Itinerary Web collaboration software gets new API
Contigo Software announced a new set of APIs for its Itinerary Web Presenter software at the JavaOne conference. These new APIs will enable Java developers to build new applications to work with Itinerary, a Web site presentation and collaboration package. The APIs also will make existing apps usable with the Itinerary engine.
With Itinerary, anyone can become a "pilot" when using a Java-enabled browser and take "passengers" on a tour through a live Web presentation, through multiple sites, even if the pilot and the passengers are in different locations.
Black Dirt unveils VB-to-Java converter
Black Dirt Software unveils Convert 1.0, a Visual-Basic-to-Java conversion tool. With Convert 1.0, VB developers can directly translate VB screens into Java source code, complete with examples and a hefty bit of online help. The software also includes sophisticated Java classes for tabbed dialogs and VB-style frames, as well as features for creating email surveys.
These Java classes are available with Convert 1.0.
- BDTab: A tabbed dialog box
- BDFrame: A VB-style frame
- BDPanel: For picture boxes, images, and panels
- BDLayout: A layout manager that repositions and resizes
Convert 1.0 is available immediately for purchase and electronic delivery. The price is set at 9.99.
Neuron Data brings you Jewels and Joy -- 2 new dev tools
Neuron Data's two new Java development tools attempt to meet the needs of developers desiring scalable, robust user interfaces and business rules to provide customizable, built-in intelligence in Internet applications, including intranets and extranets. And they're named Joy and Jewels.
The Joy tool allows the developer to produce commercial quality, high-performance Java GUIs that will run on any Java platform and browser. JOY is made up of advanced class libraries that deliver a single development environment for GUI prototyping to distribution.
Jewels is an easy-to-use functional and scaleable business rules engine that is composed of high-performance, advanced class libraries written completely in Java. Business rules are increasingly recognized requirements for quickly and flexibly adding organizational knowledge and procedures to computing systems. By downloading rules embedded within applets, developers can distribute customizable applets which implement business rules.
- Jewels: http://www.neurondata.com/Products/Joy/jewels.html
Integrix adds Java GUI to servers and subsystems
Integrix announced it has added a Java-based GUI to its server and storage subsystem product lines. The new GUI, when combined with Integrix's DM100 diagnostic monitor, gives ISPs a way to manage servers, networks, and storage subsystems from any node on the network. They can even manage remotely through the Internet and intranets. Jason Lo, president of Integrix, says, "The addition of the Java GUI to our server and storage product lines will enable the system administrator to monitor the network from any PC, SPARCstation, network terminal and via the Internet. It also gives ISPs with a large number of POP sites the ability to manage server farms remotely 24 hours a day."
The GUI runs under Solaris, Windows 95 and NT, and is available for the Integrix NS200, RS1 170, and RD10/25, and will be a standard feature on future additions to the lines. It supports the Integrix DM100, a complete diagnostic monitor which displays system conditions, such as temperature, fan health, and power supply. Local configuration can be achieved through onboard LCD display and terminal interface.
Get the GUI now with the NS200, RS1-170, and RD10/25.
Roaster Technologies debuts version 3 of its Java Mac IDE
Roaster Technologies (a recent spin-off of Natural Intelligence Inc.) debuts the non-developer version 3 of Roaster, its integrated development environment (IDE) for Java on the Macintosh. Some of the new features include
- The ability to create standalone Macintosh applications and applets easily, leveraging the features of the Mac platform.
- Easily created cross-platform zip files from Java classes.
- A central location for frequently used class libraries that makes them visible to the entire environment.
- The ability to add custom Java-based compilers.
- Hundreds of example applets and applications with source code, including a fully functional Web server written in Java.
- A wizard for creating new projects.
- The ability to launch AppleScripts from Java.
Developers (or non-developers) can order Release 3 from the Roaster site with an array of bundled goodies at a special introductory price of 9.
Headspace licenses audio engine to JavaSoft
Headspace Inc., a creator of Internet software technologies for music and sound, has licensed its audio engine to JavaSoft, making it possible fore JavaSoft to add high-quality sound and interactive music to Java.
"We were eager to bring a monumental leap in audio quality to Java applications," commented Jon Kannegaard, VP of software products at JavaSoft. "With Headspace, we've found an ideal solution. It's high-quality, platform-independent, and completely software-based, giving you capabilities you would only normally get by spending hundreds of dollars on a high-end, 32-bit wavetable sound card."
The Headspace audio engine, which is not hardware-dependent, should dramatically improve the quality of audio in the Java virtual machine (JVM). The new sound engine will allow any Java platform to play high-quality sound effects, voices, and music. It also is network-aware, allowing sound and music samples to be efficiently assembled from servers, client applications, or hard drives, and dynamically controlled at run time.
