JavaWorld News Briefs (updated 9/5/96)

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Apple Computer to support Java

in its MacOS

Bessemer Venture Partners funds new Java-based startup

Bugs affect Navigator 3.0 and Internet Explorer 3.0

BulletProof announces JDesignerPro

Creating Media releases Plug-In Playlets version 1.5

Database tool makes use of Java

Dimension X plans for new release of Liquid Motion with Internet Explorer 3.0

False alarm sounded by Finjan Software regarding hostile applet

Free evaluation kit from Active Software

IBM moves to Java for OS/2 development

Innovative Software releases Object Engineering Workbench for Java

InterNIC tightens domain name security

"Java: Beyond the Buzz" at upcoming IMA Expo

KL Group ships Java table components

Maximized Software announces Web server utility module

Microline Software introduces toolkit

Microsoft announces availability of new technology

Microsoft launches Internet Explorer 3.0

Natural Intelligence and EveryWare Development form partnership;

provide database connectivity software

NCD adds Java to its Network Computer and PC-X software

NetObjects introduces Fusion; JavaSoft and Netscape sign on

Net-Scene announces Point Plus plug-in for Netscape Navigator

NewTek announces porting agreement with Sun Microsystems

SunSoft readies release of Java WorkShop

O'Reilly announces Web-based, pre-publication version of JavaScript book

Penumbra Software ships visual Java development environment

Sun's Java applet tag included in HTML 3.2

Symantec releases Cafe tutorial

Symantec upgrades Cafe Version 1.5 for Windows; Supports Netscape ONE

TransactNet unveils Java tool for automating the Web

Trusted Information Systems enhances Gauntlet Internet Firewall

Versant and SunSoft drive object standard;

ODMG endorses proposal for ODBMS and ORB integration

Trusted Information Systems enhances Gauntlet Internet Firewall

Trusted Information Systems Inc. (TIS) announced new capabilities in its Gauntlet Internet Firewall. Version 3.2 of the software includes the Java Guard option, which blocks Java code from passing the firewall, support for strong user authentication for controlled Web access, central firewall management, and support for mobile users. Enhancements for new applications include support for Sybase database access.

Java Guard gives Gauntlet Internet Firewall users the option of reliably preventing outsiders from using Java code maliciously against protected networks. Java Guard, when activated by the network manager in a Gauntlet Internet Firewall, simply blocks all Java and JavaScript code from crossing the firewall. Gauntlet Internet Firewall is the first proxy firewall to offer Java blocking. Firewalls that rely on packet filtering cannot effectivively block Java.

The Gauntlet Internet Firewall Version 3.2 is available now for BSD/OS, HP-UX, and SunOS platforms. List price is 1,500. TIS offers discounts for upgrades of its previous firewall versions.

http://www.tis.com

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Bessemer Venture Partners funds new Java-based startup

In a recent announcement, Bessemer Venture Partners, a VC firm located in Menlo Park, CA, contributed funds to the cofounders of VeriSign and a team of engineers made up of former employees of Apple, JavaSoft, and Oracle. The funding has helped launch an Internet startup company currently named Internet Startup; this company is using Java to build software infrastructure that makes networked applications ubiquitous. Bessemer Venture Partners invests in private, high-tech startups.

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NetObjects introduces Fusion; JavaSoft and Netscape sign on

NetObjects announced Fusion, a Web publishing application that gives users visual control over the design and production of their Web sites. Instead of creating separate HTML pages and connecting them together to build a site (as with Microsoft's Front Page and Netscape's Gold with LiveWire Pro), Fusion takes a macro, site-oriented approach, combining automatic site building, design, and data publishing features. An integrated set of modules is included with Fusion, including SiteArchitect Editor, PageDraw Editor, SiteStyles Manager, SiteAssets, and SitePublish.

Approving of the method NetObjects' Fusion uses for integrating Java applets in Web sites, both JavaSoft and Netscape have signed comarketing agreements. "NetObjects' visual support of Java, and its active support for open standards, will further Java's acceptance as a rich media component of innovative Web sites. I believe that NetObjects will play a significant role in helping professionals build better Web sites and am, therefore, excited about our cooperation," said Lew Tucker, director of corporate and ISV marketing for JavaSoft.

Running on Windows 95 and NT, Fusion will ship in September and will be priced at 95.

http://www.netobjects.com

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IBM moves to Java for OS/2 development

The latest version of the 32-bit OS/2 Warp OS is just weeks away from shipping, and IBM is giving software developers a clear directive to start using Java as the development environment for OS/2.

IBM is willing to reconfigure its OS in almost any way necessary to make it a better Java platform, including adding support for non-IBM object request brokers (ORBs) if necessary, said IBM's John M. Thompson, senior vice president and group executive at IBM, in Somers, N.Y.

"If Java were to incorporate some other ORB than SOM [Systems Object Model], and it's an industry standard, we will support it. If there is some other architecture [besides IBM's SOM] that our customers want, and it is an industry standard, we'll support it," Thompson said.--Tom Quinlan, InfoWorld Electric

http://www.austin.ibm.com/pspinfo/os2.html

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NCD adds Java to its Network Computer and PC-X software

Network Computing Devices Inc. (NCD) announced its plans to add support for applications written in Java to its Network Computer (NC) operating system and PC-X server software. Users of NCD's Explora and HMX lines of NCs and PC users running NCD's PC-Xware remote application access software will be able to access Java applications. According to company officials, these Java enhancements will be available in December.

