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NetBeans Ships One of the First Cross-Platfrom IDEs To Support Java 2

Prague, Czech Republic, March 2, 1999 - NetBeans today launched DeveloperX2 2.1, one of the first full-featured Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) to support and run on Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s Java 2(tm) platform. DeveloperX2 2.1 enables software developers to build sophisticated Java Foundation Classes (JFC) GUIs, compile, and debug applications on the platform of their choice. NetBeans also simultaneously launched a concurrent version, Developer 2.1, which supports Swing 1.1 and Java Development Kit(tm) (JDK) 1.1.

"NetBeans has made a commitment to Java technology developers to keep them ahead of the technology curve," said Roman Stanek, Founder/CEO of NetBeans, Inc.. "This release gives developers what they need to leverage the new Java platform."

"We are excited to see today's announcement from NetBeans," said Jon Kannegaard, Vice President and General Manager of the Java platform at Sun Microsystems. "NetBeans' innovative JavaBeans architecture allows easy extensibility, and the ability to update the IDE to work with new technologies has enabled them to quickly bring to market a solid product that supports Sun's newest Java technology."

"By using NetBeans DeveloperX2 with the Java 2 platform, developers can use all the new features of this latest JDK such as Swing component framework, collections, security, beans enhancements and many others," said Ian Formanek, Chief Technology Officer at NetBeans, Inc.. "The upcoming release of NetBeans Developer (codename Gandalf) will provide even better support for these new features."

Software developers appreciate the NetBeans promise of true platform independence. "Its multiplatform support is the best I've seen in any program!" commented Jose Alburquerque, a NASA Programmer. Per-Ola Lindell, Managing Director of PO Lindell Software Development, added, "I am a software development consultant and have been using NetBeans on both NT and Solaris - and I must say that I am impressed. This is the only tool I have seen that runs on both platforms (Unix and NT) and supports JDK 1.1 & 1.2. The tool has a very user-friendly and nice design, and it is my tool of choice. I will gladly recommend NetBeans to my customers."

NetBeans Developer is a programming tool for software developers who want to design and build powerful, cross-platform applications - on any platform. NetBeans was designed for the Java platform and features sophisticated support for visual development of JFC applications. It is a powerful development tool that is easy to learn and intuitive to operate.

NetBeans Developer combines support for all stages of application development including visual design, coding, compiling, and debugging in a comprehensive visual programming package. It is available in two versions which run on all platforms that support JDK 1.1 and 1.2, respectively, including Windows 95/98/NT, Linux, Solaris(tm), HP-UX, OS/2, AIX, SGI Irix, and others. The IDE is based on JFC and JavaBeans Components, and all parts of the IDE are actually themselves JavaBeans. The result is an IDE where the user can fully customize the interface, modify component behavior and easily add new components.

The next version of Developer (codename Gandalf) will fully support the Java 2 platform including JDBC support, a new editor, more advanced debugging, drag 'n drop, Beans enhancements, collections, image processing, printing, and more. In addition, a set of Open APIs will be the introduced to allow third parties to customize NetBeans and create tightly integrated add-ons.

NetBeans Enterprise will allow teams of developers to build full-scale distributed Java technology-based applications. In addition to the features of Developer, Enterprise will feature several additional modules: Version control systems support (integration with multiple vendors); database connectivity - JDBC; Enterprise JavaBeans support - EJB; distributed computing support - RMI and CORBA; and directory services - JNDI.

The next edition of Developer as well as Enterprise will be released as Beta versions early in Q2, 1999, and are scheduled to ship later in the quarter.

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