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April 1, 2004

Developers take compiler challenge on Solaris and Linux

The next version of Sun Microsystems Inc's enterprise-level development environment will see improvements to boost performance of Solaris applications on Intel.

By CBR Staff Writer

Company vice president of developer tools and Java software Rich Green said Solaris code compiled in the forthcoming Sun Studio runs up to 40% faster than code compiled using the open source, GNU-licensed gcc compiler.

Green said: The compiler technology is moving to Intel for Solaris on Intel and Linux on Intel, that’s a big message.

We are fast and we can get faster. It can provide an enormous differentiation factor, so we get more performance.

Studio 9.x is due this summer, having been massively re-constructed during the last 18 months according to Green. Updated compiler technology is among the changes for the suite, used to construct C/C++, Fortran and Java applications, for Solaris SPARC, x86 and Linux.

In making code execute faster using Sun’s own compilers, Sun is attempting to differentiate its developer offerings against free alternatives from Linux and open source.

Additionally, by making Solaris applications running on Intel compile faster than Linux applications also running on Intel, Sun hopes to persuade developers and users to stay with its Unix platform rather than switch to Linux for performance reasons.

Meanwhile, Sun is preparing to release an updated set of application development tools for building mobile applications. Java Studio Mobility will be made available next month, featuring ability to build using MIDP, CLDC and the JTWI – the latter is a set of core specifications for Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) applications that uses a core set of APIS for increased portability of applications across manufacturer’s different handsets.

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Java Studio Mobility also exposes connections to the server as Enterprise Java Beans (EJBs) and web services for developers to connect a client-side application to the server.

This article is based on material originally published by ComputerWire

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