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Sun Microsystems Inc looked to both its enterprise past and web services future, announcing updated application development tools plus technologies to simplify programming in Java.

The company used its JavaOne 2003 conference to announce Project Relator, part of the planned Project Rave. Relator assists the development of user interfaces (UIs) for desktop and server application displayed on mobile, Java-based devices.

Relator will import UI designs built in software such as Adobe Systems Inc's Illustrator, creating an interface flow and then attaching Java code to provide the business logic. Relator is expected to be available in the middle of 2004.

Relator will help to provide Rave with some of the drag-and-drop development capabilities touted by Sun. Rave, demonstrated at JavaOne, is the company's planned Java Server Page (JSP)-based programming environment that Sun hopes will to make the construction of Java applications easier for individuals whose primary skill lies in scripting languages or who are simply discouraged from using Java because of the language's complexity.

Rave is not targeted at the Enterprise Java Bean (EJB) crowd, who will instead use Sun ONE Studio or tools from other ISVs.

Instead, those developers can now get their hands on Studio 5.0. This edition includes Java APIs for web services that were previously available under the Java Web Services Developer Pack 1.0. APIs support remote procedure calls, security and message attachments among other capabilities.

Studio 5.0 is also available as part of Sun's NetBeans 3.5 tools framework, which supports Java Development Kits (JDKs) 1.4.0, 1.4.1 and 1.4.2 and added debugging, tag libraries and monitoring HTTP requests.

Studio 5.0 is optimized to deploy to the most current version of Sun's One Application Server, version 7.0, Platform and Standard Editions. Sun said the planned Enterprise Edition of its application server is due this summer.

Sun, meanwhile, said the delayed Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) is inching closer. A second beta of the J2EE 1.4 Software Development Kit (SDK) that supports the Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) organization's Basic Profile 1.0, was released.

The company also released Java Web Services Developer Pack (Java WSDP) 1.2, providing early access to web services specifications, tools and Java APIs that will be implemented in future versions of the Java platform.

Features include Jax-RPC 1.1, XML Data Binding API, WS-Security and Universal Business Language along with code samples and best practice guidelines.
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