By winston on Oct 29, 2006
As I mentioned in my earlier blog, Sun Java Studio Creator is soon to be released as Visual Web Pack (VWP) for Netbeans 5.5. A technology preview of the VWP will be available in early November. I'm really excited about this release, especially because the award winning web development techniques of Creator will be available side by side with other award winning technologies such as
- Matisse GUI designer for desktop application
- Enterprise pack for SOA application development
- Mobility pack for developing application for technology enabled mobile devices
- Native Language pack for languages such as C/C++
- Integrated Profiler for performance and memory analyses.
all in a single IDE and certainly would reduce the IDE confusion.
Making the Creator as Visual Web Pack for Netbeans 5.5 has several advantages.
- Creator user need not have to switch between different IDE's (Creator and Netbeans) to implement other technologies not included in Creator.
- There will not be a release lag between the two IDE's. Creator 2U1 is based on Netbeans 4.1, where as Netbeans 5.0 has been released already and Netbeans 5.5 will be released soon. Cutting edge technologies released in Netbeans will be immediately available for Creator users.
- Open sourcing Creator as part of Netbeans open source repository will allow curious and courageous users to stay in tune with bleeding edge technology.
- Integration to useful third party modules and contributed modules is easy and quick
Visual web pack being part of Netbeans 5.5 has the following advantage
- Supports both Java EE5 and J2EE 1.4 based web application development
- Support for simplified POJO based Java Persistence and EJB3 development
- Support for simplified Web Services development using JAX-WS
- Supports both JSF 1.1 (Creator 2U1 components) and new JSF 1.2 components
- Supports Glassfish (Java EE 5) and J2EE 1.4 containers such as Tomcat, JBOSS etc