JavaJava Studio Creator - What's Next

Java Studio Creator – What’s Next

Sun’s Java Studio Creator team has been quite busy. They are releasing information on the next versions of Java Studio Creator, Sun’s visual development environment, code named Reef Shark and Thresher Shark. It will definitely be worth your while to check out the material Sun has posted in the Java Studio Creator section of the developer.sun site. There they have included details on the new releases as well as articles and tutorials from the team members.

Reef Shark Highlights

The latest version of Java Studio Creator, Update 6, is now available at the Sun Developer Network site. Update 6, code-named Reef Shark, focuses on technical features and usability improvements and bug issues. Highlights include:

  • Component Import Improvements
    It’s now easier to package custom or 3rd-party JavaServer Faces
    components for import into the IDE to use in Java Studio Creator web

  • Flow Mode in Visual Designer
    The visual designer now supports user interfaces in both grid layout
    mode and the new flow layout mode.

  • Usability Improvements, Bug Fixes, and Customer RFEs
    Based on customer feedback, this version includes more than 60 usability
    improvements to the designer, application outline and palette.

  • Improved Export WAR Facility
    Some steps are now automated so it’s easier to export WAR files.
    Libraries for J2EE specs 1.3 and 1.4 are now included.

  • Javadocs for the JDK, JavaServer Faces, and JDBC Rowsets
    A pre-installed API reference documentation for a number of Java
    technologies through a robust, simple interface.

  • JavaServer Faces Library Upgrade
    The J2EE 1.4 SDK is bundled to get the improved support for Java Studio
    Creator and bug fixes in the JavaServer Faces 1.1 maintenance release.

Thresher Shark Preview Features

They are also giving a preview of the next major release of Java Studio Creator. The preview release is code named Thresher Shark. Highlights include:

  • EJB Consumption
    EJB components that execute business logic can be imported into Java
    Studio Creator as data sources which can be moved onto the visual design

  • Design-Time API for Building Creator Components
    Build custom JavaServer Faces components with this API to take advantage
    of the great design-time features of Java Studio Creator.

  • Remote Server Deployment
    This simplifies deploying applications to remote servers.

  • “To Die For” Style Editor
    Improved style editor lets developers quickly change text size, fonts,
    backgrounds, color, positioning and more.

  • HTML Page Import
    The HTML page-import capability converts HTML pages to JSP technology
    pages, to which code logic can be added in Java Studio Creator.

Detailed information on both releases can be found at

Posted 2/11/05

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