News and New Product Briefs (2/27/98)

RSA's Java encryption enhances performance, BSAFE integration

RSA is now shipping JSAFE 1.1, the newest release of its Java-based security component toolkit. Version 1.1 offers enhanced performance and better integration with BSAFE, RSA's security toolkit for C.

JSAFE 1.1 has been designed for high-performance security operations and offers more than double the performance of JSAFE 1.0 -- thanks to a newly optimized math library. In addition, the interface with BSAFE allows developers to ability to combine Java with native code -- providing access to faster C operations within JSAFE. RSA also added an improved memory management system that increases the efficiency of Java applets and applications.

JSAFE is fully compliant with the Public-Key Cryptography Standards (PKCS), the industry standard for cryptography. JSAFE also includes implementations of the government standard DES algorithm.

JSAFE 1.1 is available now with an SDK price of 90. Runtime licenses for products using JSAFE are available to ISV and enterprise developers on a royalty, per-seat, or annual fee basis, beginning at 5,000.

Through March 27, RSA is offering a special promotion to its existing BSAFE customers. Customers can license JSAFE for their Java products under the same terms as their BSAFE license, with an initial fee of 20 percent of what they paid for BSAFE.

Applet contest from Java Boutique and Symantec

The Java Boutique and Symantec announced the Java Boutique Applet Contest, an applet development contest that will run through April 15, 1998.

The categories developers can enter their applets in include:

  • Educational
  • Visual
  • Text
  • Audio
  • Utility
  • Games
  • Overall

Winning applets will be showcased on the Java Boutique, with special award buttons for each category.

Winners in each category get Symantec's Visual Café Professional Developers Edition. The overall winner will receive Symantec's Visual Café Database Developer's Edition. Developers can enter as many applets as they wish. Get coding!

IBM makes San Francisco frameworks available for AS/400 developers

By the ides of March 1998 (or maybe a day later), IBM plans to make the San Francisco Project foundation layer, general ledger, and common business objects software components available for IBM AS/400 developers, extending the components' reach beyond just the NT and AIX platforms, adding another 475,000 systems (AS/400's installed base worldwide) to the total.

According to IBM officials, 98 percent of Fortune 100 companies have AS/400 systems installed, not to mention the number of small and medium-size companies that use the system as a scalable alternative to PC/LAN servers.

IBM offers XML tool for Java

IBM is now offering an alpha version of its new XML for Java on the alphaWorks Web site. The XML tool, developed at IBM's Tokyo Research Lab, is an XML processor written in Java that allows developers to parse, process, and craft XML documents. IBM officials think it will be a good resource for developers to acquaint themselves with XML.

XML (eXtensible Markup Language) 1.0, recently approved as a standard by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), is designed to allow developers and webmasters exchange data with more precision than HTML, theoretically making it a better language for network applications. Certain types of data information can be identified by tags within the documents.

Looking for Java beta testers

Data Representations is looking for few good beta testers to give Simplicity for Java, its RAD tool for Java 1.1, a test drive. Simplicity for Java lets developers drag-and-drop Java layouts, AWT components, third-party JavaBeans, and the software's components into applications. Java source code is executed on the fly, which allows developers to execute class declaration, constructor, method, and event code while they are designing the application. Each change made to source code is instantly integrated into the program model. Simplicity's Code Sourcerer feature asks questions of the developer to determine what should happen in response to events, and then writes the Java source code to do the job, making it useful for both experienced and new Java developers.

Simplicity for Java has already been through preliminary testing on Windows 95/NT (both the JDK 1.1.5 and the MS SDK 2.01), OS/2 Warp 4.0 (IBM JDK 1.1.4), HP-UX (HP JDK 1.1.4), and Linux (i386 JDK 1.1.3). The company is looking for beta testers who have experience in a large range of hardware and Java VMs, including testers with different levels of Java development experience. Those selected for beta testing will receive a free copy of the released product.

CTCBridge T27 for Java gets new GUI

Core Technology's newest release of CTCBridge T27 for Java 1.2, a full T27 emulator delivered through a Java applet, is available with a new, optional GUI.

The new GUI makes the emulation more browser-like, with 3D buttons and text fields, making it easier to navigate than the traditional terminal screen look. The emulator functions suffer no changes, and you don't need to make any alterations to host programs.

CTCBridge T27 for Java 1.20 also includes:

  • Enhanced printing options (including printer pass-through, HTML screen print, and JPrint screen printing)
  • Button bar control
  • Support for European characters
  • Cut, copy, and paste functions within the applet
  • An optional, site-controlled Station Interface Module (SIM) log to monitor user sessions
  • More control over the number of simultaneous window environments
  • An optional Web environment

If you're a CTCBridge T27 for Java customer (with support coverage), you get your upgrade free.

Bean programming course

Object Computing Inc. (OCI) is offering a two-day course, "JavaBeans Programming," to teach developers about JavaBeans capabilities and how to craft to beans.

The hands-on course also examines how to integrate beans with ActiveX controls. The first offering of the class is scheduled for April 6 and 7, 1998, as part of a Washington University (St. Louis) program. Additional dates are being planned.

OCI is developing two new Java courses, "Developing Graphical User Interfaces using Java" and "Developing Distributed Applications using Java," planned for May 1998. OCI's existing Java courses include "Introduction to Java," "Java Programming," and "Advanced Java Programming."

