SUN DELIVERS NEXT VERSION OF THE JAVATM PLATFORM
JavaTM 2 Brand Unveiled
NEW YORK CITY December 8, 1998 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today
announced the availability of the JavaTM 2 platform, the
next release of the core Java technology (formerly code-named "JDKTM
1.2"). The Java 2 platform is the definitive environment for enterprises aiming to
build and install web-centric software applications that can run on a variety of
computers, servers and other computing devices. The new release provides significant
performance improvements, a new, flexible security model and a complete set of
Applications Programming Interfaces (APIs).
The Java 2 platform provides software programmers with the speed, security and
functionality that make it easier than ever to create interoperable, mission-critical
enterprise applications. The Java 2 platform is widely supported by the industry and is
being endorsed by hundreds of industry-leading companies worldwide (see quote addendum).
"Java 2 is the ultimate platform for businesses competing in the networked
economy," said Alan Baratz, president of Java Software at Sun Microsystems, Inc.
"Representing a major release of the Java technology, the Java 2 platform provides
the competitive advantage businesses need to leverage, protect and easily expand upon
existing investments. With the Java 2 platform, companies can streamline business
processes, take advantage of new types of business opportunities and compete in entirely
Developed in collaboration with the industry, the Java 2 platform represents the input
of close to 200 Java software licensees as well as tens of thousands of Java technology
"The new platform is truly the result of a unique partnership between Sun and the
industry," Baratz continued. "Sun's participative development process enabled us
to harness the energy and expertise of the industry to produce a powerful, `best-of-breed'
Java platform efficiently and rapidly. The Java 2 platform is the model for technology
development in a world of rapid change."
The Java 2 platform is available for immediate download at http://java.sun.com/products/jdk. See attached
summary for details on the new features of the Java 2 platform.
JAVATM 2 PLATFORM NEW FEATURES SUMMARY
The Javatm 2 platform provides a more flexible
security model, powerful performance enhancements, interoperability with other enterprise
systems, easier application development, improved globalization and even more consistent
The new features of the Java 2 platform include:
- Javatm Security Model
The state-of-the-art "sandbox" model has been expanded to give developers, users
and system administrators the option to specify and manage a set of flexible security
policies that govern which actions an application or applet can or cannot perform. The
Java 2 platform security model includes new features such as:
- Policy-based access control
- Certificate interfaces (X.509 V3)
- Performance Enhancements
New enhancements for improved performance and responsiveness in the Java 2 platform
- Native thread support for Solaristm operating
- Memory compression for loaded classes
- Faster memory allocation and improved garbage collection
- Pluggable virtual machine architecture for other virtual machines, including the
forthcoming Java HotSpottm VM
- New Just in Time (JIT) compiler
- Javatm Native Interface (JNI) conversion
- Javatm Foundation Classes (JFC)
The Java Foundation Classes are now core to the Java 2 platform and includes:
- The Project Swing set of GUI components
- Drag & Drop
- Java 2Dtm API which provides new 2D and AWT graphics
capabilities as well as printing support
- The Java look and feel interface
- A new Accessibility API
Enhanced Globalization in the Java 2 technology provides the following for a
- Input Method Framework (supports Japanese, Chinese, and Korean characters)
- Complex output using the Java 2D API to provide a bi-directional, high-quality display
of Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew and other character languages
- Javatm Plug-in
Java Plug-in for Web browsers, now included in the Java 2 platform, provides a runtime
that is fully compatible with the Java virtual machine through easy download and install
via widely deployed web browsers.
- Javatm IDL (Interface Definition Language) API
The Java IDL API offers standards-based distributed computing interoperability with CORBA.
The API includes the following features:
- Invoke operations or remote network services
- A fully compliant Java ORB is included in the runtime
- Java Database Connectivity 2.0 (JDBCtm 2.0)
JDBC provides easier access to data for more flexible queries. Improved performance and
stability are afforded by scrollable cursors and support for SQL3 types.
- Collections Framework
This new unified architecture represents and manipulates collections for development
efficiency and allows interoperability among unrelated APIs.
- The Java 2 platform is Year 2000-compliant; it is a stable, secure and powerful
environment for mission-critical computing for the next milennium.
For a comprehensive list of features and more information regarding Java 2
technologies, visit http://java.sun.com/products/jdk.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision, "The Network Is The ComputerTM,"
has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW), to its position as a leading provider
of high quality hardware, software and services for establishing enterprise-wide intranets
and expanding the power of the Internet. With more than $10 billion in annual revenues,
Sun can be found in more than 150 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://www.sun.com.