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CA's plans to divide the agents into three management levels, said Anders Vinberg, senior development VP. The first Java agent, the systems agent, will be out soon and will allow Unicenter to monitor and remotely manage Java servers and machines.
The second level is the API agents. CA is developing Unicenter APIs so third-party developers can construct Java application agents that will give Unicenter remote control abilities over specific applications at a granular level. Release timing on the APIs are not determined.
The third management level is Java virtual machine agents. These agents will let Unicenter watch and control Java operating systems events (like multiple threads) at a granular level. The company expects these agents to be available before 1999.
Before the end of 1997, Sybase has promised to offer Java support for its Adaptive Server Anywhere mobile desktop software to make it easier for application developers to program and deploy Java apps.
How? Developers normally couldn't reuse the server business logic (written in SQL) on the clients without having to rewrite the logic in Visual Basic or C. With Java support, business logic modules become reusable, similar to component-based logic.
Java support for the Adaptive Server Enterprise and Adaptive Server IQ is expected by late 1998.
The Java announcements surrounded the Sybase launch of its Adaptive Server 11.5 database during the week of September 19, 1997.
Microsoft detailed its approach to Web-based applications development at its recent Professional Developer's Conference. It seems the company plans to stroke Java lovingly with one hand while pulling Redmond-friendly alternatives out with the other hand.
And the alternatives that Microsoft pulled out for creating Web-based content include HTML, Dynamic HTML, and Extensible Markup Language (XML) technologies. Officials debuted HTML-based scripting tools, at the same time stuffing Java into the Microsoft toolbox as a high-level alternative to C++. Only advanced programmers need apply.
Java may be too much for some applications, intimated Tod Nielsen, Microsoft developer relations marketing general manager. "Dynamic HTML, along with XML, coupled with scripting, is by far the most pragmatic way to write cross-platform, client-side applications," said Nielsen. He also proposed Microsoft's COM-based scriptlets as an alternative to Java.
Tom Johnston, Microsoft group product manager for platform marketing, added that performance and compatibility issues will slow Java's acceptance. "The promise of Java is to write once, run anywhere. We can prove that that's not true, and it will get worse, not better," said Johnston.
Rockwell Avionics & Communications has developed the JEM1, a low-cost microprocessor that directly executes Java code, with no need for interpreters or compilers.
Initially designed for advanced avionics, the JEM1 is 0.5 microns thin, 6mm-squared, and requires relatively low voltage, making it ideal for hand-held devices, such as mobile NCs. The CPU includes an interrupt controller and two programmable timers with support for 32-, 16-, and 8-bit external data bus support. Pricing and ship dates were not available at press time.
On September 22, 1997, another shot was heard in the Microsoft/Java wars as Sun threatened to pull Microsoft's Java license.
Sun CEO Scott McNealy told a CNBC correspondent that Microsoft was close to violating its Java license agreement. Sun spokesperson Lisa Poulson said Sun is studying how Microsoft is using Java in its Internet Explorer (IE) 4.0 browser, to determine whether a violation to the licensing agreement exists. She wouldn't speculate on whether the only recourse would be to cancel Microsoft's license to Java.
According to Poulson, Sun would know about violations sometime next week. IE 4.0 is scheduled for release on September 30.
Finjan has garnered 0 million in support from investors to help it educate the market about Java/ActiveX security issues and to develop security products. The investors include Security Dynamics Technologies, RSA Data Security, Bessemer Venture Partners, Apex Investment Partners, RRE Investors, and CSK Japan.
"This financing will fuel our campaign to educate the market about Java and ActiveX security, and provide our partners in the Java Security Alliance with multi-layered solutions to secure enterprise intranets," said Shlomo Touboul, Finjan's CEO, president, and founder. "We now have the resources in place to distribute our software to an industry waiting to unleash the power of Java and ActiveX."
