Java Product News (March 30, 2001)

Java Media Framework 2.1.1 extends J2SE's multimedia capabilities

Sun Microsystems' new Java Media Framework (JMF) API software enables multimedia developers to incorporate audio, video, and other time-based media content into Java applications and applets. Designed for the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE), JMF 2.1.1 is an API package for multimedia on the Java platform; it gives developers a toolkit for developing scalable, cross-platform technology. The JMF 2.1.1 API provides a unified architecture for capturing, streaming, and transcoding audio and video content across most major operating systems. JMF 2.1.1 extends the Java platform's multimedia capabilities by offering RTP/RTSP and other advanced media processing capabilities. The new JMF technology supports media types such as QuickTime, Microsoft's AVI format, and MPEG-1. JMF 2.1.1 runs on the Java Platform, versions 1.1 and higher.

Java Media Framework 2.1.1 is available immediately and can be downloaded from the Sun Website.

BitFlash Mobility Suite delivers platform-independent user interface capabilities

BitFlash has released the BitFlash Mobility Suite, a new Java-compliant software platform that delivers graphics and a user interface that works with wireless and handheld devices. BitFlash Mobility Suite allows users to send complex graphical and interactive data to multiple mobile devices. The platform also features bandwidth-efficient delivery and publish once, render everywhere assurance. The suite includes the BitFlash Server, the BitFlash Visual Interface System (VIS), and the BitFlash Server Software Development Kit (SDK). The BitFlash Server adheres to industry open standards and complies with Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Editon. It allows users to provide Internet-ready mobile devices with platform-independent graphics and content-specific user interfaces. The BitFlash VIS acts as a plug-in, complementing existing wireless browser technology. The VIS also allows users to view rich graphical and textual content on any wireless or mobile device. The BitFlash SDK provides users with an API to access the VIS graphics capabilities.

Updated versions of JunC++ion integrate Java and C++ components

Codemesh has released betas of JunC++ion 1.1 for Solaris and JunC++ion 1.0.1 for Windows. The JunC++ion platform was developed to provide businesses with a solution for integrating Java and C++ components. JunC++ion accomplishes Java/C++ integration without JNI or CORBA. Using JunC++ion, C++ clients can function in an Enterprise JavaBeans environment, Java servlets can Web-enable C++ applications, and Java and C++ components can use the same set of APIs, such as Java Message Service. JunC++ion 1.1 for Solaris and Junction 1.0.1 for Windows feature a more efficient runtime library and improved documentation capabilities. JunC++ion 1.0.1 allows users to import a single Java classfile directly from a jar file, eliminating the need to import the entire jar file.

Intuitive Systems updates Optimizeit profiling solution with J2SE support

Intuitive Systems has included support for the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) in Version 4.02 of Optimizeit. Optimizeit enables Java technology developers to locate and solve performance issues in Java programs, including memory leaks, excessive object allocation, inefficient algorithms, and inefficient processor use. Optimizeit is a complete Java-based profiling solution that provides information on how Java programs use CPU and memory. Because it instantly integrates with most popular application servers, Optimizeit lets developers profile their Java 2 Enterprise Edition applications and track potential performance problems quickly and easily. Optimizeit 4.02 supports J2SE for Microsoft Windows, SPARC architecture running on Solaris, and the Java 2 Software Development Kit.

Optimizeit 4.02 is available immediately and can be downloaded from the company Website. Pricing begins at 99.

IBM releases WebSphere Application Server 4.0

The latest version of WebSphere Application Server supports Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE), which allows users to uniformly build Java business applications. Designed to handle e-business transactions, WebSphere Application Server 4.0 extends the functionality of the System/390 and zSeries servers for enterprise e-business by offering improved scalability, performance, security, and availability. WebSphere 4.0 incorporates open industry standards -- such as HTML and CORBA -- as well as J2EE-compliant Java technology for servlets, Java Server Pages technology, and Enterprise Java Beans. IBM added J2EE support to WebSphere 4.0 in order to let users scale new e-business applications and transactions for global deployment. Version 4.0 of WebSphere runs on the IBM OS/390 operating system and the new z/OS 64-bit operating system.

WebSphere Application Server 4.0 will be available March 30, 2001. The price is listed at 5,000.

