SUN MICROSYSTEMS RELEASES FASTEST CLIENT-SIDE JAVA PLATFORM TO DATE
SUN MICROSYSTEMS RELEASES FASTEST CLIENT-SIDE JAVA PLATFORM TO DATE
The Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition v 1.3 Provides Remarkable
Performance Gains and Improved Web Deployment for the Enterprise
PALO ALTO, CA -- May 8, 2000 --
Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced the
shipment of the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE technology)
, the fast and secure foundation for building and deploying
client-side enterprise applications. In todays .com world of
nanosecond response times and information gratification, J2SE
technology v 1.3 provides the speedy performance and high functionality
that is demanded by Web users. With the inclusion of the Java HotSpot
Client VM, this is the fastest release of the Java platform to date:
When compared to the initial release of J2SE technology, J2SE
technology v 1.3 boasts a 40% improvement in start-up time and a 25%
smaller RAM footprint when measured against applications that use the
Java Foundation Classes in a typical manner.
For end users, J2SE technology v 1.3 enables faster and easier use of
functionally rich Web applications, such as corporate intranets and
interactive shopping aids for eCommerce. For enterprise developers,
the improved J2SE technology v 1.3 will serve as the base tool for
creating sophisticated, valuable applications that can be brought to
Sun has responded to customer requests to improve client-side Java
technology performance. With the unprecedented performance gains and
enhanced feature rich library of development tools in this latest
version, customers now can confidently adopt the Java 2 platform on the
client, said Rich Green, vice president of Java software development at
Sun Microsystems, Inc. J2SE technology is the heart and soul of the
Java 2 platform. It allows software developers to build network
centric software that is compatible across all major platforms while
protecting their customers IT investments.
Dramatic Enhancements in J2SE v 1.3
J2SE v 1.3 software is Sun's first
upgrade release of the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition since its
release in December 1998. J2SE technology v 1.3 offers developers and
users alike world-class performance, enterprise-ready deployment
capabilities, and new functionality, including:
Dramatically Faster Performance
- The Java HotSpot Client VM and
performance-tuned libraries make the J2SE v 1.3 release the fastest to
date. J2SE technology v 1.3 eliminates performance as a factor for
companies considering the Java 2 platform as part of their client
Easier Web Deployment
- New features such as applet caching and Java
Optional Package installation through the Java Plug-in technology
enhance the speed and flexibility with which Java technology-based
applets and applications can be deployed. Java Plug-in technology is a
component of the Java 2 runtime environment, Standard Edition v 1.3 and
enables Java technology-based applets and applications to execute.
- New support for RSA electronic signing,
dynamic trust management, X.509 certificates, and verification of
Netscape-signed files mean more ways for developers to protect
Ease of Development
- A host of new features and development tools in
the J2SE technology v 1.3 release enables easier and faster development
of powerful Web-enabled or standalone Java technology-based
- The addition of RMI/IIOP and the Java
Naming and Directory Interface (JNDI) to the J2SE 1.3 release enhances
enterprise interoperability of the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition.
RMI/IIOP improves connectivity to backend systems supporting CORBA.
JNDI provides access to directories that support the popular
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) among others.
Broad Industry Support of J2SE
"Our customers have expressed a great deal of interest
in the Java platform on BeOS because they want to combine the benefits
of Java technology with the power and simplicity of BeOS," said Steve
Sakoman, chief operating officer of Be Incorporated. "We are currently
porting J2SE technology to BeOS, and we are excited about the upcoming
J2SE technology v 1.3. We anticipate a significant performance gain
for Java technology-based solutions on BeOS using the J2SE technology v
1.3 with its Java HotSpot Client virtual machine."
