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September  1997
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Sun to ship Java WorkShop 2.0

San Francisco (September 11, 1997) -- Tomorrow Sun Microsystems Inc. will release the latest upgrade to its Java WorkShop development tool. Version 2.0 will support JavaBeans development as well as the Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.1.

Workshop evangelist Jeff Anders says the browser interface used in version 1 has been dropped in favor of a "more traditional IDE (Integrated Development Environment)," following comments from users.

Another user complaint, WorkShop's sluggish performance, has been addressed with a newly tuned virtual machine as well as a rewritten version of the Javac compiler. Anders says to expect a 10-15 fold performance increase, "depending on the application you're building."

J.P. Morgenthal, an analyst with research firm NC.Focus says WorkShop is more impressive when combined with Sun's other development tools, Java Plan and Java Studio. "The three [tools] really go hand in hand," he says. With Java Plan as a modeling tool, Java WorkShop as a JavaBean generator, and Java Studio as the environment where Bean components are put together, "it becomes a powerful tool for enterprise development," says Morgenthal. On its own, he says, Java WorkShop is "an average environment."

Java WorkShop 2.0 will be available for download at Sun's Web site tomorrow, with packaged CD versions shipping a month later, according to SunSoft's director of sales and channel support, Nelson French. The download version will cost $89. The CD will sell for $99.

--Robert McMillan, SunWorld


Sun buys France's Chorus in move into embedded systems

Paris (September 10, 1997) -- Sun Microsystems Inc. today announced its intention to buy the software technologies, products and brands of Chorus Systems SA, a French supplier of operating systems for telecommunication networks and intelligent devices.

Subject to certain undisclosed conditions, the deal will make Chorus a part of a new business group at Sun called the Embedded Systems Software group. Sun's JavaOS development and marketing team will be included in the new group.

The group will focus on producing open sysem software solutions for the embedded market, from small devices to supercomputers. Jim Hebert, the group's general manger, will lead the Embedded Systems Software group in providing systems and software for everything from embedded appliances to distributed network communications, Sun said.

Sun wants to acquire Chorus as part of its expansion into the embedded systems software market, an expansion that has included the recent acquisitions of Diba Inc. and Integrity Arts, the company said.

Once the deal closes, Chorus products will become part of Sun's product line. Chorus is a spin-off from the French national research institute, INRIA, and is based in St. Quentin-en-Yvelines. Its North American office is in Campbell, California.

--Jeanette Borzo, IDG News Service, Paris Bureau

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