News and New Product Briefs (November 29, 1999)

Motorola develops world-compliant chip

Motorola announced the world's first baseband processor that can execute all major existing wireless standards, including CDMA, GSM, iDEN, and TDMA, as well as satellite-based devices.

"The DSP56690 baseband processor, part of Motorola's DigitalDNA portfolio for wireless systems, integrates a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) core and an M-CORE microcontroller and is capable of delivering the processing performance to complete a modern wireless exchange," the company said.

The processor provides a large on-chip ROM memory space and a strong peripheral set that allow it to be configured to meet the needs of mid- to high-tier wireless applications, specifically those that take advantage of high data-throughput standards such as general packet radio service (GPRS) and WAP-enabled microbrowsers.

But the device architecture can be scaled down to low-tier applications when needed. According to Motorola, the architecture is expected "to take advantage of applications built around software standards such as Sun's Java."

The bulk of the DSP56690's processing duties are divided between a DSP56600 core running at more than 100 MHz and an M-CORE M210 32 bit microcontroller operating at more than 50 MHz. These two core processors communicate via a unique interface comprising a shared RAM memory block.

Limited samples of the development device and a development board are expected to be available late this year. High-volume production of the ROM-based DSP56690 is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2000.

More information on Motorola's DSP56690 is available at:

Sun grants early access to Solaris 8

Sun Microsystems is offering users the chance to preview its Solaris 8 operating system before its official release. Solaris 8 -- a second-generation 64 bit operating environment -- is available for Intel and SPARC processors.

The OS supports:

  • Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)
  • An almost infinite number of Internet addresses
  • 18 exabytes of memory
  • Up to a million simultaneous processes
  • Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition
  • Java Media Framework for streaming media
  • X server video enhancements
  • Synchronization for handhelds and other beeperlike devices
  • Networked realtime processing

The Early Access CD set includes the software and a free license, complete documentation, Appcert (an application certification tool), an unlimited license for StarOffice, plus other tools -- all for 9.99.

Appcert and other Solaris bin-compatibility tools for Solaris are available at:

You can order Solaris 8 Early Access at:

IBM creates interactive HotMedia for business

IBM Corporation has announced HotMedia 2.5, a tool designed to help companies create interactive online business media such as slide shows, videos, panoramas, and tours. According to IBM, HotMedia is the first rich-media Web technology to fully harness the power of Java.

IBM HotMedia 2.5 allows developers to synchronize HotMedia streaming audio with images for more interactive Web presentations and slide shows. A batch-processing feature automates the creation of large amounts of rich-media content.

The HotMedia player is composed of small (less than 10 KB) applets that are downloaded to the user on an as-needed basis. For this reason, no plug-ins or special server features are required.

HotMedia objects can be controlled from within the user interface. For instance, the slideshow feature works with any content or presentation product that can generate HTML or GIF/JPEG files.

In addition, HotMedia 2.5 includes:

  • Enhanced streaming audio with selectable quality for the optimization of bandwidth throughput

  • A new GUI for copy/paste and other functions on Windows and Mac

  • An API to customize navigation and playback controls

  • Image scrolling for advanced ticker effects

  • GIF transparency support for optimizing bandwidth and memory use

  • Floating tool tips for enhanced interactivity in rich media

  • User-specified time intervals for automatic transitions from thumbnail images

This newest release of HotMedia enables companies to integrate bandwidth-intelligent, high-volume multimedia with their existing systems. The software's new JavaScript Player Control API enables the tool to work with other objects in a Web application. It all runs on any Java-enabled boxes (including those with Mac OS, Windows 98/NT).

HotMedia 2.5 is scheduled to be released (and the price to be announced) on December 1.

eWave Engine app server available for free download

Unify's eWave Engine, which follows the Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 1.1 specification, is a pure Java application server devoted to ecommerce and Web portal sites.