"Compaq welcomes the improvements that are now available in J2SE
technology v 1.3, such as RMI over IIOP," said Pauline Nist, Vice
President and General Manager, Tandem Business Unit, Compaq Computer
Corporation. "Speed is critical in Web-based environments, and the
faster performance and the new features of v 1.3 of the J2SE technology
promises significant benefits for our customers running
mission-critical NonStop eBusiness solutions on Tru64 UNIX, OpenVMS
AlphaServer, and NonStop Himalaya environments."
Computer Associates International, Inc.
"CA technology relies on Java
technologies for deployment across a broad spectrum of client
platforms," said Ken Farber, CA senior vice president, worldwide
alliances. "The latest release of the Java 2 Platform, Standard
Edition provides significant client side performance gains, while
simplifying Web based deployment. Unicenter TNG and its components
deliver a high performance and secure environment for network and
system management, while Jasmine ii provides the perfect application
base for eCommerce. The performance improvements offered by J2SE V1.3
position us to bring our client's eCommerce development and management
environments to the next level."
"As an early supporter of the Java 2 Platform, Standard
Edition, Fujitsu is excited to be a part of the J2SE technology v 1.3
release. The Java 2 platform will be used for mission critical
systems, and our customers in this area are especially interested in
performance improvements. We expect that the latest release of J2SE
technology will satisfy their requirements," said Mr.Shigeru Tanaka,
Vice General Manager, Middleware Division, Software Group, Fujitsu
Limited. "The J2SE platform is crucial to the success of INTERSTAGE,
Fujitsu's Application Server Product."
GemStone Systems, Inc.
"GemStone is proud to have had a history of
contributing to the evolution of the Java platform through
participation in many expert groups," said Doug Pollack, vice president
of marketing for GemStone Systems. "We are very excited to support the
release of the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition v. 1.3, and expect
our e-business customers to benefit significantly from the improvements
in performance, web deployment and CORBA."
"IBM is pleased with the enhancements delivered in J2SE technology
v1.3, especially in the areas of accessibility, communication via
RMI/IIOP to clients of all types, security and footprint reduction,"
said Rod Smith, Vice President Java Software, IBM. "We continue to
work with Sun to mature the J2SE platform as a cornerstone technology
for IBM, and customers, to deploy e-business solutions."
"We are thrilled to see the performance improvements in J2SE
technology version 1.3 as they directly translate into huge
productivity gains for our enterprise customers. Faster Java
technology is what our enterprise customers have been demanding, and
Sun has delivered with this release," said Tony de Lama, vice
president, Java products development, Inprise/Borland. "We are also
very pleased at how JBuilder, our development tool based on Java
technology, works faster than ever before with the Java HotSpot Client
"KL Group's JClass and JProbe customers will benefit from the
significant performance gains and enhanced functionality in J2SE
technology v 1.3," said Ed Lycklama, chief technology officer at KL
Group. "Enterprise customers rely on Sun and KL Group to help them
gain competitive advantage by leveraging the full potential of Java
technology. J2SE technology v 1.3 is an important contributor to their
success, and we're committed to continuing our support of this critical
"Metrowerks was one of the first companies to license Java
technology from Sun, and we're dedicated to providing developers with
the best Java technology tools available," said Greg Stoner, vice
president of marketing, Metrowerks. "The latest release of J2SE
technology, with its significant performance gains, will help us
achieve that goal. CodeWarrior for Java, which supports development
with J2SE technology v1.3, makes it easy for Java technology developers
at any skill level to build applications that take advantage of the
language's multi-platform benefits."
"As an early supporter of the Java 2 Platform, Standard
Edition, Netscape is excited to be a part of the release of J2SE
technology v 1.3. The latest release of J2SE technology provides
significant performance gains and simplified web deployment for browser
users while maintaining freedom of choice for customers," said Jim
Hamerly, vice president of the client product division at Netscape.
"The J2SE platform is important to the success of Netscape 6®, and we
intend to ship a compatible version of our product in the second half
of calendar 2000."
