Wednesday, June 6, 2007
The Sun Studio 12 software suite delivers high-performance, optimizing C, C++, and Fortran compilers. Studio 12 marks a really important jump from Sun Studio 11 as far as the environment itself is concerned. This is based on the more recent Netbeans 5.5+ and is an incredible tool. Through the Sun Studio Express program, and then through the Early Access program, I was able to experience firsthand all the enhancements and new features over the course of the last 5 months. The performance of the resulting compiled applications is really phenomenal, even on 64 bit AMD and Intel processors.
It is now the development environment to beat when it comes to native applications, under Solaris or Linux. Although there are currently no version under windows, I wouldn't be surprised if one did materialize. We've ditched MS Windows and MS Visual Studio on all desktops, and now enjoy increased productivity. Sun Studio 11 did provide the performance, but it didn't provide the level of user friendliness that Sun Studio 12 now provides. It is not perfect, but it is a really solid product.
Sun is on a roll, providing once again best in class software, but at a surprisingly low cost: free.
In the coming weeks, I will mention some specific tools or aspects of Studio 12, stay tuned.
As of today, you can download it here:
Sun Studio Download
or request a media kit here, for free (I will have to confirm if this includes the just released Sun Studio 12 or 11):