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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 download.)
  • 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 teams."

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.

This article was originally published on May 20, 2004

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