News and New Product Briefs (4/1/98)

HP outlines its Java intentions for enterprise products

Hewlett-Packard recently announced its strategy to integrate Java technology with its mainstream enterprise business products.

Generally speaking, that strategy includes enhancing performance and extending scalability for its Java products. In particular, HP intends to open a "tuning center" that will be responsible for optimizing the range of environments that incorporate Java.

Two virtual machines are on the horizon. The first 100 percent JVM-compliant version will be coupled with a native compiler, designed for corporate business-critical systems. The second, more controversial VM will be designed for the Intel/HP IA-64 64-bit processor architecture. The controversy stems from the fact that it will be optimized for the architecture and probably will not adhere to the JVM.

HP Internet and Application Systems GM Nigel Ball said, "Sun's Java technology has been interesting from the beginning, but its potential for real business value has only recently emerged. By focusing on the evolving requirements of enterprise businesses, HP will make Java environments the practical choice for the companies that can benefit from its technological virtues."

The company also plans to create a tuning center in Cupertino, CA to help developers and customers assemble the most efficient, complete Java systems by optimizing Java-based apps, databases, and operating systems.

HP is also focusing on server-side Java applications in enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply-chain management, electronic commerce, and operating resource management. And the company announced the formation of a software business organization designed for developing embedded virtual machine products.

Sun chooses Concept Five for Java Center

Sun has chosen Virginia-based Concept Five Technologies, an IT consulting/integration firm, as an Authorized Java Center.

Doug Foran, VP of sales and marketing for Concept Five, said that previous experience makes the company a perfect location for a Java Center. "We are particularly qualified to train educate and advise businesses that are under pressure to deliver their services over the Net. We were pleased, for example, to train First Union National Bank in the use of Java technology and CORBA, and look forward to bringing other Sun customers to the center to help them jump start their 'Net business services.' "

Reed Hornberger, director of market development at SMCC, said, "Because of its in-depth understanding of Java, CORBA, and security technologies, and its expertise in leveraging legacy systems investments, Concept Five provides crucial services for businesses looking to profitably participate in electronic commerce worldwide."

Riverton's HOW 2.0 models and generates components

Riverton Software announced HOW 2.0 for Java, a new release of a component-modeling tool that works with most Java development environments.

HOW 2.0 for Java lets developers automatically generate middle-tier business components as JavaBeans from application models -- components that use DCOM or CORBA as their distribution protocol.

With it, developers can model application components and database queries, which the software then generates into JavaBeans-compliant classes with methods, properties, and relationship-traversal support. From the models, it automatically generates classes implementing JDBC-embedded SQL statements. The classes can be modified and enhanced with most Java-enabled development environments, including Java WorkShop, Visual J++, PowerJ, Visual Café for Java, and JBuilder. Any class changes are synchronized with HOW and preserved.

The generated components can be deployed as distributed middle-tier components using either CORBA and an object request broker or DCOM and a transaction server.

Riverton has also released two other versions -- HOW 2.0 for PowerBuilder (supports Jaguar CTS and MTS) and HOW 2.0 for Visual Basic (supports MTS, ADO, and other enterprise Microsoft technologies).

HOW 2.0 Professional Edition for Java, available in May 1998, starts at ,995. The Enterprise Edition, with language cartridges for Visual Basic, Java, and PowerBuilder, and an automatic subscription to any subsequently released cartridges, starts at ,995. A Modeling Edition with all the modeling tools (but it can't generate components) will cost ,995.

Instantiations JOVE optimizing deployment environment

Instantiations claims that developers of large complex enterprise applications will be crying "By JOVE" when they get a look at JOVE, its optimizing deployment environment for Java.

The JOVE environment uses such techniques as object-oriented optimization and native-code compilation to create a scalable development environment, designed to help most major development environments make complex Java applications more efficient.

Instantiations intends to license JOVE to Java IDE vendors, enterprise software-development companies, and large corporate Java users.

The first beta release is scheduled for May 29, 1998 for Wintel platforms.

NSI Com chosen to supply Java software co-processor on ARM chips

Embedded-systems Java software supplier NSI Com has been chosen to supply its Java Software Co-Processor (JSCP) for ARM processors.

With JSCP, ARM chips will get such features as loading and executing standard Java code that seamlessly resides with non-Java applications. JSCP uses an encapsulation technique that delivers a low memory footprint and high performance.

NSI Com plans to extend JSCP with support for additional real-time operating systems and on ARM-based platforms.

IBM and NetObjects join products for Java site building

IBM and NetObjects announced that they will be integrating NetObjects Fusion ProPack e-business apps with IBM's VisualAge for Java development environment (Professional Edition) with the goal of making Java-based, commerce Web sites easier to build.

NetObjects Fusion ProPack is a set of seven applications that provide all the key technologies necessary to build e-business Web sites, including four sets of Java components for dynamic database access (one each for database server platforms from Allaire, Lotus, Netscape, and Microsoft). The ProPack also includes Scriptbuilder, a dedicated script editor, and Lotus BeanMachine for Java, a Java applet tool that lets developers add multimedia, special effects, smart forms, and live-data capabilities to sites.

