Web Developer News: Sun Ships Forte for Java

By Amy Newman,
Web Developer

Sun Microsystems Inc. this week
began shipping Forte for Java, Community Edition 1.0, an integrated
development environment for the Java 2 Platform.

Forte for Java, Community Edition is based completely on open
standards. The software aims to offer an extensible, integrated,
cross-platform development environment to enable the rapid
development of dot-com applications.

It is available at no charge for download through Sun
Microsystems. The product runs on the Solaris Operating
Environment, Linux, and Windows 98 and Windows NT platforms.

“The Forte for Java, Community Edition binary release offers
Java technology developers new levels of productivity tools based
on this powerful, intuitive software development environment,” said
Mark Herring, Director of Marketing Forte Tools, Sun Microsystems

Forte for Java, Community Edition has a modular Java technology
development environment that delivers integrated visual design,
editing, compilation, and debugging capabilities to create
full-featured Web-enabled applications based on the Java
programming language.

The product is completely cross-platform compatible, allowing
developers to use the Solaris Operating Environment, Linux, and
Windows platforms.

Sun anticipates that this release is the first in a series of
developer productivity tools that will include Forte for Java,
Internet and Forte for Java, Enterprise Edition. The Community
Edition forms the foundation of the Forte for Java product line,
which Sun recently announced, and it will be released under the
Mozilla Public License to the open source community.

Forte for Java, Community Edition is written entirely in the
Java programming language and features extensive support of open
standards, including Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition and
development on any Java virtual machine. Key product features
include: a text editor, an open object-oriented architecture, a
form editor, a multithreaded debugger, and an object browser.

The Forte for Java
family is Sun’s attempt to deliver a complete set of
development and integration tools for creating dot-com
applications, from the simplest to the most complex. It is designed
so users can begin at any of three entry points, and move up to a
more powerful version of the IDE as their needs evolve.