorkShop" to cover new features and benefits of Java WorkShop 2.0. This hands-on guide will be available worldwide late summer. More information on Sun Microsystems Press can be found on the web at

* Originally published in Novell AppNotes


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