Finjan's Java Security Alliance (JSA) is a coalition of high-tech companies with the common goal of secure deployment of Java Internet technology for the enterprise, founded in January 1997. The JSA has as its members Cisco Systems, Raptor Systems, Trusted Information Systems, CheckPoint Software, Digital, Network-1, Milkyway Networks, Secure Computing, ANS Communications, and Aventail.
Borland International and Microsoft have settled a Borland-launched lawsuit that started on May 7, 1997, in Santa Clara County, CA. In the suit Borland alleged that Microsoft had hired 34 Borland employees over the past 30 months in order to steal Borland trade secrets.
This sort of lawsuit is not unusual in today's competitive world, but the scope of the charges is. In the suit, Borland claims Microsoft offered and delivered expensive lures to Borland workers. In two cases, incentives topping million. The suit also claimed that Microsoft used ex-Borland workers to lure more Borland employees.
According to the suit:
The market in question is software development tools: Microsoft owns about 60 percent of this market, and Borland is its closest competitor.
In a joint statement, Borland and Microsoft said, "We believe this settlement is in the best interest of both our companies. This settlement resolves any legal questions surrounding the lawsuit and allows both companies to move forward."
With that short statement, both companies have agreed to make no further comments on the settlement. Details of the settlement are confidential.
DLT Solutions, an Oracle VAR, has announced it will work with NCI to resell NC Server software to the federal government. Its program is called the "NC Network in the Box."
NC Network in the Box consists of
Additional NC devices are available from DLT.
"The NC Network in the Box is a great way for government offices and workgroups in corporations to rapidly deploy their own network computer system," said Bonnie Crater, NCI VP of strategic marketing. "In less than an hour a complete network can be deployed to run productivity and Web-enabled applications, email, and accessing information from the Web."
Cats Software, an independent ISV in Palo Alto, CA, has performed math-intensive performance tests on Java and found that the performance differences between Java and C++ are much less than the company expected.
When Cats Software ran a Partial Differential Equations test, it discovered Java's performance was only 4 to 10 percent slower than that of C++. The ISV expected Java to be hundreds of times slower. In fact, Cats CTO Jim Kleckner said, "These results are staggering." Cats used the JDK 1.1.3 with the beta version of the Java Performance Pack (with Symantec's JIT compiler). It ran the tests against Microsoft's Visual C++ 5.0.
Anne Thomas, a senior consultant at the Patricia Seybold Group, wasn't surprised at the results. "It is possible to obtain reasonable speeds with Java as long as you have a good architecture," said Thomas.
The InfoWorld Test Center verified Cats Software's results.
Borland International, the DSW Group, Softbite International, and Informant Communications Group have announced a 20-city training tour for Borland's JBuilder line of visual development tools for Java.
The JBuilder training is separated into two full-day sessions. Day one covers Java fundamentals, to help developers understand Java development, the JBuilder environment, and how to develop platform-independent applications in Java. The topics for the first day include:
Day two is designed for developers who want to be power users of Java and JBuilder. Topics include:
The tour also includes classes on Delphi and C++ Builder. Following is a schedule of cities and dates. More information is available on site.
|City||Delphi & C++Builder Sessions||JBuilder Sessions|
|Toronto||September 15-17||September 18-19|
|Calgary||September 22-24||September 25-26|
|Anaheim||September 22-24||September 25-26|
|Orlando||September 29-October 1||October 2-3|
|Vancouver||September 29-October 1||October 2-3|
|Denver||October 6-8||October 9-10|
|Philadelphia||October 13-15||October 16-17|
|Phoenix||October 13-15||October 16-17|
|Charlotte||October 20-22||October 23-24|
|San Diego||October 27-29||October 30-31|
|Atlanta||October 27-29||October 30-31|
|New Jersey||November 3-5||November 6-7|
|Boston||November 10-12||November 13-14|
|Seattle||November 10-12||November 13-14|
|Houston||November 17-19||November 20-21|
|Ottawa||November 24-26||November 27-28|
|Washington, DC||December 1-3||December 4-5|
|San Francisco||December 1-3||December 4-5|
|Chicago||December 8-10||December 11-12|
|Salt Lake City||December 8-10||December 11-12|
NTT Data Communications has developed Java descriptive Internet search software called Appelet. The software was designed for use on a network and is loaded onto network servers and accessible from the Internet.
