Sun Microsystems has released the latest version of its Forte Developer 7 integrated development environment (IDE).
The company claims that it will simplify the incorporation of C, C++ and Fortran applications into Sun Open Network Environment (Sun ONE).
The updated software has a new graphical user interface based on Sun's open source NetBeans Tools Platform, as is the Forte for Java IDE.
At the launch of Sun ONE last February, the company committed itself to providing a single interface into one multi-language IDE covering both products within 12 months.
Simon Holloway, Sun's business solutions manager for northern Europe, said: "Although there are two products they use the same [NetBeans] development environment."
General customer availability will be in one to two months, he said, but a single merged product will take about six months.
Forte Developer 7 is designed to help companies migrate legacy applications written in these languages to a web services architecture without the need for re-coding.
Among a host of other changes are improvements to Performance Analyser, Visual C++, Fortran (including the shortly to be released F2K Fortran standard), and C support.
For C++ there is now support for the open source Standard C++ Library and a subset of the OpenMP C 1.0 standard. A Native Connector Tool is used to wrap C++ functions and data objects to present them as Java classes.
Performance Analyser, which isolates code problems and helps fine tuning, now handles Java HotSpot virtual machine, one of the core components of the Java 2 Standard Edition. It does this by allowing performance profiling of Java code including Java-wrapped C++.
In its Early Access programme Sun has made the software available to current users in order to receive feedback before full release. It runs on Sun Solaris 8.
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