"Our customers look to us to develop highly reliable, robust, and scalable solutions that will meet their ebusiness needs," said Danis Yadegar, president and chief technical officer of Arsin Corporation, a Silicon Valley ecommerce solutions provider. "Unify eWave will provide our customers with a standards-based, complete ecommerce infrastructure for bringing business-critical applications to the Web."

Here are a few of eWave's features:

  • An open, component-based, scalable modular architecture
  • Support for the J2EE specification, including JavaBeans 1.1
  • A Java/XML commerce component framework
  • Easy integration with existing enterprise business systems
  • Tools for building end-to-end ecommerce solutions
  • A Web IDE for site design and content management

The Unify eWave Engine began shipping in September. You can download it for free (and gain access to Unify's technical support) by visiting the company's product portal:

For more information on Unify's other products for solutions integrators, OEMs, and vertical packaged applications providers see:

KOPI offers a completely open source Java compiler

The KOPI suite from Decision Management Systems comes complete with a Java assembler and disassembler as well as extensive diagnostic tools.

KOPI consists of tools for editing and generating class files. Dis is a Java disassembler, ksm is an assembler, and kjc is a compiler of Java source code to byte code. The KOPI project also contains xkjc, a compiler for embedded SQL in JAVA.

The KOPI team is currently working on the last part of project -- a visual KOPI interface.

According to the vendor, "kjc is the only Java compiler fully written in Java that comes complete with support for the latest Java Language Specification from Sun." kjc also comes with Kaffe as its default Java compiler.

To download KOPI:

Cahners In-Stat Group assesses demand for wireless devices

In "Demand for Wireless Internet: Carrier Strategies" (report number MD99-04MD) Cahners In-Stat Group estimates that about 50 million people nationwide are already mobile and that they spend 20 percent of their working hours away from the office. The market for wireless devices is thus expected to grow.

Cahners In-Stat Group research report also contained these findings:

  • Users want to pull wireless Internet content themselves rather than have information such as news, stocks, and weather pushed to them at regular intervals throughout the day.

  • Web-clipping services will be very popular.

  • For push content, users want to receive news and weather most often; for pull content, users want access to one central contact database as well as access to location-based services.

  • Affordable fixed-rate prices for wireless Internet access are fundamental for achieving sizable adoption rates. Usage-based plans will be short-lived.

To purchase the report, have ,999 ready as you surf to:

New implements hang in

THWT Software recently launched, an ecommerce Web site that offers a collection of tools for Java application developers.

" will retail development tools for improving the production and efficiency of Java-based projects and provide ease-of-use applications for developers and end users," according to the company's Web site. "The site and product offerings represent technical solutions to challenges that THWT overcame in building first-class Java applications."

The site's first products include:

  1. SmartLayout -- a custom manager for component layouts
  2. JavaRunner -- an automatic application-update distributor
  3. THWT Widgets -- a suite of custom Java components offers a downloadable 30-day evaluation copy of all software development products, plus online versions of the product manuals and documentation.

InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition takes care of configuration

Zero G Software has announced the availability of its InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition. Written entirely in Java, the tool helps Java developers install and configure software on any Java-enabled system. It allows the user to distribute applications from any Java-enabled Web browser.

InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition features an open API (application programming interface) that allows developers to customize installations, so you can deploy rich client/server, thin client/server, and standalone applications.

The product can detect and report existing software installations, which is helpful for configuring heterogeneous clusters of servers.

Features in InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition include:

  • InstallAnywhere's Open API, which allows users to add custom interface panels or custom code actions to perform virtually any function before, during, and after an installation

  • Flexible serial number and password protection, which allows users to activate installation sets or control the installation of files and folders

  • The ability to search for existing files or folders on a user's system, which allows for upgrade-type installations over previously installed applications

  • The extraction of archives from a variety of formats during an installation, including zip, jar, StuffIt, and MacBinary

  • Support for 29 languages

The tool is useful for:

  • Creating a universal installer for multiple-platform software (Windows 9x/NT, Mac, Solaris, Linux, AIX, HP-UX, IRIX, Tru64, OS/2, and virtually any other Java-enabled platform)

  • Including a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) with an application's installation

  • Creating smaller and faster installations with SpeedFolders technology

  • Automatically building HTML-based Web installers

InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition is licensed on a per-developer, per-system basis and includes the creation of countless installers. You can order InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition from Zero G Software for ,995.

