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Nifty Capabilities in Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8 Early Access, Part 5

Posted by marinasum on September 20, 2005 at 8:31 AM PDT

This is part 5 of a blog series on the superb capabilities new in Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8 EA. As indicated in part 1, I can't thank Nathan Fiedler of the IDE's development team enough for the input for this series.

Developer Collaboration: More Sharing, More Transparency

The developer collaboration capabilities in Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8 deliver significant enhancements, to wit:

  • Project sharing in addition to file sharing -- You can now share projects, for example, Web applications, Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) components, or Java applications, instead of only files.
  • Shared project compilation -- While collaborating, any of the participants can compile the shared project. The build output is visible to all participants.
  • Hosted collaboration service (share.java.net) -- In addition to private collaborations, you can now set up public ones, which others can look up and then join as either participants or observers only. You have absolute control on whether to allow observation, participation, or both.

Nathan's Take

In Nathan's words: "Collaboration in Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8 is nothing short of awesome. Not only does it support text formatting and color highlighting, all of which are familiar to developers, it also builds shared projects remotely and displays the output for everyone. Now that the collaboration capability is a part of the NetBeans project and since it supports extensions (collablets), it'll soar to a new height yet as the community extends collaboration to offer new communication channels, such as voice over IP."

Stay tuned for part 6 please.

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