Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Sun Web Developer Pack

Category: Java, jMaki, Library, PHP

The Sun Web Developer Pack isn’t a sexy name, and having ‘Sun’ start it out often doesn’t help a technology…. but there is some good technology here.

The Sun Web Developer Pack helps you to leverage emerging web technologies and techniques to create interactive and dynamic web applications for the enterprise. This toolkit is a collection of technologies for Ajax, Scripting and REST-based services development supported by a NetBeans plugin that simplifies the design and development of Rich Internet Applications.

If you look past the marketing-speak you see that Sun has packaged technology such as Project jMaki and Project Phobos.

jMaki is a lightweight, client/server framework for creating JavaScript-centric Web 2.0 applications. You can use jMaki when developing with PHP, Portlets, Facelets, Java, and JavaScript.

Do you see that? Since when did Sun create something that lets you develop with PHP :)

Phobos is a lightweight, scripting-friendly web application environment that runs on the Java platform.

Phobos allows you to write with JavaScript on the server side, which can be very powerful indeed.

There are a vast number of demos available including interesting mashups.

Sun Web Developer Pack

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:14 am

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AFAIK Sun did indeed work with Zend at least a couple of years ago, maybe more. At some point there was a surge of articles around the net about using PHP as the presentation layer for heavy J2EE applications. And the existing Java-PHP integration in PHP is the result of that collaboration.

Comment by Gonzalo — March 14, 2007

Yes, I think you’re referring to JSR-223 which has already been implemented in JDK6 and bridges java and several scripting languages including PHP.

Netbeans also has some PHP support, so it’s not really the first time Sun support PHP devs.

Comment by sialivi — March 14, 2007

I don’t think jMaki / Phobos get nearly enough credit for what they are doing. Javascript is a first class citizen that obviously hasn’t been included as an afterthought on some other tech.

It’s probably in a lot of our interests to see more things like this get recognized even if you don’t like the competition. . . ;)

Comment by Jesse Kuhnert — March 14, 2007

I already had my negative comment for the day, and I try to limit to one a day, but visiting the demo at this URL results in “The connection has timed out. Server at is too busy or unavailable…”.
So, while the underlying technology might be rock solid and good like the Java language, the implementation is about as bad (and as buggy) as Sun JavaOne online Registration application.

Comment by Kevin Hoang Le — March 15, 2007

Regarding the ‘negative’ comment about being rock solid, in fact I see this as a nice compliment as the number of people hitting the samples site is way bigger that the little machine hosting them.
Having a server ‘being too busy’ is something that Sun is very good at solving:-) Too much demand is always a good opportunity.

Comment by Ludo — March 15, 2007

Good website, I love this subject. I have worked too much about web security.
anybody has anyquestion please send message.

Comment by Homayoon — August 8, 2007

Wow thanks for the demo it really helps alot a developer like me,i will use some of them in future of my project , Great post and like the way u share all ur knowledge in simple style. BluePrints Java Pet Store 2.0 is really inspirational.

Comment by Steve M. — September 22, 2007

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