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Sun Microsystems NetBeans Achieves Broad Developer Adoption

Sun Microsystems NetBeans Achieves Broad Developer Adoption

Innovative GUI Development Plus Java Standards Combine to Deliver Rich, Cross-Platform Applications

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), the creator and leading advocate of Java technology, today announced that Project Matisse -- the Graphical User Interface Builder and one of the most innovative features of the highly anticipated NetBeans 5.0 Integrated development Environment (IDE) software -- is achieving broad developer adoption and endorsements.

With NetBeans 5.0, the Graphical User Interface (GUI) Builder is dramatically simplified, which enables users to speed up their developmentcycle. This optimization has already demonstrated itself to be a major advancement in the creation of rich client Java applications. For example, Serpro, Brazil's largest public IT company, recently began using NetBeans Project Matisse to develop Java applications for a range of Federal agencies in Brazil. With close to 9000 employees in over 300 cities, Serpro impressively manages more than 1 billion transactions annually for the Brazilian government.

According to Serge Rehem, chief of development at Serpro, "We are committed to open source in platforms and tools, and NetBeans is one of our development tools of choice. NetBeans solves the problem that has been plaguing developers for years -- easy GUI creation. There is nothing else like it in the market today and our Java desktop developers are now switching to NetBeans."

In contrast with other visual development tools that target rich client development on specific platforms, Project Matisse is unique in building applications that can be deployed -- with consistent look, feel, and user interaction -- across the variety of desktop platforms that support Java SE, using simple drag and drop technology. These include the Solaris 10 OS, OpenSolaris, Linux, Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh OS X.

To date, there have been more than 8 million downloads of the NetBeans IDE (approximately 30 percent of those in the past year.) Overall, developers are making the switch to NetBeans from other development tools, recognizing the improved power and speed provided by the NetBeans IDE. For more developer success stories in switching to NetBeans, see

Over the past 12 months, we've broken down the barricades to easy Java development," says Jeff Jackson, senior vice president of Java, Enterprise and Development Products at Sun. "What's more, we've accomplished it all while adhering to the core values of the Java platform -- cross platform application development and deployment with Java standards. We're pleased to see organizations like Serpro eagerly anticipating the release of NetBeans 5.0."

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