The addition of Java application support to NCD's NCs will allow users to simultaneously access Windows and Java applications running at the server. Users of PC-Xware will be able to add Java programs to the list of applications they can access from their PCs over the network running on Windows NT and Unix servers, as well as on minicomputers and mainframes.

In addition to upgrading NCDware with Java support and delivering it with the Explora and HMX lines, NCD will make available a software program that will add Java support to existing Explora and HMX models.

Pricing for the new Java-capable versions and upgrades has not yet been determined, but the company expects to make more announcements about the product before the December release date.--Diane Frank, InfoWorld Electric

http://www.ncd.com

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Microline Software introduces toolkit

Microline Software's View Toolkit contains advanced user-interface objects for Java and Netscape's Internet foundation classes (IFC). The toolkit includes GridView, TabView, TreeView, and Progress objects. A limited version is available for download off Microline's Web and FTP site.

http://www.mlsoft.com

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Net-Scene announces Point Plus plug-in for Netscape Navigator

Net-Scene announced its PointPlus plug-in for Netscape Navigator client software. PointPlus interacts with other objects on the Web page using the Netscape LiveConnect framework. Netscape LiveConnect is a framework that enables communication and interaction with other live objects on a Web page such as plug-ins, Java applets, JavaScript scripts, and HTML elements to create Web content. Net-Scene's Point Plus Plug-in users are able to easily publish PowerPoint presentations into content that can be uploaded to intranets and the Internet via Netscape Navigator Gold.

Net-Scenes PointPlus plug-in (less than 100 kilobytes) is available for evaluation free of charge by downloading it from Net-Scene's site. With a suggested retail price of 99 for the Point Plus plug-in, Net-Scene will offer an introductory price of 19, which includes the functional software, the users guide, and a registration form, good through August 30, 1996.

http://www.net-scene.com

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BulletProof announces JDesignerPro

BulletProof Corp. announced JDesignerPro, a Java-powered RAD tool for developing custom client-server systems in the Java language. With JDesignerPro Internet or intranet developers can quickly produce front-ends to all major databases. Users can quickly build internal database applications for human resources, account, order and inventory tracking, customer support, and more. JDesignerPro allows developers to customize the GUI, maintain access control, and build data forms, all without typing a single line of Java code. A fully working version of JDesignerPro can be downloaded free of charge from BulletProof's Web site.

http://www.BulletProof.com/JDesignerPro

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O'Reilly announces Web-based, pre-publication version of JavaScript book

O'Reilly has launched its Early Adopter Program, online books for readers who want early access to upcoming titles. Program members will have access to drafts over the Web. Some drafts will be featured in their entirety, others will be offered chapter by chapter as they're written.

JavaScript: the Definitive Guide, Beta Version is now online. With the large number of people using Netscape's JavaScript, documentation is needed. Now in beta, this book will serve as a definitive guide for the Navigator 2.0 and Navigator 3.0 versions of JavaScript. The first edition will be ready when Navigator 3.0 is released in final form. More information on this title and how it can be ordered can be found at:

http://www.ora.com/catalog/jscriptbeta/index.html

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InterNIC tightens domain name security

InternNIC has implemented a new program, Guardian, to make it difficult for anyone but an authorized party to change registration information. The system will keep unauthorized users from accessing key administrative information. Companies and Internet service providers can request "mail-from" security under which domain name information, such as key contact names and addresses, can only be changed from the authorized e-mail address. Users utilize "crypt-password," which requires users to have the right password if they want to change registration information.

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NewTek announces porting agreement with Sun Microsystems

NewTek, Inc. announced at Siggraph that NewTek and Sun Microsystems Computer Company (SMCC) have finalized a development agreement that will bring the next generation of NewTek digital video tools to the Sun, Solaris, and Ultra Computing environment. NewTek will utilize Sun's Java development language, and leverage its strengths in building easily portable tools and its ability to download applications across a network securely, to develop next generation Internet-based products. The target for these tools will be the large group of digital content creators and professionals in feature and broadcast video.

Java will play a major role in the creation of the NewTek product interface. The Java-based interface will allow people to do collaborative video editing and production over the Internet. The potential that the Internet provides video producers as a production resource will allow for unprecedented flexibility. Producers will be able to communicate with clients from remote locations and get immediate feedback on creative direction. Input from artists and creative directors can happen simultaneously from locations throughout the world. Delays and expensive re-shoots and re-edits will be avoided.

http://www.network.com

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TransactNet unveils Java tool for automating the Web

TransactNet Inc. unveiled the Web Interface Toolkit (WIT), which enables Java developers to quickly and easily build Java classes to access Web data and services from stand-alone or server-based applications, as well as applets. By combining an HTML parser with HTTP and CGI protocol support, WIT sets the stage for the next phase of Web application development: automated access to Web documents and services.

Comprising a set of Java class libraries, code generators, and an intuitive user interface, WIT can fully or partially generate Java applets, stand-alone applications, or "servlets". Java servlets built with WIT can be deployed to Java-enabled or Java-powered Web servers such as JavaSoft's Jeeves and the Netscape range of servers. The WIT class libraries, encapsulating HTML parsing, a Javascript compatible HTML document object model, and HTTP and CGI access, can also be used by Java developers directly.

WIT is based around TransactNet's Web Interface Definition Language (WIDL), an extension to HTML for computer-readable descriptions of data items enclosed within HTML page elements. HTML authors can develop pages that advertise and describe their contents in terms understood by business data-processing applications. Pages not under the developer's control can be represented in stand-alone WIDL files, and may include error trapping and validation specifications to guard against page modifications and errors in input data.

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