For 95 on a per-developer basis, you can also buy annual Zero G Software Developer Network (DevNet) support. It includes unlimited e-mail and telephone support as well as access to a password-protected Web site with customer discussion groups, downloadable custom code actions, case studies, and third-party software.

Hi Spy searches through PDF and HTML files on CDs

PHD Computer Consultants' Hi Spy, now in version 2.1, lets you put a PDF-file search engine on your CD-ROMs. The Hi Spy Java full-text search page also finds words in standard HTML pages and in text files on CDs.

Hi Spy replaces the search engine normally found on a Web server. Accessing a prebuilt search database, the Hi Spy search engine runs from the CD in the user's browser.

Annual licenses range from 50 (for 250 CDs) to ,000 (for an unlimited number of CDs). A source code escrow service is provided for confidentiality.

You can obtain Hi Spy from:

A 30-day evaluation copy is available from:

ProSyst lending Jini expertise to OSGI

The Open Service Gateway Initiative (OSGI) reports that ProSyst Software, a producer of Java application and Jini server technology, has joined the industry group, which works to define an open architecture for developing, deploying, and managing Internet services for differing client systems.

The implementation of the long-awaited OSGI standards for Java technology will enable service providers to link external and internal networks with Internet services and to integrate a wide range of end-user devices in the home and workplace.

According to the OSGI site, the OSGI specifications will supplement or extend existing standards, such as Bluetooth or Jini. ProSyst will contribute its know-how in modern Jini server technology.

The first draft of the OSGI specifications is expected early next year.

For further information about OSGI, visit:

ProSyst is online at: up and running

HotDispatch has introduced, a marketplace and online service for Java, Linux, and other programming communities.

Membership is free. You ("the requester") propose projects or post questions about technical problems. Then, the company site says, "Providers answer questions and undertake projects, making money on those they successfully complete. Member ratings allow users to develop reputations in the marketplace."

CEO Hazem Sayed says that "HotDispatch presents a new Internet model for knowledge exchange in which buyers and sellers of technical expertise meet in a buyer-driven, task-centric digital marketplace." He adds that plans to expand to a wide range of developer and end-user application areas.

To check it out go to:

O'Reilly conference to focus on enterprise-class applications

O'Reilly and Associates has announced a technical conference for developers of enterprise-class Java-based applications.

The four-day event will be held at the Westin Hotel in Santa Clara, Calif., March 27-30. It comprises two days of tutorial programs and a two-day multitrack conference.

Among the key technologies the conference will cover are:

  • Enterprise JavaBeans
  • Servlets and JavaServer Pages
  • Java and XML
  • Security in Java applications
  • Client-side user interfaces

Organizers say that the conference will provide Java programmers and enterprise application developers with a technically sophisticated and independent view of Java enterprise computing technology.

The O'Reilly Java conference program committee is accepting proposals for presentations in a wide variety of areas.

To submit a proposal or to provide feedback, visit:

For more information see:

JBee will buzz the Web for you

objectBOX's JBee 1.0 is a closed-source applet client that surfs the Web for applets, then allows you to cache, install, and run them without the need for a standard browser.

It will come in two versions: JBee free edition and JBee Pro Edition.