Appelet acts like a regular homepage search engine when searching for items on the Internet. It also can record the search conditions. The software and data stop at the server (in other words, the user is not required to download these items to his/her desktop); then the user can access the information from the server.
Remedy Corp. is debuting Flashboards 2.0, a Java application that will allow users and customers to view help-desk status through any Web browser. This means you can check to see how busy your favorite help desk is before you waste your time waiting for help online.
With Flashboards 2.0, users can monitor help-desk response times to support service-level agreements or to see how busy the help desk is. Customers can view their position in the line, watch how long it takes CSRs to resolve others' questions, and even follow specific problems to see how long they take to solve. And it's not just for favorite (maintenance contract) customers.
Help desk managers (and IT monitors) can use the Flashboards Java client for spot statistics -- to demonstrate that they are (or are not) meeting performance goals, and to identify and follow problem areas in order to correct them.
The Java client for Flashboards is already integrated with Remedy's centralized help desk application, the Action Request System (ARS). Flashboards was originally designed as a real-time display for ARS. When Java and other Internet technologies took off, Remedy officials saw an opportunity to extend Flashboards to other users. (Without the Java rewrite, Flashboards requires a special client on each user's workstation to view the help desk data.)
Flashboards 2.0 comes with a Free Access Flashboard -- sort of an organization-wide license to one Flashboard on the Web, so everyone in the organization (that the administrator allows) can access the help desk. The product is shipping in October 1997 for 6,500. That includes a server, five user licenses, a proxy server, and a Java applet.
A recent Killen and Associates study predicts the smart card market (especially since Java has added greater functionality) will achieve a compound annual growth rate of 59 percent in 1998. If this CAGR is realized, the market should reach .6 billion in the year 2000 (in 1996, it was .2 billion). After the year 2000, the study predicts it will increase at a slower CAGR of 16 percent, bringing a market of 6 billion.
The study also said that the U.S. growth in the smart card market may slow down mainly because of a reluctance to give up the existing technology that surrounds credit card transactions. The study forsees the fastest growth areas in personal ATM cards for home computers and smart phones. (Run the card through your PC or phone, then go online and order -- the cost is deducted straight from your account.)
BulletProof showcased Deployment Manager, a new component of the JDesignerPro 2.2 system. Deployment Manager helps the developer/network administrator deploy and manage Java applications on any local or remote server, whether it's on the corporate intranet or somewhere on the Internet.
With no coding or HTML, Deployment Manager offers an automated way to put fresh apps on the Web. Menu maintenance, HTML creation, access control, and application module transport all are effected from one screen. Developers compile the new app and then add the module to their application structure.
Deployment Manager (JDesignerPro 2.2) is compatible with:
JDesignerPro 2.2 (with Deployment Manager) is available for free download.
"Oh no! Please don't make me configure the routers!" If Netsation's Network Configurator lives up to its promise, network managers may never have to utter these words again.
Usually, whenever you purchase a new network device, it comes with its own configuration tool. In a multivendor environment that has grown relatively slowly (one router at a time), you could end up with all the setup/configure tools in the world. Since it is Java-based, Network Configurator should help eliminate the toolbox clutter -- as well as the learning curve.
Network Configurator 1 is designed to help IT managers consolidate and automate router configuration, making it easier and faster to set up and change router and switch configuration, regardless of whether you're running a homogeneous or multivendor network. With it, administrators can drag and drop device templates and navigate configuration information through the browser.
The first version of Netsation (to be demonstrated at the October NetWorld+Interop show in Atlanta) will only work with some Cisco routers and Ascend Communications' WAN switches. Version 1 will cost 5,000, and can manage 50 routers or switches.
