Developers getting information boosts for Java, .Net

Web sites featuring resources for developers on the Java and .Net platforms are being unveiled Tuesday in separate announcements.

On the Java side, Sun Microsystems will announce a consolidation of the multitude of developer sites now operated under the auspices of the Sun Developer Network. Sun resources for developers, including information pertaining to development on wireless and Solaris systems, now will be found at a free, single portal, at

"It is the destination for Sun developers to go get all the information," said Mike Bellissimo, senior director for the Sun developer outreach program.

As part of the consolidation, users will only have to register once and navigation has been made easier as well, according to Sun officials.

Sun also has added a feature called "Forum Watch," which notifies developers when information changes in a forum in which they have been participant. Forums function under a question-and-answer format.

Users also can set up or participate in virtual user groups on specific topics.

There have been 750,000 active participants in the Sun Developer Network since Sun reorganized it last June, reducing the number of access sites from 13 to six.

Additionally, Sun plans to announce the anticipated February launch of 2.0, a site that is intended to be independent of Sun and features hosted code. Developers can contribute to projects featured on the site, which Sun co-sponsors with O'Reilly & Associates and CollabNet. New in version 2.0 are enhanced project management and a community directory to make it easier for developers to find projects. Email filtering is being added as well.

In the .Net world, The Middleware Company is launching TheServerSide.NET, a free, online resource for enterprise .Net and architects and developers. A sibling of the company's site for Java developers, the .Net site will provide news, technical case studies, design patterns, and even satire for .Net developers while serving as a medium for knowledge exchange, according to the Middleware Company.

The company is expanding its reach to .Net in recognition of the development technology's presence in enterprises.

"The reality is that enterprises are heterogeneous, using multiple technologies," said Tyler Jewell, chief operating office at The Middleware Company.

Sponsors include Microsoft, Borland Software, and DataDirect.

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