Sun Microsystems Inc. is currently holding its JavaOne Conference concurrently with Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco’s Moscone Center, and the company announced on Monday the release of an Early Access version of the visual development environment Sun Java Studio Creator for Mac OS X. Java Studio Creator includes Sun Java System Application Server 8 Platform Edition and the Java 2 Platform Standard Edition Software Development Kit. It features a data-aware user interface components that automatically connect to data sources dragged onto them, an event-driven coding model, easy access to Service-Oriented Architectures and more. It’s free with a Sun Developer Network Standard subscription, which is US$99 per developer per year, and Sun has announced that the subscription is included with the purchase of a 15- or 17-inch PowerBook.
The Early Access release of Java Studio Creator features a Sun Developer Network Standard subscription that expires Sept. 30. It requires Mac OS X v10.3.3, a 1 GHz G4, 1GB RAM and 310MB hard drive space. Supported Web browsers include Safari 1.2, Mozilla 1.6 and Internet Explorer 5.5, while supported databases include PointBase 4.8 Restricted Edition, which is bundled with Java Studio Creator, Oracle (81R3 and 9iR2), MS SQL Server 2000 SP3, Sybase ASE 12.5 and IBM DB2 V8.1.