Sun plans tool for building Web service apps

Sun Microsystems Inc. is working on a new tool for developers designed to automate some of the steps involved in writing Web services applications, a senior Sun executive said last week.

"In a couple of weeks, we will be announcing a breakthrough in programming techniques," Greg Papadopoulos, chief technology officer at Sun, said during a press briefing at Sun's offices here.

Sun plans to announce the new tool during its Feb. 6 conference for analysts in San Francisco. Details are vague at the moment, and other Sun officials declined to elaborate ahead of the announcement.

Papadopoulos said the tool will automatically generate lines of Java code for Web services-type applications, reducing some of the grunt work associated with writing new applications. It will also include features designed to improve the quality of code without altering the applications being written, he said.

Sun is trying to lure developers toward its Sun ONE (Open Net Environment) architecture for building and deploying Web services, and has touted Java as a key piece of Sun ONE.

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