Sun's latest division, Suntest, will ship its first Java testing tools this month.
The new unit, which was set up last month with 35 staff, is an autonomous profit and loss centre within Sun's software organisation. Its team is currently based entirely in California but it will be extended to Europe in the coming quarter and its products will be available worldwide via Sun's established channels and, in the future, via its Web site.
The Suntest product set will include the Java code testing tools already used in the 100% Pure Java programme, which checks and brands third party products for compatibility with Java specifications. There will also be testing tools for specific Java features such as the virtual machine.
The first products on offer will be Javastar, which generates test Java scripts, and Javaspec, which allows developers to create self-documenting test suites for Java applications and libraries. Both these tools will cost around #1,500. There will also be two free tools, Purecheck - which test 100% Pure Java compatibility - and Javaspin, a stripped-down version of Javastar primarily for new users.
Suntest also plans to form alliances with other testing software makers to create suites for multiple language applications, according to marketing manager Joe Ols.
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