Sun Microsystems Jan. 25 announced the availability of its Sun Java Studio Creator 2 development tool for visually creating and deploying Web applications.
Dan Roberts, director of developer tools marketing at Sun, said Creator 2 is aimed at Visual Basic developers, developers who have used fourth-generation languages, and new developers who want “to be able to build full Java applications that can be used with existing Java infrastructure.”
The focus of Sun Java Studio Creator 2 is on building rich Internet applications, Roberts said.
The new version is based on the latest release of Sun’s NetBeans open-source integrated development environment, NetBeans 4.1. NetBeans 4.1 provides version control support, code refactoring and improved support for Ant-based projects. Creator 2 also features a new set of JSF (JavaServer Faces) components.
Meanwhile, the product supports AJAX in different ways, Roberts said. “You can use it [AJAX] a couple of ways,” he said. “You can use JSF components to encapsulate AJAX APIs.” This enables users to create mashups by wrapping existing services to build applications. In addition, Sun is releasing a set of new AJAX components that developers can use to build applications, Roberts said.