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Today Sun announced
that it will integrate the Describe® Unified Modeling Language (UML)
design software from Embarcadero Technologies with the
award-winning Sun JavaTM Studio Enterprise. A definitive licensing and
development agreement between the two companies grants Sun unlimited
distribution and usage rights to Describe’s standards-based modeling
technology, enabling Sun to quickly add one of the most advanced, platform
independent, model-driven analysis and design modules to Java Studio
Enterprise. The new module will support all major phases of the development
lifecycle, from reverse engineering and documentation of code to user
interaction and process modeling, on through to code generation and
deployment of applications. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Describe 6.1, a new Java technology-based version of the
product, is a model-driven analysis and design environment that leverages
the industry-standard Unified Modeling Language. Describe enables
developers to create visual models of applications, providing a clear
blueprint for implementation and a shorter learning curve for developers.
In addition, programming code and the UML models are always synchronized,
which helps to speed up the developer’s job by enabling the navigation and
maintenance of code directly from the diagram.

Highlights include:

  • Sun will be including the first Describe version (6.1) to be available in
    the Java language, so that it will offer inherent multi-platform support
    (Windows, Linux & Solaris). (The previous version of Describe that was used
    with Java Studio was Windows only.)

  • It’s an “out of the box” tightly integrated UML solution, installed
    together with the Java Enterprise System, and delivered as part of the Sun
    Java Studio Enterprise development platform. (Previously, it was a separate

  • The functionality is all included in the current Java Studio Enterprise
    pricing model (see below) and supported directly by Sun.

  • It’s delivered with the advantage of the included formalized versions of
    the J2EE Patterns.

“The incorporation of Embarcadero’s Describe functionality into Sun Java
Studio Enterprise is tremendous,” said Curt Stevenson, vice president of
Professional Services, Back Bay Technologies, Inc. “This will allow for
seamless roundtrip UML modeling and development with Java Studio Enterprise
and will enhance its functionality as an industry-leading IDE. We are
excited about having this enhanced functionality available to our project

Sun Java Studio Enterprise is the first comprehensive development
environment to speed development of applications for the Sun JavaTM
Enterprise System. Java Studio Enterprise integrates development tools
(with key productivity features such as accelerated application development
and the ability to implement user security authentication within an
application in minutes), development versions of the enterprise servers,
rich documentation, samples and blueprints to enhance the developer
experience, with additional support from a premium membership in the Sun
Developer Network.

With the integration of Embarcadero Describe into Java Studio Enterprise,
developers will have access to an integrated offering that brings the
application design and development process together for an optimal and
productive developer experience at a compelling $5 USD per employee
license, which includes the right to use the included software and
developer services and is renewable each year, or a $1895 USD perpetual
seat license, which includes the right to use the included software
perpetually, paired with a right to use the developer services, which are
renewable each year.

Customers of the current release of Sun Java Studio Enterprise (version 6
2004Q1) who are registered subscribers of Sun Developer Network will have
access to a preview version of the next release featuring the integrated
Describe technology as soon as it is available. For more information, visit
Inside The Source and Sun Developer Network.

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