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Project Rave 1.0, Sun's New Visual Development Tool
Boosts Productivity for Java Platform Application Developers
June 16, 2003,
Volume 64, Issue 3

Sun has produced a tool for improving the productivity of JavaTM technology application developers. Sun's Project Rave has released the early access version of Rave 1.0 (its working name), a visual development tool.

Rave 1.0, which focuses on Web-based applications that access data bases and Web Services, principally through browser-based thin-client front ends, has among its features the following:

  • Simple drag-and-drop development of Web-based user interfaces
  • Simple drag-and-drop access to databases, applications, Web Services
  • Simple event-handler model allows business logic to target specific user actions
  • Integrated application architecture reduces development complexity
  • Property sheets reduce code complexity, make choices visible
  • Round-trip development synchronizes visual layout with source code
  • Simple single-install of tool, database, components, templates, examples

With Rave 1.0, developers can build a Java technology-based Web application (GUI, source code, connections) in less than an hour. Rave 1.0 is optimized for SunTM Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) server/developer products and interoperable with most third-party software. Support includes the developer program, Web tutorials, blueprints and developer chats.

Sun is also conducting a contest to give the official name to Rave 1.0. Fourteen qualified winners will earn $12,500 worth of prizes in the sweepstakes that runs from June 11 to August 15, 2003. Winners will be announced at the SunNetworkSM Conference in San Francisco.

No purchase is necessary to enter the sweepstakes, which is open to U.S. and Canada residents 18 or older. For complete official rules, including entry instructions and prize descriptions, early access notification and to guess the name:

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