JBee free, available now, supports Sun JRE 1.1.6 and Microsoft JVM. According to objectBOX's Web site: "It's free, and will stay free. JBee free edition will be financed by advertising." Its features include:

  • Configurable caching
  • Proxy firewall support
  • Three built-in security levels
  • A built-in search facility
  • An easy-to-use configurable menu
  • Audio support
  • The capability of editing applet properties
  • The capability of creating applet desktops

Meanwhile, JBee Pro Edition will be available in the early days of 2000. Its creators say it will:

  • Be able to install applets from pages requiring HTTP authentication
  • Offer support for the HTTPS protocol
  • Cost 5 per license

To register for the free edition, visit:

O'Reilly publishes follow-up to 'Java in a Nutshell'

O'Reilly and Associates has released Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell, by David Flanagan, the same author who wrote the company's acclaimed volume Java in a Nutshell.

Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell is a quick reference for those writing applications that use graphics or GUIs. Along with Java Enterprise in a Nutshell, which focuses on the Java Enterprise API, and Java in a Nutshell, which covers the key nongraphical APIs in Java 1.2, the new volume completes a three-member set of quick references for Java programmers.

Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell -- geared to programmers working on server-side or enterprise Java applications -- includes quick reference material for all of the classes in the javax.swing and java.awt packages and their numerous subpackages. It also covers all the new JFC classes in the Java 2 Platform, as well as the existing Java 1.1 AWT classes.

Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference sells for 9.95.

For more information go to:

To preview Chapter 3, "Swing Programming Topics," go to:

Flip text files into HTML with AscToHTM

JafSoft has released AscToHTM 3.2, a program that converts plain text files to HTML.

Authored by John A Fotheringham, AscToHTM converts text files using text-recognition algorithms that detect the document's structure. These recognize headings, bullets, lists, indentations, URLs, tables, ASCII art, and more.

The company says that the resulting HTML accurately reflects the structure of the original document.

The software adds:

  • Hyperlinks to section numbers
  • URLs
  • Email addresses
  • Usenet newsgroups
  • Colors
  • Standard HTML headers and footers
  • Style sheets
  • JavaScript

The software generates a hyperlinked table of contents as it converts the text. It also keeps track of user-specified keywords and compiles them into a directory index of all the files being converted.

AscToHTM is designed for Web developers, for companies that want to move large structured or legacy text files to their intranet or Internet sites, or for anyone who wants to generate Web pages quickly.

The interface can be switched to German, Spanish, or Portuguese -- although the documentation is in English only.

The program is available as shareware for Windows 9x/NT for 0 for a single-user license (site licenses are also available), and as freeware for OpenVMS users and FAQ maintainers.

A 30-day trial Windows version can be downloaded from:

OpenVMS users can get their freeware at:

Norpath designs interactive authoring tool for nonprogrammers

Norpath Elements Professional by Norpath is an interactive authoring solution for developers that allows them to create intelligent diagrams, animations, simulations, and Web content without needing to learn a programming language.

The program consists of two elements: the Designer and the Viewer, bundled separately. The Viewer can be freely distributed. It is impossible to view Designer-based artwork without it.

Norpath Elements offers a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) environment in which developers can create diagrams and animations or add interactivity to documents. Norpath Elements provides templates and wizards to automate the creation of animations, special effects, and multimedia events.

Norpath Elements Pro will run on any system that supports the Java 2 Platform. The product is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2000 at a retail price of 49.

CSGuestbook lets your visitors sign in

CSGuestbook from is an open source Java servlet that enables Website users to sign and view multiple electronic guest books.

Features include:

  • One servlet handling many guest books
  • Many layout styles
  • The ability to be used with or without server-side includes

The servlet is available as a downloadable package that includes a readme file, the changelog file, those files needed to run the servlet, the full source, and demonstrations of how to use the servlet.

The servlet is distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). CSGuestbook supports Windows and Unix/Linux.

The support site has this to say on the subject of money: "Unlimited e-mail technical support is available on a per-servlet basis for 00." A support contract for 00, which covers all current and future servlets, is also available.