"Sun's latest release of the J2SE technology improves overall
performance and will provide a more robust solution for Novell's
ConsoleOne users," said Carl Ledbetter, senior vice president, strategy
and corporate development at Novell. "As networks merge to one Net, a
simplified and stable management service is critical. Novell's
ConsoleOne leverages Java technology to accelerate and improve the
"Our own development team has been developing with the J2SE
technology v 1.3 release candidates for the past several months. We
have found it to be a dramatic step up in the areas of performance,
drag and drop support, and the handling of keyboard shortcuts," said
William Dwight, Vice President of Oracle's Java Tools Development.
"Now, with the latest production release of Oracle® JDeveloper 3.1,
developers can use our powerful development environment to build and
debug applications based on J2SE technology v 1.3."
ProtoView Development Corp.
"We are very excited about the
improvements in J2SE technology v 1.3 in speed and enhancements.
Customers of our JFCSuite and JSuite will benefit significantly from
the continued maturity of the Java platform," said Dean Guida,
President of ProtoView Development Corp.
"Rational Software, the e-Development company, has a
strong on-going commitment to supporting the Java 2 platform", said
John Lambert, Vice President and General Manager of Rational's
Developer Solutions Business Unit. "J2SE technology will allow us to
better support Java technology developers by enhancing the performance
of our Java technology development tools such as Rational Quantify and
Rational PureCoverage. This will translate directly into additional
productivity gains for our customers."
"We are excited to see the advancements Sun has made with the
latest edition of the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition," said Raj
Nathan, senior vice president and general manager for the Internet
Applications Division of Sybase. "With J2SE technology, Java software
developers will experience significant performance gains and simplified
Web deployment for their e-Business solutions."
"We have been a supporter of the Java 2
Platform, Standard Edition, since its beginning and are eagerly
anticipating the release of the J2SE technology v 1.3," said Joe
Erickson, Vice President and Chief Architect, Tidestone Technologies,
Inc. "This next release of J2SE technology will continue to push the
performance of the Java platform to new heights and make the building
of Web-deployed applications with our spreadsheet-driven reporting and
analysis tool, Formula One, even easier than it is already. We plan to
have a version of Formula One that is fully tested with J2SE technology
v 1.3 as soon as possible after its release, most likely by June of
2000 at the latest."
"As one of the first deployment solutions to ship with Java 2
platform support, Zero G has anxiously anticipated the release of Sun's
Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition v 1.3. We are taking full advantage
of the platform's increased performance and scalability in the
introduction of several new products this year," said Eric Shapiro, CEO
of Zero G. "InstallAnywhere 3, our award-winning multi-platform
deployment solution, enables software vendors to deliver J2SE
technology v 1.3-compatible software today."
"As a strong supporter of the Java 2 Platform, WebGain is
excited by the release of version 1.3 of the J2SE technology, " said
Ted Farrell, CTO of WebGain. "The significant performance, security
and interoperability improvements, along with the simplified web
development and the enhanced debugging interface, will allow WebGain to
provide leading edge, cross platform, standards based E-Commerce
application development solutions to our customers."
Availability of the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition v 1.3
As announced at Java BusinessSM event in December of 1999, source code
for J2SE technology is available at no charge and can be downloaded
through Suns Community Source Licensing (SCSL) program at
. J2SE technology v 1.3 is available
on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 2000 operating
systems, with beta releases for both Linux and the Solaris Operating
expected to be available in June. Furthering its
commitment to work with the Java community on future Java software
development, Sun recently submitted the version J2SE technology v 1.4
to be developed through the Java Community Process program. The Java
2 Software Development Kit, Standard Edition v 1.3 binary download is
available from http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.3/download-windows.html
Java 2 Software Development Kit, Standard Edition is bundled with Sun's
Forte for Java, Community Edition integrated development environment
(IDE). Third party IDE tools are also available for download, and the
standalone Java 2 Software Development Kit, Standard Edition v 1.3 can
be downloaded without an IDE.
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