News and New Product Briefs (5/15/98)

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The Cyberflex is built on Schlumberger's Cyberflex 2.0 Core technology. The Philips P83C858 IC provides a maximum key length of 2,048 bits; the key length can be scaled in steps of 32 bits. The cryptocontroller contains the FAME (Fast Accelerator for Modular Exponentiation) arithmetic coprocessor -- which means fast execution speeds, allowing users to use longer key lengths for better security.


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Infosys deploys Java help desk system for Copeland

Infosys Technologies announced it will create the Java-based Client Services Workstation (CSW) for the Copeland Companies, a U.S. retirement planning products provider that also provide services for non-profits. CSW is an integrated intranet application that delivers a graphical front end for a back-end help-desk system.

With CSW, Copeland can offer users a personalized interface based on their industry category. The CSW's easy-to-use GUI provides a single channel for users to access client information from several sources.

CSW is the first step in Copeland's migration to distributed object technology. The final system will consist of a three-tiered architecture that features a Window 95/NT client, an NT object server, and an AS/400 database server. Data access is serviced by JDBC.

Manage.Com debuts FrontLine Manager for intranets

Manage.Com, a start-up, has introduced FrontLine Manager, Java-based software for managing IP-based desktops, servers, and network resources.

FrontLine Manager is designed to handle day-to-day operational management tasks, such as immediate response to alerts. It includes a thin-client, Web browser GUI to offer views of applications, network services, servers, desktops, hubs, switches, and routers. There are also easily upgradable Java agents to provide dynamic resource-status monitoring, and an object database for dynamic representation of network status and device relationships.

FrontLine Manager supports standard SNMP agents and proprietary Management Information Bases (MIBs) from 3Com, Bay Networks, Cisco Systems, and Cabletron Systems. A single copy supports 255 devices.

FrontLine Manager runs on Windows NT and Solaris at a price of ,995 per copy. It should be available by May 31, 1998.

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IBM builds VR and 3D Enterprise JavaBeans

IBM plans to unveil several new Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB), spanning the spectrum from merchandising virtual reality applications to Webmaster-specific EJB tools.

According to IBM officials, the Webmaster tool will let Web professionals create EJBs with access to SQL databases using a scripting language, with no knowledge of Java. Look for this tool by the end of 1998.

Other IBM EJBs will provide enough bandwidth support for digital video applications and define new client "platforms" (such as chips to be deployed on freight packages). IBM also is working on EJBs for HotVideo, for Panoramix (a 3D online store), and MerchandiseVR (a VR-oriented catalog).

IBM will deliver an sample of its EJBs in June.

Caribou Lake adds to its JSQL products

Caribou Lake Software announced three new or improved products to its JSQL product line -- Jpass 3.0, Jtunnel 3.0, and Jsockets.

Jpass 3.0 allows pass-through JDBC calls from client applications to any database server through a Web server. Jtunnel 3.0 delivers JDBC calls through DNS-disabling firewalls and reverse-proxies. Both products let users extend JDBC applications to multitier architectures.

The new Jsockets is a general-purpose firewall-tunneling product, designed to be used for delivering Java applets and business objects from the application server to the Internet. Users can deploy Java components to the client from server-side Java applications. Unlike other HTTP-tunneling socket solutions, Jsockets supports full-duplex communication, allowing clients to listen for connections from other Jsockets clients. And Jsockets supports SSL, so users can create a virtual private network between any Internet nodes, regardless of configuration.

The products should be available in July 1998. Until then, try free, fully functional evaluation copies of Caribou Lake products, at the Web site.

FileMaker Pro 4.0 edition certified 100 Percent Pure

FileMaker announced FileMaker Pro 4.0 Developer Edition has received 100 Percent Pure Java certification from KeyLabs.

The FileMaker Pro 4.0 Developer Edition features an API that allows developers to write external functions for FileMaker Pro databases, to expand the core functionality of FileMaker Pro 4.0. It incorporates Java class libraries to provide access to FileMaker Pro databases across all operating systems.

"For years, FileMaker Pro has been one of the best cross-platform databases on the market," said FileMaker president Dominique Goupil. "The Developer Edition, with 100 Percent Java certification, allows developers to enjoy the benefits of easily developing cross-platform custom solutions all in one product. This will be especially important as more developers are creating databases for company Internet, intranet, and extranet Web sites," said Goupil.

FileMaker Pro 4.0 runs on most PC and Unix environments. It is scheduled to ship in June for a price of 99.

Baltimore Technologies debuts Java/SSL and C/SSL

Baltimore Technologies offers two new language versions of the secure sockets layer (SSL) system used by Web browsers for secure transmissions -- J/SSL (for Java) and C/SSL (for C).

Both products will be released as toolkits for developers of e-commerce security software. With the toolkits, application programmers can easily add security features to most Internet applications like electronic banking, online trading, and remote access.

Creating security toolkits for both Java and C leverages the reality of the market, said Baltimore officials. Java is the leading language for client communications, and C is tops in server applications. Both toolkits are compatible with each other.

J/SSL is Java-compatible. C/SSL is portable to Windows (16-bit and 32-bit), Linux, Solaris, VMS, MVS, SunOS, and HP-UX platforms.

Novell chooses POET for Java networking products

Novell has chosen to license POET Software's POET Object Server object database and SQL Object Factory as a common repository for its products.

Novell will incorporate POET technology in the new Java-based Common Install feature of Novell's upcoming NetWare server platform. Novell also will use POET technology in other Java development projects designed to add new capabilities for storing, managing, and retrieving object-oriented data.