PointBase will be bundled with VisualCafÈ

PointBase has made an agreement to bundle the PointBase 100% Pure Java relational database with releases of Symantec's VisualCafÈ Java development tool.

Developers can now easily create Java applications that require relational database support at any level, from server to handheld appliance to network device.

VisualCafÈ applications written with PointBase's standards-based Java relational database can, thanks to this deal, be easily moved to any corporate database systems that support both SQL and JDBC.

The small-footprint PointBase bundled with VisualCafÈ offers:

  • Full relational database functionality

  • Integrated installation with VisualCafÈ

  • Data synchronization and near-zero administration

  • The ability to create extremely portable multithreaded applications that can function autonomously on a wide variety of platforms

  • Automatic configuration of the database as part of a developer's standard environment

  • Use of the standard VisualCafÈ interface to write, test, and debug database application code



ENTIGO Catalog! gives customized views of products

ENTIGO Catalog! from SegWay Internet Technologies helps vendors present user-specific views of customers' catalogs.

ENTIGO Catalog is based on the Java-based ENTIGO eGravity platform, which incorporates a JavaBean server, a servlet-capable Web server, and an EPC (event process chain) execution layer.

The product also enables customers to:

  • Retrieve realtime information
  • Be notified when new products become available
  • Personalize the catalog information according to their preferences

For pricing information, contact ENTIGO:

ISJE offers Windows-like installation

InstallShield Software Corporation announced the newest version of its cross-platform installation authoring tool for multiplatform software developers: InstallShield Java Edition (ISJE) 3.0.

ISJE 3.0, a direct upgrade from InstallShield Java Edition 2.5, gives a Windows-like feel to the installation of non-Windows software.

The company says that ISJE's new features -- including a more powerful IDE, platform pack architecture, one-step support for JVM bundling, and extended support for internationalization -- will give multiplatform developers greater control over the authoring process.

ISJE 3.0 supports any platform on which the Java Virtual Machine is present. It costs 95; the upgrade price is 95. collects Java tips

"Programming in Java is fun; programming better is much more fun," according to the newly launched site from Living Technology. The site is dedicated to Java tips.

Site features include:

  • A software gallery
  • An opportunity to submit software
  • An opportunity to submit a URL
  • Resources

You can sign up for customized Java spam, too!

UniCycle for Java maintains your VisualAge

Unity Software Systems has released the latest version of UniCycle for Java (Enterprise Edition), a maintenance tool for IBM's VisualAge.

The Enterprise Edition now has an ability to capture unhandled exceptions from servlets running on IBM's WebSphere 2.0 (a release for 3.0 is due shortly).

The Enterprise Edition of UniCycle automatically captures application, applet, and servlet environment information whenever an unhandled exception occurs. That captured information can then be used to diagnose and fix the problem that caused the exception.

You can view the captured information through any Web browser, thus speeding and improving the debugging process.

Download a trial of the professional version at:

TakeFive offers SNiFF+ for S/390

TakeFive Software has released SNiFF+ (version 3.2) for IBM's S/390 mainframe systems. The solution provides S/390 developers with the ability to browse and analyze large source-code applications in multilanguage and multiplatform environments. Developers can thus reuse, reengineer, recycle, and leverage existing software assets.

SNiFF+ is an IDE that gives unhappy S/390 developers:

  • Integrated editing and browsing
  • Cross-referencing and retrieving
  • Compiling and debugging (with remote access as well)

The S/390 integration tool includes support for SNiFF+J, TakeFive's Java software. It features code analysis, comprehension and debugging tools, multiple platform support, and a platform-independent dynamic application builder.

SNiFF+ runs on Windows, major Unix clients, and S/390 Unix Systems Services.

TakeFive currently offers a 10 percent discount on the new release.

Java proxy delivers Privada's anonymous e-mail

Privada has released Messaging Incognito, a service that protects users' personal privacy while sending anonymous e-mails. Along with the company's Web Incognito (an anonymous browsing service), it can be a user's Internet privacy solution.