Sun plans to take "Java Everywhere"
At the JavaOne Worldwide Developers Conference, Sun outlined its overall Java market strategy -- to make Java available on devices as big as supercomputers and as small as smart credit cards. Sun plans to take Java into corporate data centers with the Java Platform for the Enterprise, a suite of technologies and products surrounding the new Enterprise JavaBeans initiative. This initiative provides a way to design small program elements that can easily combine to build powerful corporate applications.
Sun also demonstrated how PersonalJava and EmbeddedJava will fit into its mission by illustrating that Java performs equally well in small devices such as PDAs, copiers, and smart cards. PersonalJava extends Java to devices that have displays but no keyboards, such as TVs and photocopiers. EmbeddedJava extends Java to devices with embedded microprocessors and limited memory, such as pagers and cell phones. And JavaCard brings Java to smart cards.
"There has never been a software platform with the power and flexibility of Java," said Alan Baratz, president of JavaSoft. "We've defined a new software industry and are opening the door for developers to a new opportunity of unprecedented proportions." Some of the changes Sun intends for Java are a more flexible security model, dramatically improved performance, and the new comprehensive Java Foundation Classes (JFCs), which help developers select the look and feel of their applications.
Sun chooses KeyLabs for Java certification
Sun has chosen Utah-based KeyLabs Inc. to be the certification administrator of the 100% Pure Java initiative. Using tools developed by SunTest, KeyLabs will validate that Java applications comply with the Pure Java specification. Certified applications earn the right to feature the Pure Java logo, so purchasers know they run on a Java-compatible system.
"KeyLabs, with its extensive background in independent network testing and certification programs, is an ideal partner for the 100% Pure Java program," said George Paolini, director of corporate marketing at JavaSoft. "One of our goals was to guarantee that testing and certification were accomplished in an open and objective manner. As an independent and highly reputable firm, KeyLabs is uniquely suited to the task."
"We are excited to participate in this significant industry initiative," said Jan Newman, president and CEO of KeyLabs. "The 100% Pure Java logo is destined to become a brand name that is synonymous with quality for the next generation of software. This will represent tremendous value for developers and serve as a very competitive marketing tool."
KeyLabs will review applications submitted directly to the company by developers. Developers file a certification fee that entitles them to a license for the same tools that KeyLabs will use to test the product. That way, developers can test their products before submitting them for certification. The certification fee is ,150 per application, and the certification process will take 5 to 10 days once the application has been submitted to KeyLabs. The testing will include both a static code purity test and a dynamic multi-platform test featuring hardware platforms provided by IBM, HP, Apple, and Sun.
For the first 90 days of the program (from April 2 to June 30), developers receive a 00 discount for each application submitted. Developers can register for certification online.
Magic trick: Sun changes old PCs into NCs
With JavaPC, Sun Microsystems introduces a software technology that converts older DOS PCs into network computers.
"JavaPC is revolutionary," said David Spenhoff, director of product marketing at JavaSoft. "There are 181 million eligible PCs in the marketplace. JavaPC takes these complex machines and converts them into network computers that require almost no software maintenance and provides access to data anywhere. JavaPC lets corporations leverage a whole new computing paradigm with a simple software upgrade."
"Eligible" PCs include 486 or Pentium machines. The JavaPC software includes HotJava Views (user software with email, scheduling, browser, and name directory access apps), the Java virtual machine, and Java class libraries. The software should be available in fall 1997 for under 00.
Sun releases HotJava browser and JDK in Japanese
HotJava Browser 1.0 Japanese Edition and JDK 1.1.1 Japanese Edition are Sun's first Java development tools that have been localized for the Japanese market. Sun also announced the first draft specifications of the Java Input Method API (which should help developers to create sophisticated Java apps for Asian markets) will be available for comment sometime in the second quarter of this year at http://java.sun.com/.
JDK 1.1.1 Japanese Edition is the result of collaboration between Sun, Fujitsu, and Toshiba. The Java Input Method API draft specification was jointly developed by Sun, Justsystem, Apple Japan, and Omron. "We're excited to announce two firsts today -- our first localized Java products, which are also Sun's first Java products specifically for the Japanese market," said Jon Kannegaard, VP of software products at JavaSoft.
Sun's Japanese products should make it easier for developers to write applets and applications directly in Japanese. The appletviewer, localized documentation, the ability to use Japanese directly in the source code, the ability to generate documentation in Japanese from the source code, and the ability to view error messages in Japanese are examples of the functionality this localization provides to Java developers in Japan.
HotJava Browser 1.0 Japanese Edition is the first browser written entirely in Java for the Japanese market. Developers can customize the browser for dedicated applications such as information kiosks and customer self-service stations, displaying a graphical user interface that is entirely in Japanese.
The localized JDK and HotJava Browser will be available in the second quarter of '97.
HotJava Views 1.0 ships to OEMs
Sun's HotJava Views 1.0 is now shipping to network computer manufacturers for direct integration into their network computer (NC) devices. HotJava Views 1.0 is a Web-top environment that allows network computer users to access files, email, calendar, and other tools from any desktop device connected to the network.