Hyperion introduces Java-enabled tool for building custom business analysis applications

Built using Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) specifications, the Hyperion Application Builder works with leading application servers and provides an open standards-based architecture. Part of Hyperion's business analysis software platform, the Hyperion Application Builder enables the creation, development, and deployment of scalable Web-centric business analysis applications. The Hyperion Application Builder features a comprehensive set of value-added APIs, components, services, and application templates that allows users to customize business analysis applications. Developers can use those tools to create application-specific displays and other specified functionality that suits their company's business requirements. The Hyperion Application Builder is cross-platform-enabled for Windows NT 4.0 and 2000, Windows 95 and 98, AIX, HP-UX, and Solaris; it uses ADM to access multidimensional data sources and JDBC to access relational sources.

The Hyperion Application Builder is currently available in English, Japanese, French, and German.

New PTSC debugging tool features Java implementation

The Patriot Scientific Corporation (PTSC) has released the Interactive Debugging Environment, a tool featuring the Open Debugging Interface (ODI), which is written completely in Java. The Java implementation offers maximum portability of the ODI, allowing developers to optimize their debugging environment. Developers can customize the ODI operating system interface by adding new commands, windows, and complex watch points. Developers can also enhance the operating system interface so that it accepts time-stamped events and other critical information. By adding these enhancements to the operating system interface, developers can improve the efficiency of real-time application code verification and optimize test methodology. The Interactive Debugging Environment was developed to help developers accelerate the implementation cycle of software designed for the PTSC Ignite microprocessor.

TAME V integrates Java with non-Java applications has released TAME V, an updated version of its TAME (Tag Activated Markup Enhancer) technology that includes improvements to the product's business and technical capabilities. TAME technology enables Webpage production and development of Web-based applications; it can create browser-based applications and integrate previously coded non-Java applications with Java-based applications. TAME V is a server-based, platform-independent technology capable of conversing with multiple databases on any platform using ODBC connectivity. It allows access to APIs, ODBC, and other filesystems.

HiddenLogic enables wireless app development

HiddenLogic, the new Java-based platform from HiddenMind, lets developers create wireless applications for mobile business. By extending existing networks and applications to wireless devices, HiddenLogic streamlines mobile business processes like sales force automation and customer relationship management. HiddenLogic allows enterprises to deliver mission-critical information from CRM, ERP, and field force automation applications to mobile users. HiddenLogic has a server behind the corporate firewall and a thin client that resides on the wireless device, enabling IT managers to oversee applications and updates and to deploy wireless version control over mobile devices. HiddenLogic features multiple session support for multitasking, publish and subscribe functionality, and the ability to connect mobile procedure calls with wireless devices. The HiddenLogic system is comprised of the HiddenLogic Server, featuring Java-based software architecture, and the Wireless Desktop, a thin client that resides on the mobile device. HiddenLogic supports Sun OS 2.7, Sun Solaris 7, Linux Red Hat 6.2, and Windows 2000.

The beta version of the HiddenLogic platform is available now.

New Java DB connection-sharing tool facilitates access to multiple threads of database search results

Kobu.Com has released jdbshare 1.1, the latest version of its JDBC-compatible database connection middleware. jdbshare connects diverse Web applications and provides connection pooling and caching of database search results. The connection pooling functionality allows simultaneous access to multiple threads of database search results and ensures that database connections are shared by multiple threads. jdbshare 1.1 features a row-level caching feature. The row cache enables the system to cache individual database rows in the jdbshare memory. That feature also allows multiple threads to simultaneously update column values of the database rows. jdbshare 1.1 runs on Java 2 Standard Edition-compatible JVMs and with server applications and server software running on JVMs. jdbshare 1.1 is compatible with the JDBC 1.0 and JDBC 2.0 core packages.

DB/XML Transform 2.0 implements standards-based XML technologies

BDI Systems has released the latest version of its XML-based product, DB/XML Transform 2.0. The new version allows for bidirectional data transformation between database, XML, and text formats in any combination. It features an open architecture that allows users to plug in Java objects for implementing business rules. The Streamed XML Transformation technology takes advantage of SAX and DOM models. DB/XML Transform 2.0 includes a visual object mapping tool and an Expression Editor -- they help users map source and target objects and implement customizable transformation rules. DB/XML Transform 2.0 supports industry standards like XPath 1.0, XSLT 1.0, DOM Level 1, SAX 2, and W3C's XML Schema Candidate Recommendation.

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