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June 28, 2004—Sun Microsystems is releasing the source code for a user interface technology that provides users with a 3D view of their PC desktop, part of an effort to drive greater use of Java on PCs and other client devices.
"The client is back," said Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's president and chief operating officer, in a speech at the start of the JavaOne show in San Francisco Monday. He also previewed an upcoming version of Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition, the desktop version of the Java standard.
Called Project Looking Glass, Sun's interface technology was first shown a year ago. It should allow developers to build desktop user interfaces that are easier and more intuitive to use than traditional desktop windows, Schwartz said.
With Looking Glass, application windows are translucent and appear to hover on the screen. Users can stack, rotate, and flip the windows in whichever way makes it easier to find and view information they want to use. Enamored with the technology's gee-whizz factor, Sun plans to show it off on giant screens on street corners around San Francisco this week.
Looking Glass is for computers running Linux and Sun's own Solaris operating system. By offering the code under an open source license, Sun hopes to draw the attention of more developers, who it hopes will use the technology and improve it further. It plans to release a Looking Glass software developer kit in the coming months, officials here said.
Looking Glass is little more than a good-looking technology at the moment, but with its release to the open source community, it could be used in some interesting applications that could spur its adoption, said James Governor, principal analyst with Red Monk. And because the technology is open source, developers might be able to create a version for Windows, he said.
IBM and BEA Systems have also been promoting new desktop platforms recently, Governor noted—IBM with a project based on Eclipse, and BEA with an effort called Alchemy that aims to make the Web browser more useful by adding better caching and synchronization technologies.
"Schwartz said the client is back, but in fact the rich client is back," Governor said. The industry seems to be recognizing that Web portals, or personalized Websites with multiple content windows, aren't the easiest way to navigate through information, especially for consumers, he said.
Schwartz also highlighted the upcoming release of a new version of the Java standard for desktop applications. J2SE Version 5 is being targeted for release on September 30 and should provide better stability, performance, and ease of use than the current version, a Sun engineer here said. (Based on past releases, it would be version 1.5, but Sun has changed its numbering scheme to remove the decimal.)
J2SE 5 includes technologies for monitoring and managing the performance of Java applications, both within the JVM itself and at the application level, the engineer said. A key goal is ensuring that existing Java applications run in the new J2SE environment, he said.
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