ObjectSpace announced Voyager Core Technology, a Java object request broker (ORB) that supports mobile objects and autonomous agents. The package also includes services for persistence, scalable group communication, and basic directory service.
Voyager can use and complement the features found in other ORBs or agents -- such as CORBA, RMI, aglets, and Odyssey -- or it can combine the features from these technologies into a single platform. Voyager gives the developer the option to mix three distributed computing models -- client/server, peer-based, and agent-based -- into a custom combo. With it, developers can:
The binary version of the Voyager Core Technology is free (although use in an embedded device or redistribution with hardware requires a license). Support for Voyager is sold as an annual contract on a per-user basis (the support includes full-service problem resolution, major and minor product upgrades, access to member-only sections, downloads on the ObjectSpace Web site, and participation in all future beta access programs).
Progress Software introduced ProtoSpeed, a distributed object debugger for Internet applications that can improve Internet error detection and debugging.
The Java-based ProtoSpeed offers packet modification on the fly and preview functionality so developers can get instant feedback without changing the application source code. ProtoSpeed supports Internet protocols such as HTTP, FTP, SMTP, POP3, and IMAP4, so developers can simultaneously debug local or remote Java objects with or without the source code. The Network Event Manager opens up access to distributed components. So developers can use Visual Basic or Visual J++ to debug protocol interactions between components, in whatever language they're written.
ProtoSpeed runs on Windows 95 or NT 4.0. It will normally cost 95, but through the end of 1997, the cost is 95. An evaluation version is available on site.
NCR has started the NCR Thin Client Program for the Enterprise, a program/package designed to help businesses easily launch into thin-client computing.
Included in the program is NCR's Administrator Software, Citrix's WinFrame thin client/server software, and two versions of the NCR 2990 TC NC. One version of the NC handles a variety of network terminal emulators (a re-marketed Boundless Viewpoint Thin Client); the other works as a Windows-based terminal (re-marketed Boundless Viewpoint Network Computer) equipped with local Citrix ICA thin-client support. The NCR Administrator Software is a system management utility that simplifies the administration of software and hardware configuration, upgrades, and allows for routine system maintenance -- all from a centralized location.
Another aspect of the program calls on a specific NCR area of expertise -- Windows NT support. A wide range of NT-based IT support services are available, including life-cycle support and business consulting.
Intel announced plans for a new Java-based technology, called QuickWeb, that should make Web pages load faster (by as much as 50 percent) by compressing images and caching frequently visited pages.
QuickWeb will compress images by eliminating duplicate pixels. Intel officials claim that the loss of image quality will be barely noticeable. And as for caching frequently visited pages, QuickWeb will store these pages on the ISP's server. The pages can be directed to automatically update, so the user gets the freshest page. QuickWeb includes a Web-O-Meter feature: a small screen that pops up for the first few seconds of a download to show how much faster the page is loading. Another feature is the Speed Selector, a window that gives users a choice between a quick, image-compressed download and the original version.
Users don't need to install any software; the feature can be toggled off or on through the Web browser.
Intel is beta testing QuickWeb now with ISPs NETCOM, Sprint, and GlobalCenter, affecting about 1,200 customers. If you're an ISP and you'd like to become a beta tester, contact Intel.
QuickWeb requires (at minimum) an Intel-compatible 486 PC equipped with 8 megabytes of RAM, and Navigator 3.x, Communicator 4.x, or Internet Explorer 3.0x.
Schlumberger Electronic Transactions claims that demand for its Java card Cyberflex Development Kits have exceeded its expectations, only weeks after announcing the kit's availability. Although numbers were unavailable at press time, Schlumberger officials said the company had already sold hundreds of kits to developers.
The Cyberflex Development Kit includes two Cyberflex cards, a smart card reader and writer peripheral device, and a CD-ROM with a suite of PC software tools. The Cyberflex cards contain a Java virtual machine. One of Cyberflex's attributes is that applications can be added or removed from the cards after they are manufactured, which lowers support and new product introduction costs.