Messaging Incognito is a bidirectional e-mail service that allows users to send and receive e-mail anonymously, without changing their POP3 e-mail application.

The private mail is delivered via PrivadaProxy -- free Java-based client software that protects the user's privacy from the moment the message leaves the user's machine.

Privada users identify themselves as e-mail recipients with an anonymous Privada ID and the IP address of the Privada Network. Because this IP address is not for an individual, it cannot be used to establish identity.

The PrivadaProxy software is free and available for the Windows 9x platform at:

The Messaging Incognito service is priced at per month.

SequeLink integrates business data for Java 2EE

MERANT DataDirect of London announced support for Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) 2.0 technology in its SequeLink middleware platform. Used for accessing and integrating data across the enterprise, SequeLink provides direct point-to-point connections across interfaces, platforms, and data-storage solutions and unifies them all on a single platform for easier accessibility.

Such integration should increase interoperability, flexibility, and performance -- and should help to improve the quality of applications built on the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition.

Support for the new JDBC 2.0 technology will be included in a version of SequeLink, currently in beta testing, scheduled for release early next year.

Sun sets up Asia fund

Sun Microsystems announced that it will establish an investment fund in Asia. With an estimated value of 8 million, the Asia Java fund will invest in promising start-ups that use Sun's Java technology.

Sun will provide 10 percent of the fund's capital. Japanese firms such as Mitsui and Company, Fujitsu, NTT Mobile Communications Network, and Jafco Company will also participate as investors.

Sun will begin selecting companies in which to invest in November.,1072,20176,00.html

Oracle readies e-business Integration Server

Oracle was planning to debut its Oracle e-business Integration Server, which allows XML-based integration, at the OpenWorld user conference in Los Angeles in mid-November.

The server, built in Java, handles data mapping, transformation, and routing -- the most important functions for preparing data for transmission between diverse applications.

The integration server runs on top of Oracle Advanced Queuing, Oracle's messaging middleware product.

A free version of the Oracle XML Developers Kit, developed in tandem with Oracle Integration Server, will also be made available to developers.

The tool supports C++, Java, and PL-SQL (Oracle's proprietary database scripting language). According to Oracle, the XML Developers Kit has been used internally to access the XML features of the Oracle8i database and Oracle Application Server.

Movex available for Unix

Intentia's new release of its flagship enterprise product, Movex, adds support for Unix. The Java-based Movex application system is already available for AS/400 and Windows NT.

According to Intentia, Movex will eventually be ported to Monterey as well as to other Unix platforms. A port to IBM RS/6000 machines running AIX 4.3.3 and DB2 is expected by the second quarter 2000.

The company says that the release indicates the importance of Unix in the market and may dramatically increase Intentia's customer base.

Beatnik and Mixman Technologies merge

Beatnik, specializing in interactive audio technologies and content for the Web, has merged with Mixman Technologies, purveyors of music-creation software for Windows and Macintosh.

The Beatnik audio engine, the industry standard for digital audio playback, is licensed for use in TV set-top boxes, Internet appliances, Web browsers, and Java sound.

That's relevant because sound is going to be ever more important on the Internet. The press release announcing the merger quotes a recent Jupiter Communications study: "80 percent of business executives interviewed [said] that audio will become a standard feature on the Internet within the next two years." The report also recommends that Websites adopt audio now. As Michael Moon, an analyst at Gistics Research explains, sound -- which can be used for everything from guidance to cueing to branding -- makes a site stickier.

The new company, which will retain the Beatnik name, will also control a large number of Web-enabled music selections ranging from Top 40 hits to professional music catalogs. Mixman cofounders Eric Almgren and Josh Gabriel will become the senior vice president of sales and label relations and the chief product officer, respectively. They will report to Beatnik CEO Lorraine Hariton.

Beatnik and Mixman will retain all employees of both companies.

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