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Software Development: Open Source Forte for Java

Sep 24, 2000, 02:05 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Minnick)

"Earlier this year, Sun Microsystems announced that it would release the source code of the Community Edition of Forte for Java under the Mozilla Public License model. The Community Edition is a basic version of the soon-to-be-released (and not open source) Internet Edition and the Enterprise Edition Java 2 development environments."

"Proclaiming that you will unveil source code is a popular way to generate press and attract the attention of developers these days. It can also be a disaster. Free software proponents are certain to pick apart your particular interpretation of open source and declare it to be hogwash-or worse. Aware of this predilection, Sun has left ample time between its announcement and the actual release of the source code so that it can address the problems that are bound to come up...."

"Through its acquisition of Forte software, Sun has taken a huge leap into the enterprise development tools market. Other products in Sun's Forte product line include Forte C++, Forte 4GL, Forte Fusion, Forte Fortran and Forte C. Collectively, these products are known as Forte Developer 6 and have replaced Sun's Workshop tools for Solaris development."

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