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Sun Microsystems' NetBeans IDE Wins Java Developer Journal Readers' Choice Awards

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- March 4, 2004 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW), the creator of Java[tm] technology, today announced that the NetBeans[tm] open source IDE has won the Java Developer's Journal Readers' Choice Award 2003. Recognized as the "Best Java Debugging Tool", NetBeans IDE took first place in a very competitive category that included IBM WebSphere Studio, Quest IProbe, and Oracle 9i JDeveloper.

"We're delighted with the growing popularity of the NetBeans platform and it's broad developer appeal," said Rich Green, vice president, Sun Developer Platforms Group. "Java technology and the NetBeans platform serve as unbeatable foundations for our tools strategy, and as we drive to the next release of NetBeans in the coming quarter, developers can look forward to even greater power, performance and flexibility in the platform."

The NetBeans IDE has broad appeal throughout the Java developer community and is the foundation for Sun's developer tools strategy and the Sun Java Studio products. The platform is written entirely in the Java language, ensuring inherent multiplatform support -- including the Solaris[tm] Operating System, Windows, Linux and Macintosh platforms. With over 2.1 million downloads since June 2003, the popular NetBeans software tools framework is now available is staged for a new release, version 3.6, which is now available via beta program at The NetBeans release 3.6 is expected to be compatible with the J2SE 1.5 release, and NetBeans release 4.0 is expected to be fully optimized to take advantage of J2SE 1.5 platform features.

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About SYS-CON Media Readers' Choice Awards
The SYS-CON Media Readers' Choice Awards Program has become the most-respected industry awards program of its kind, with simultaneous competitions driven by the readers of six market-leading SYS-CON magazines, JDJ, LinuxWorld Magazine, Web Services Journal, .NET Developer's Journal, XML-Journal, and ColdFusion Developer's Journal. The purpose of the Readers' Choice Awards program is to raise awareness of and support for first-class products, services, and solutions within the business and technology communities. Java Developer Journal is a property of SYS-CON Media. For more information, visit

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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