POET's compliance with the Object Database Management Group (ODMG) standard, as well as its implementation of Java language bindings, performance, scalability, functionality, footprint, and cross-platform support are reasons Novell picked POET's technology. According to Glenn Ricart, Novell CTO, "The POET Object Server technology is a perfect match with our increased emphasis on Java development projects, offering excellent integration with the NetWare operating system and our server-based Java computing environment. POET's Java enables transparent persistence for Java applications; we expect to leverage this functionality in an increasing number of projects."

The POET Object Server language bindings let developers store Java and C++ application objects transparently in native form. The POET SQL Object Factory automatically maps application objects into SQL for seamless storage of objects in relational databases.

CST debuts Jacada for CA-Telon

CST announced Jacada for CA-Telon, a development environment that automates Java, VB, or Windows graphical clients generation for Computer Associates' CA-Telon products. CA-Telon is an application development system for COBOL and PL/I applications.

Integrating CA-Telon and Jacada gives the CA-Telon applications a fast enhancement by automatically generating graphical thin-client interfaces that require no changes to the CA-Telon application. The client can be generated in Java, Visual Basic, or Windows.

Information on availability was not ready at press time. offers on-site code analyzer is offering a code analyzer on its site. The analyzer will automatically decompile and analyze Java resources within the Gamelan directory, giving developers a peek at the insides of some of the best Java applets available.

To use the code analyzer, developers just click on the "detail" button alongside individual resources in the Java directory. In essence, this technology allows developers in need of coding tips to deconstruct more than 2,000 cutting-edge Java applets.

"The detailed information provided by the 'code analyzer' is the ultimate offering for our audience as it's an incredible facilitator for the tasks involved in their development work," said Bill Gollan, senior VP of online services at EarthWeb.

PixTools gives Java image-handling capabilities

Pixel Translations announced PixTools for Java, a JavaBeans toolkit designed for client-based image decompression and display.

With PixTools, users can construct platform-independent imaging clients or add document-image capabilities to existing Java clients. PixTools comes as a set of beans components that can be integrated easily (often on the component palettes) in Java development tools.

PixTools offers:

  • high-speed display of binary images, including zoom, scroll, and rotate, in Pixel's format or Wang/Eastman format

  • scale-to-gray capabilities for superior image readability

  • image printing

  • client-based file handling and decompression of TIFF/G3, TIFF/G4, and JBIG formats

  • sample code, including source for a sample viewer applet

The JBIG and server-based TIFF-to-JBIG transcoding capabilities deliver a bandwidth-optimized method of passing document images to a remote client.

PixTools is extensible, so developers can add decoders for specialized image formats and input handling for non-HTTP data sources.

Pixel Translations is a division of Input Software.

The PixTools for Java toolkit should ship by the end of the second quarter of this year; pricing is expected to be ,995, with license fees on a per-server or per-site basis.

Progress Apptivity 2.1 adds features and enhancements

Progress Software announced Apptivity 2.1, the latest version of its application server/development tool for Java, with new features and enhancements, including HTTP tunneling and an expanded database driver set.

New Apptivity features in 2.1 include:

  • HTTP tunneling for faster and easier Web application deployment
  • new database drivers, including one for the PROGRESS RDBMS
  • an integrated distributed debugger
  • CORBA support

Apptivity applications can be deployed to any JDK 1.02 or 1.1 platform. Apptivity 2.1 is compatible with any JDBC- or ODBC-compliant data source. Current Apptivity customers get a free upgrade to Apptivity 2.1. It costs ,995, which includes Apptivity Developer and a five-user Apptivity Application Server. Additional licenses start at ,000 for a 20-user server.

VIP debuts Java Inet gateway between Notes and IBM Digital Library

VIP Ltd. and InfoCal LLC announced Collaboration Connect, a jointly developed set of Java-based tools to connect Lotus Notes and the Domino Server with IBM's Digital Library or ImagePlus VisualInfo products.

The Collaborative Connect Java components run within a Notes 4.6 client or Domino browser to enable real-time access of content stored in a Digital Library or VisualInfo repository. With Collaborative Connect, users also can load content based on scan and store processes. According to company officials, this provides the best of both worlds -- combining the collaboration features of Notes and the content-management features of Digital Library and VisualInfo.

"Having industry-dominant software like Notes, VisualInfo and the Digital Library with Java as the glue allows us to create uniquely valuable solutions for our customers," stated InfoCal president Paul Grudnitski. "Customers have been asking for tighter integration between Notes and Digital Library. Collaboration Connect gives customers the ability to significantly leverage their investments in either Notes or Digital Library, or create entirely new application solutions that were previously not feasible."

VIP will be offering Collaboration Connect to Lotus, IBM, and customers as a part of the VIP QuickLaunch Series of professional-services offerings.

VIP Ltd. is an IBM Premier business partner. InfoCal LLC is a Lotus Premium Partner.



Novera/Allied Group offer jBusiness Java kiosk management

Novera Software has partnered with The Allied Group to craft Java kiosk-management applications for the retail market. The software will be based on Novera's jBusiness product.

An example of the kiosk-management systems that the two companies will be deploying includes a self-service, nationwide retail gift registry, using the jBusiness management component so single kiosks can provide access to bridal, baby, retirement, and graduation registries.

"This partnership is further evidence that server-side Java is a viable option for the development of enterprise-wide, business applications," said Novera marketing VP David Butler.

Prism adds Java engine to data warehouse tools

Prism Solutions debuts a new Java engine in its Executive Suite, a data-transformation engine that facilitates the process of data warehousing.

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