Citibank was one of the first developers of a Cyberflex Java card application, and the company sees the Java card as a central technology for its future. "Java Card will be a strategic delivery vehicle for Citibank. We are using cards to demonstrate easy Java Card application loading and use," said Henry A. Lichstein, Citibank VP for Horizon Planning.
In December 1997, The Open Group will release a test suite for the CORBA 2.1 specification, a test that will determine whether a product conforms to the spec. Then The Open Group will offer branding and certification of object request broker products.
The test suite begins beta testing in October 1997. The set of distributed tools will be able to check core ORB APIs, static and dynamic interfaces, the CORBA interface repository, the Internet Inter-ORB Protocol, and CORBA language mappings (at first, C and C++). The suite is expected to cost 5,000 for a 10-year license; support and maintenance are extra.
To brand products, vendors will perform the tests on their software, then submit the results to The Open Group. After approval (also known as registration), the vendors can use The Open Group trademark on their products.
IBM, Sun Microsystems, Iona Technologies, ICL, and Fujistu are early adopters of the program.
In its search for a CEO, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has narrowed its search to four individuals. And Sun Microsystems' president Ed Zander is on the list.
Besides Zander, the others on the list are:
Representatives for those on the list had no comment.
Apple Computer has solidified on two marketing paths for its hardware: One is for new high-end Macs, and the other is for a network computer product.
Apple expects to start shipping new PowerPC 750 Macintoshes by January 1998. The unit microprocessor, code-named "Arthur," was developed by IBM and Motorola.
Then, sometime in the first two quarters of '98, Apple plans to launch its Mac NC. The Mac NC is a stripped-down Macintosh that will run existing programs, but run off a network server using the upcoming Rhapsody operating system. Apple expects the NC to cost between 00 and ,000.
If you're missing the Active Platform section on the Microsoft Web site, well, it's gone. The message in its place invites the browser to visit the Windows DNA site.
That's because DNA -- Microsoft's Distributed Network Architecture -- has become the company's new scheme to develop distributed applications. And perhaps a new framework to attack Java.
One view of the change comes from J. P. Morgenthal, a Web technology analyst at NC.Focus. "It seems like Microsoft has truly entered the age of biological software, in which things grow and evolve," said Morgenthal. "This is just Microsoft's way of identifying that the technology has entered a new stage of life. And all developers can appreciate that, with each iteration, code and technology becomes cleaner and stronger. Therefore, DNA could very well be to distributed computing what Windows was to desktop computing."
David Fisco, a consultant and editor at Distributed Object Computing magazine, has another view: "It appears at this time that DNA is really not new technology but a marketing umbrella for existing Microsoft strategies -- DHTML, scripting on client and server, and COM," said Fisco. "How long will DNA be around? Will it meet the fate of ActiveX? It seems like they [Microsoft] threw this one together a little too quickly. In fact, a Microsoft whitepaper entitled 'Web-DNA Technologies.doc,' downloadable from their Web site, contained what appear to be Microsoft's internal production notes, including 'Add =AE to Win 32 below' and 'Change above to Java-based, we shouldn't combine Microsoft and Sun trademarks in this way.' "
Of course, the DNA site doesn't support Navigator 3.x or 4.x. The page is virtually empty. Fisco thinks this is representative of Microsoft's Internet strategy: "When it comes to the Internet, Microsoft seems to just keep drawing a blank."
Sun Microsystems has finalized PersonalJava (P-Java) and plans to offer the option to integrate Java, P-Java, and E-Java (EmbeddedJava) into the small-device, realtime operating systems (RTOS) developed by a number of companies. The Java sets allow the RTOS to connect to almost any network.
Sun describes P-Java as a subset of Java, designed for specific-need small devices with sophisticated displays. Other Java subsets include the JavaCard spec (for smart cards) and E-Java (for devices with character or no displays). As a subset, Sun emphasizes that the JDK can be used to create applications for each set.
