By Larry Wake -Oracle on Nov 11, 2014
The latest release of Oracle’s #1 C, C++ and Fortran development environment, Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4, is now available for building world-class applications for Oracle Solaris and Linux systems. If you've been following along during the beta program, you already know that there are several significant new features, including support for C++11 and OpenMP 4.0.
There's also a complete redesign of the Performance Analyzer, providing a powerful window into the workings of your application with the ability to do remote and cross-platform analysis, simplifying your life as a developer and allowing you to create high-performance code from the client system of your choice, targeting SPARC or x86 servers.
Also sure to be on the top of any developer's mind (and if not, why not?) is code vulnerability protection. You want your apps to make a stir in a good way, which is usually not on CNN at the top of every hour. The Code Analyzer gives you the ability to detect and correct memory leaks and access issues before you unleash your code on the world. This is top-notch stuff found nowhere else, providing unique ways to increase code coverage and make your services more reliable.
And of course, the compilers' ability to deliver just plain flat-out application performance has always been a prime reason why developers choose Oracle Solaris Studio over alternatives, and this release has leading-edge optimizations for the latest SPARC and x86 based platforms, including Oracle’s SPARC M6 and T5 systems, and Intel Haswell-based systems. We've seen 4.8 times the performance on industry standard benchmarks compared to other compilers you might be using. Picking the right development tools can make a much bigger difference than you might have thought!
And... even though price might not be your most important concern, it's still kind of nice that all this is free to download, for production use and the development of commercial applications.