Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to the establishment of open, industry standards, Oracle Corp. announced at OracleWorld the submission to the Java Community Process (JCP) of a new application programming interface (API) specification designed to enable the creation of standards-based extensions that are fully interoperable with any Java integrated development environment (IDE). In addition to reducing the time and cost of development, this new API is expected to increase the breadth of available tools and technologies that better suit the specific development needs of Java technology developers, third parties and the open source community.

Leading Java technology vendors Sun Microsystems, Macromedia, and JetBrains are the first to support Oracle's submission of this Java Specification Request (JSR) 198 – The Standard Extension API for Integrated Development Environments.

Today, developers and third parties are required to write separate add-ins for their tools to work with each Java tool vendors' IDE. The establishment of this new API as a standard will enable developers to write Java tool extensions once that can seamlessly integrate with any other standards-based Java IDE. The new JSR API submitted by Oracle is based on 100 percent Java technology standards, including Abstract Windowing Toolkit (AWT) and Swing for creating graphical user interface (GUI) application components, such as buttons and dialogs.

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