Courses can be taken at OCI's St. Louis training facility or at a client's site.

Netroscope delivers Java quarterly scorecard

Netroscope announced that it will be issuing a quarterly Java Product Scorecard, a report that will provide accurate, updated information on Java products, solutions, and market trends. The quarterly publication will be an analysis report on a wide range of Java products. It will also identify market trends and issues.

Netroscope founder and president Natalie Shaheen said, "As an early Java developer, we recognize the need for a 'scorecard' to lend legitimacy to Java as a language and platform for enterprise solutions. Java Product Scorecard's success depends largely on Netroscope's ability to determine the appropriate data to capture regarding Java products. Netroscope seeks requirements and feedback of organizations interested in development and deployment of Java products." At press time, no date has been set for the first issue.

Getcha Java Foundation Classes!

JavaSoft announced that the Java Foundation Classes (JFC) software is now available at its Web site.

The JFC incorporates GUI components and foundation services to the JDK so Java developers can design applications that fit the look and feel (and behavior) of the various platform operating systems on which the apps will run. The JFC will also include the following foundation services:

  • The Java Accessibility API, to make Java apps accessible to people with disabilities
  • The Java 2D API, designed for creating sophisticated scientific/business apps
  • Drag-and-drop capabilities among Java apps and between Java and native apps

With JFC, developers can also create customized application interfaces and change the look of an application on the fly.

Sales Vision offers Java sales automation product

Sales Vision is releasing Customer Café, an object-oriented, Java- and component-based sales automation tool designed to let developers quickly assemble and deploy customized sales and marketing automation applets within the enterprise.

Customer Café, which you access through a Java-capable browser, includes Java source code classes and supports Sybase, Oracle, and Informix databases, as well as Microsoft's SQL Server. It comes with 75 business objects that allows users to manage data on accounts, products, forecasts, team selling, competitors, and sales territories. Each object can be layered into an application and deployed incrementally, according to user needs. The product has an integrated security architecture, territory manager, and business modeler that lets managers grant different levels of access to various users.

Sales Vision sales/marketing VP Mark Logan said that with Customer Café, "Sales representatives can leverage ubiquitous or unlimited access to information through the Internet. To IT management, Customer Café through Java provides unlimited flexibility to create and then evolve a sales-automation solution that meets a business's exact need, or exact selling process."

Customer Café is priced at ,000 per user.

SuperCede offers IDE with JavaBeans for free

SuperCede is offering a free version of its SuperCede for Java 2.0 development environment (announced at the recent Software Development West '98 show in San Francisco) with 60 JavaBeans. Get it while you can!

The SuperCede 2.0 Java development tools offers support for JDK 1.1, drag-and-drop database connections, and an ability to call existing C++, ActiveX, and Visual Basic programs. How long the free offer will last, well, SuperCede officials won't say.

After the free offer expires, pricing for the single-user Standard Edition is expected to be 9.

AccuSoft offers Java document and image viewer

AccuSoft Corp. released NetVue/JAVA, a Java-based document viewer applet that makes it easy to add an inexpensive, fast way to view documents to Web applets.

NetVue/JAVA uses an Internet-specific architecture to allow users to view multipage TIFF documents, JPEG and GIF images, thumbnails, and annotations. By optimizing code with multithreading and background processing, NetVue/JAVA provides a platform-independent way of viewing these online documents at a fast speed.

Some of the advanced features of NetVue/JAVA include:

  • Support for displaying annotations
  • A small footprint with minimal memory use
  • Scale-to-gray display enhancement for quality and readability
  • A thumbnail browser for multipage documents
  • Zooming and scrolling options
  • A simplified user interface

Check with the company for pricing information.

IDC Research: More adopting Java

According to an IDC Technology Integration Panel Study (TIPS) survey, "Java Adoption Jumps," more than 45 percent of 800 U.S. companies surveyed had adopted Java in some way. That's an 11 percent increase in three months (between Summer 1997 and October/November 1997).

Evan Quinn, director of IDC's Java research program, said, "We consider the 11 percent increase in Java adoption in TIPS Q4 as dramatic; it may prove to be the largest quarterly leap in Java's life-cycle."

Quinn went on. "Despite a recent anti-Java backlash by skeptics and naysayers, it appears that in terms of corporate adoption, Java's momentum certainly continues unabated. If anything Java has picked up steam. The publicity swirling around the Sun vs. Microsoft suits and the groundswell of support by Java die-hards helped fuel the surprisingly swift adoption rate of Java in U.S. companies of all sizes."

The study continues by reporting that although large companies showed a rather rapid increase in the Java adoption rate (12 percent from Q3 to Q4), small and medium-size companies are really moving forward with Java (15 percent). The study authors feel that smaller companies see Java as their futures.

The study's authors also feel that U.S. companies are adopting Java faster than in other countries because there is a high concentration of C++ programmers here.

The "Java Adoption Jumps" survey is available for purchase from IDC.

Talarian announces SmartSockets publish/subscribe Java middleware

Talarian announced the Java version of its SmartSockets publish/subscribe middleware, which allows developers to build Java programs that can communicate with programs written in almost any programming language on any platform.

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