AvantGo licenses Java for Palm Computing's Conduit SDK

Palm Computing, maker of the PalmPilot, has licensed Java synchronization technology from AvantGo Inc. for the Java edition of its Conduit Development Kit.

The Conduit Development Kit lets developers craft Java applications that synchronize with other applications (such as project schedulers and workflow managers) running on the Palm III organizer, as well as on other devices based on the Palm Computing platform. The toolkit can be used to exchange data between existing enterprise database applications and PalmPilot organizers.

AvantGo also announced that Palm Computing is bundling AvantGo Web Client and AvantGo Desktop (extending enterprise applications to handhelds) with the toolkit.

The Conduit Development Kit, Java Edition is available from Palm Computing for 69.

HiTecSoft NetBasic 7.0 for Java links Java and VB

HiTecSoft Corp. announced NetBasic 7.0 for Java, a Java-Visual Basic system that includes a component-based scripting model and a server-level interface to Java classes and JavaBeans.

NetBasic 7.0 is a Novell-supported scripting languages for IntranetWare. It can be used to create dynamic HTML for Web publishing as well as creating NDS and database-aware applications for NetWare.

The software uses an object-oriented component model known as the Universal Component System (UCS). It interacts with Java, JavaBeans, ActiveX, and other NetWare components, incorporating them. It also interacts with scripting languages such as JavaScript, REXX, Perl 5, etc. It makes all of the above appear as extensions to UCS.

NetBasic for Java uses UCS to locate and instantiate the independent Java and JavaBeans, and swallows them to run as an integrated part of its system. It can also call NetWare APIs directly, giving native access to applications that need it. It supports the Java Naming and Directory Interfaces.

Developers can add additional APIs to UCS, so any UCS component can then be accessed from Basic Scripts, Web, C/C++, Java, JavaScript, Perl, and Python.

Check with the company for pricing.

Quick stats: Sun foresees Java's market targets for 1998

Sun Microsystems projects that specific Java markets will see the following levels of shipments in 1998, based on product shipments so far this year:

  • Java-based smart cards, 500 million units
  • Java-based appliances and office machines, 203 million units
  • Personal computers with Java installed, 95 million units
  • Java-enabled servers, 2.2 million units

Oracle's Java plans for Oracle8.1

Oracle plans to detail the new Java features it has planned for the Oracle8.1 database on tax day, April 15.

Oracle8.1 should be available by the end of 1998, and will feature a Java VM for executing Java triggers and stored procedures in the database. The JVM will support thousands of concurrent users in a single environment. Oracle is also planning to enable execution of Enterprise JavaBeans business logic components in the database software.

No official word features like object inheritance. In Summer 1997, an Oracle official said that 8.1 would incorporate this feature, which allows the abilities of existing objects to pass on to new objects.

The version 8.1 general beta release is planned for Summer 1998.

JC100 component association formed

The Java Component 100 Association (JC100) was formed at the JavaOne show to provide JavaBean, servlet, and applet developers with a single access listing repository for development, distribution, support, marketing, and sales. And also to make sure that Java components work together.

JC100's Web site will be a bean supermarket, a listing of Java components and services available from the Association's members. As the site develops, Association officials have plans to evolve it to a place where members can engage in e-commerce with each other. And they plan to add testing, verification, and certification and optimization programs.

Founder and chairman Roger Bell said, "To begin with, the emphasis will be on building a development and support network. As component developers, what we have found is that we need to work together to ensure that our products interoperate and plug together like Lego's."

JC100 has been compared with the Java Financial Objects Exchange (JFOX) for the financial industry and the Java Telecom Object Network (JTONE) for telecommunications.

Core Technology adds filter enhancement to CTCBridge emulator

Core Technology is adding Underneath Filters 1.30, an enhancement package, to its CTCBridge T27 emulator for Java.

With Underneath Filters, users can now:

  • Access just the screens they need
  • Have buttons and menu items that change depending on the current screen or set of screens; each button/menu item can call a macro or run a script under administrator control

The package should be available in Q298. (CTCBridge T27 for Java is a full T27 emulator delivered through a Java applet.)

The company also announced that MultiBridge-32 1.21, a multiple-station pooling technology, has been added to the company's CTCBridge 5250 Emulation for Java product. (The 5250 product is a full 5250 emulator that is delivered through a Java applet. The emulator provides Internet/intranet access to IBM AS/400 midrange systems.)

MultiBridge-32 enables station pooling, which simplifies the configuration of networked workstations when a limited number of communication stations on the host need to be available intermittently to a larger number of users.

And the feature also makes it easy for users to access the AS/400 of their choice. Each AS/400 can have its own associated pool of stations available for allocation to clients, and each group or location of users can have their own pool, ensuring that one group can't lock out another group.

If you're already a support-contract user of the 5250 emulator, you get your update free. It should be available in Q298.

Borland VisiBroker flies past 30m worldwide licenses

Borland International announced that licenses for its VisiBroker Object Request Broker software passed the 30 million mark in 1997. VisiBroker (comes in a Java and a C++ version) is an development environment for crafting distributed applications.

Randy Hietter, director of product marketing at Borland, commented that "by forming strategic alliances with today's industry leaders, we have established Borland's technology as the de facto standard and have moved way ahead of the competition."

Following are some of the major customers who use VisiBroker with or in their products:

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