The RTOS companies create the operating software for small NC devices such as pagers, Web and cellular phones, and set-top boxes. Each vendor gets a license to resell P-Java and E-Java binary code with their platforms to the customers who manufacture the hardware side of the devices. Sun's small-device RTOS partners are responsible for more than half of the commercial RTOS market, said Sun's Tim Byers at a recent teleconference. The partners include:
A style guide for building P-Java applications and the final spec should be available soon on Sun's site.
Microware has already struck deals to integrate its P-Java enhanced RTOS in network PCs, cellular phones, and set-top boxes.
Affinity Systems has made several enhancements to its Visara NC, including adding the Motorola 821 PowerPC microprocessor, CIFS and DHCP capability, more TN5250 and TN3270 features, and PCMCIA local booting capability. The Visara NC uses Neoware's (formerly HDS) netOS operating system.
By using Motorola's 821 PowerPC chip, the physical size of the Visara NC has been to reduced to resemble a video cassette box.
Adding CIFS (Common Internet File System) abilities means that the machine can boot from any Windows 95 or NT workstation. CIFS defines a remote file-access protocol that is compatible with how applications share data on Windows- and SMB-based network file servers. CIFS is Internet-friendly and runs on top of TCP/IP.
The new DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) capability lets a DHCP server automatically lease the Visara user a unique IP address when the user powers up the NC.
The Visara NC can now easily remap the keyboard, making it simpler for the Visara to emulate TN5250 and TN3270 terminals.
And if you are a remote user, you can boot the Visara NC locally by sliding a Flash Card into the PCMCIA slot.
JB Development has introduced Harmonia, a Java relational database management system (JRDBMS) that installs quickly and needs no server administration. As a Java-based database, Harmonia escapes the problems of network bandwidth, latency, and continuity. Applications with local database storage, built in Harmonia, can run in virtually any Java environment.
Harmonia comes in two versions, Harmonia-Pro and Harmonia-Lite. Harmonia-Pro is a Java-based, full-featured SQL database that contains no native code. The product uses a transaction-processing model and automatic data recovery to ascertain data integrity. The database, which can be deployed with less than 800 kilobytes of memory, is optimized for small footprint applications. And Java developers can easily extend Harmonia-Pro, adding custom datatypes, functions, stored procedures, and triggers.
Harmonia-Lite is for users who do not need to add any custom features (or extend the database in any way). It is, of course, compatible with the Pro version so the user can trade up without data loss or recoding.
Both versions are available for purchase from JB Development. A trial version of Harmonia-Lite is offered on-site. The company plans to introduce a multi-user version, Harmonia-Server, by the end of 1997.
The 2nd Annual SIGS Conference for Java Development held in Chicago in mid-September provided the Java developer community with another valuable training experience, but the unusually rigid organizational decisions left some attendees wondering whether or not to make a return visit next year. The four-day conference, complete with dozens of Microsoft jokes, offered the standard line-up of keynotes, tutorials, technical sessions, workshops, product-education sessions, developer days, and management briefings. The only thing missing was the obligatory conference T-shirt.
In his keynote, Miko Matsumura, Java Evangelist from JavaSoft, entertained the audience with previews of several Java technologies, including Java applications running on smart cards; the Java Foundation Classes, which make possible the development of great-looking and consistent user interfaces; and HotSpot, a dynamic optimizing engine that hopes to make dramatic improvements to the speed of Java programs.
Attendees reported that, for the most part, the technical sessions -- which covered such topics as JavaBeans, Java and COM, enterprise development, JDBC, and Design Patterns -- were lively, interesting, and insightful. It seems that the only drawback was in SIGS' organizational decisions. Attendees did not receive session handouts in advance, and some found it difficult to attend a session for which they weren't registered. In addition, registrants did not receive handouts from sessions if they were unable to attend.