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Sun launches Java Studio Creator

At JavaOne in San Francisco this week, Sun Microsystems will formally launch Sun Java Studio Creator, a new visual environment for Java developers.

Formerly code-name “Rave,” the software is positioned as something of a RAD-environment, and marks a departure for a company that has focused much of its tool efforts at nitty-gritty Java development. The tool supports the Java Developer Kit [JDK] 5.0.

Common tasks that now require substantial coding are simplified via the JavaServer Face software.

“Java Studio Creator removes the complexity of the [Java] language,” said Joe Keller, vice president, Marketing for Java Web Services and Tools, Sun. The simplification obtained by the new tool suite is due in great part to the kit’s support for JavaServer Faces and JDBC [Java DataBase Connectivity] RowSet technology.

“JavaServer Faces [provides] a component-based development model. It allows you to create applications with minimal coding by dragging and dropping [icons],” indicated Keller. The JavaServer Face framework (or patterns) have been discussed for a while, but, thanks to their implementation in Java Studio Creator, they are likely to be one of the more vibrant matters of conversation at this year’s edition of JavaOne.

“What you will see is JSF in action, and you’ll see it being used to develop quite sophisticate apps,” said Keller.

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