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Solaris 10 Unleashes 64-Bit Development for Enterprise Applications

  • November 11, 2004
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During its fourth quarter Network Computing '04 (NC04Q4) launch Tuesday, Sun Microsystems Inc. announced Solaris(R) 10 Operating System support for the company's complete line of development tools and Java(TM) technology development platforms, including support for the most recent version of Java, J2SE (tm) 5.0. Sun is bringing a robust set of tools for every class of programmer to the Solaris 10 development arena, including the Sun Studio 10 high performance compilers support C, C++ and Fortran, the Sun Java Studio Enterprise development environment and the popular Java Studio Creator. This universal support makes it possible for software developers to immediately launch their enterprise development projects using Java to deliver on the promise of Solaris 10.

The company also joined with AMD and announced today the successful collaboration on developing the industry's first Java Virtual Machine (JVM) that supports 64-bit systems with AMD Opteron processors, which will enable developers to build efficient and high performing Java-based applications for Linux, Windows, and Solaris environments.

"Solaris 10 is the perfect platform for Java system development and deployment and we're providing the advanced tools that will accelerate developer adoption of the Solaris 10 operating system," said Jeff Jackson, vice president of Java Platform Strategy and Tools for Sun. "The Sun Studio compilers unlock incredible performance gains even for applications written for previous versions of Solaris and the 64-bit JVM really pulls out the stops."

Today's announcement outlined several developer advantages delivered by Solaris 10. The most recent version of the Java Platform, J2SE 5.0, supports the Solaris 10 operating system, delivering improved developer productivity and performance from the new Java technology language enhancements.

Sun delivers a robust set of tools for every class of programmer. Sun Studio 10 software makes it simple to get outstanding performance when developing C, C++, and Fortran for the Solaris 10 Operating System. It provides a comprehensive, productive environment for developing scalable 32-bit and 64-bit applications on Sun's newest UltraSPARC(R),Intel Xeon, and AMD Opteron processor-based systems, including AMD64. Sun Studio 10 software consistently improves applications by up to 60% over previous compiler releases and open source alternatives. Enhanced user interface increases ease of use, and reduces turnaround time for fixes and delivers greater debugging productivity plus debugging optimized, parallelized code, as well as mixed languages (C, C++, Fortran, and Java) seamlessly.

All of Sun's developer tool products currently run on the beta version of Solaris 10 and will have full support for Solaris 10. The popular NetBeans open source IDE. With version 4.0 now available in beta at netbeans.org, developers can take advantage of this fully featured, cross-platform IDE for the development of Java applications spanning J2SE, 2-tier J2EE 1.4 support, desktop clients, mobile clients and web applications.

The Sun Java Studio Creator product, which recently added support for the MacOS platform and multi language support for Japanese and simplified Chinese, currently runs on the beta version of Solaris 10. The Java Studio Creator environment has been designed and tested to meet the needs of skilled developers whose primary concern is rapid turnaround of business-critical applications.

The Sun Java Studio Enterprise 7 product will also support the Solaris 10 operating system, with its comprehensive, integrated offering that improves developer productivity with intuitive, easy to use tools and technologies. Java Studio consists of tools, software development kits (SDKs), application programming interfaces (APIs) and libraries, and developer services. Using Java Studio, developers can rapidly develop applications and Web services across multiple platforms and environments.

Developer Kits, Programs and Insights for Migrating to Solaris 10 The Sun Developer Network (SDN) offers comprehensive resources for developers migrating applications to the Solaris 10 environment, the

  • Solaris 10 Developer Connection, Hosted by the Sun Developer Network located at http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/products/sol10.html features an extensive list of developer guides, software downloads, documentation and forums that address a wide variety of Solaris 10 development topics
  • Sun has also updated the Java Development Kit (JDK) to include the Early Access version of the J2SE 5.0 64-bit Opteron support for the Solaris OS.
  • HP Migration program that helps developers move applications from HP-UX and Tru64 to Solaris 10. Program located on the Sun website at http://wwws.sun.com/software/solaris/10/movehp.jsp featuring Solaris 10 ISV Early Adoption and Migration for Developers has already made it possible for Sun and iForce partners to successfully migrate over 200 HP customers to Sun Solaris Solutions. See http://wwws.sun.com/software/solaris/10/movehp.jsp
  • "Technology Test Drive", a pre-configured development environment hosted on the web at http://www.sun.com/tech-center, gives x86 developers and IT staff a no risk evaluation through seven days of free access to test drive their own code on the most recent versions of Solaris 10, Sun Studio Compilers and other tools for enterprise developers on Sun's Sun Fire V20z server with AMD Opteron processors.

Pricing and Availability

Early Access of the 64-bit Java Virtual Machine technology will be available within the next 30 days. Java Studio Enterprise has a list price of $1,895 USD, or $5 USD per employee per month for Java Enterprise System customers. Java Studio Creator is available as part of the SDN subscription program for $99 USD . The Sun Studio 10 compilers are included with Solaris 10. Free trial versions of all of Sun's developer tools will be included with Solaris 10. For more information on all of Sun's development tools visit http://wwws.sun.com/software/javasystem/javastudio/index.html.

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