JavaWorld News Briefs (6/1/97)

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Integrity Arts demonstrated a package for developing multiple smart card applications in Java at the CardTech/SecurTech '97 tradeshow. The development kit (not named at press time) includes an in-card virtual machine capable of running object-oriented Java applications, a set of system class libraries to support secure execution of multiple applications, and a set of software tools to develop and test applications. This package uses PCs to compile and test the applications, getting them ready to download and use with smart cards. The original demo ran several Java apps at the same time with only 256 bytes of RAM.

"Integrity Arts is proud to be the first company to bring the full power of Java to the smart card world," said Patrice Peyret, Integrity Arts' president. "Dynamic and secure multi-application smart cards are widely recognized as the key to driving the next wave of card business."

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Version control product to bundle with Visual Cafe Pro

In June, StarBase Corp.'s Versions 2.0 version control software (which provides project version control, visual differencing, build and milestone management, audit logs, security, and a project repository for individuals and groups of application and Web site developers) will be bundled with Symantec's Visual Cafe Pro, a visual development environment that allows developers to create Java database applications.

This agreement is the fourth (of seven proposed) bundling agreements by StarBase. The company has already struck agreements to bundle Versions 2.0 with Oracle, Asymetrix, and Haht Software products.

StarBase is encouraging upgrades of its product by offering Visual Cafe Pro users a 00 certificate (this comes with the bundled version) that can be applied toward an upgrade to StarTeam Workstation Professional 2.1.

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Prices out for Lotus Go Webservers and Domino servers

Lotus expects the Lotus Domino 4.6, Lotus Domino Mail 4.6, and Lotus Go Webserver 5.0 servers to be available in the third quarter '97. All were introduced in April 1997 as part of the IBM/Lotus Network Computing Framework, and all should be available beginning in July.

The Domino 4.6 applications and messaging server offers an integrated set of services that enables developers to rapidly develop and deploy custom business-critical apps. The single processor version will start at an estimated price of ,495.

The Domino Mail 4.6 messaging server provides Internet messaging, calendaring and scheduling, newsgroups, and real-time chat in a single, scalable infrastructure. Domino Mail supports industry standards. It will be available for an estimated retail price of 95.

The Go Webserver 5.0 Web publishing server allows managers and Web developers to quickly build, launch, manage, and improve their Web sites. The Lotus Go Webserver will cost 95.


Domino Mail: il.nsf

Go Webserver: m/lotusgo/

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Domino servers start field testing

Lotus is offering the Lotus Domino 4.6, the next version of Lotus' applications and messaging server, and the Lotus Domino Mail 4.6 Internet mail server for field testing to Lotus Business Partners at the end of May.

"With our Internet servers, Lotus delivers to customers the ability to start simple and grow fast as their Web business needs evolve. Our servers provide businesses with cutting-edge solutions that are easy to use and manage," said Eileen Rudden, senior VP of Lotus' Communications Products Division. "With Domino 4.6, we're enhancing our market-leading platform for building dynamic, secure Web applications for electronic business by supporting protocols like IMAP4 and LDAP, providing more Java integration and making it easier to set up and use. Domino Mail provides organizations with an ideal Internet communications platform that supports a broad range of mail clients, is easy to administer, and scales to the enterprise, while Lotus Go Webserver is a top-notch HTTP server that gets any business on the Web fast."

Pre-release versions of Domino 4.6 and Domino Mail 4.6 will be available to the public on the Web at the end of June.

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First Tennessee Bank goes online with Java

HOME Account Network, a financial software developer, is poised to launch its Financial Advisor software online to customers of the First Tennessee Bank in Memphis, TN. Financial Advisor is Java-based software that allows individuals to use advanced analysis and planning tools (previously available only to pension fund administrators, insurance company analysts, and other large investors) to plan a financial future.

Financial Advisor is just the start, though. The HOME Account Network's Java user interface and application servers also will enable First Tennessee customers to open accounts, view balances, automatically reconcile accounts, pay bills, and transfer funds. First Tennessee expects the Internet bank to be operational in the second half of '97.

"Our customers will soon be able to take advantage of the dynamic flexibility provided by HOME Account's Java-based system," said John Kelly, president of First Tennessee Bank. "Combined with high security and efficiency, this is the most comprehensive system in the marketplace."

HOME Account products include:

First Tennessee Bank:

HOME Account Network:

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MarketBuilder DB marketing software

Gateway Data Sciences Corp. is offering MarketBuilder 2.0, relationship and database marketing software that allows marketeers to incorporate a "gift registry" functionality to customer databases. This should give retailers a dynamic view of their customer relationships, thus illustrating opportunities to sell more to customers or find new markets.

The Java-based MarketBuilder 2.0 has a browser front-end and is platform-independent. It is aggressively priced at ,200 per store/location.

The way it works: Gift recipients select the gifts they would like to receive, at the same time registering such pertinent personal information as mailing address and phone number. This gives the retailer a list of preferences for the customer and a way to deliver targeted advertising to the customer in the future.

Gift givers then browse and select gifts via the company's Web site or from a self-service, touch-screen kiosk within the store. Scanner software allows items to be quickly added to the database. As customers choose and order products, they give up certain information about themselves: name, address, payment option, and the type of products they would choose. For the retailer, this delivers a new group of potential customers, their preferences, and their addresses.

According to Christine Lowry, product marketing manager for MarketBuilder, "Melding Gift Registry with MarketBuilder enables retailers to extend their reach beyond the physical limitations of their stores to manage all aspects of their customer relationships at less cost, from a single application and a single database."


Gift Registry:

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Traffic-Web: A merchandising task-management system

At the Retail Systems 97 tradeshow, New Logic demonstrated Traffic-Web 1.6, Java-based software used to manage multi-store projects using the Internet.

Originally designed to manage day-to-day projects in fast-paced advertising agencies, Traffic-Web is a database-driven intranet and secure Internet package that lets users access it from practically any device (desktop PC, notebook, network computer, or JavaStation), and use the Web to connect people with their projects, jobs, and tasks -- sort of a giant, detail-oriented, Web-based project scheduler. It works with the majors browsers (HotJava, Navigator, and Internet Explorer).

"We are focused on coordinating the details and complexities of fast-moving businesses, like retail merchandising," said Dwight Koop, New Logic's product development director.

Traffic-Web 1.6 is available now. For a minimum configuration, the server costs ,995. Version 1.8 should start shipping in July.

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IBM plans VLIW chip that runs Java

Engineers at IBM Corp.'s TJ Watson Research Center plan to build a prototype very-long-instruction-word (VLIW) chip that can run Java code as a basis for a single-board network computer. The researchers plan to construct an architecture that looks like an instruction-level-parallelism machine with RISC-like primitives.

"Our approach is to design a Java processor based on incrementally compiling Java bytecodes into a simple internal instruction-level-parallelism architecture [in other words, a VLIW]. This results in a simpler design compared to an out-of-order superscalar," the IBM research team revealed in a paper presented at the International Workshop on Security and Efficiency Aspects of Java.

The team cautions drooling Java lovers: "We are only researchers here. We are not talking about products," said Kemal Ebcioglu, manager of high-performance VLSI architectures.

In short, the concept in hardware is a VLIW chip with eight functional execution units and a chip interface compatible with the PowerPC 6XX-bus, pin-out specification. From the paper: "We envisage our chip as part of a single-board network computer, consisting of [the chip], an L2 cache, EDO DRAM and boot ROM, and a 6XX-to-PCI bus bridge connection to various peripherals on the board." (A VLIW chip usually has many execution units, laid out in a neat grid, that run multiple instructions on each clock cycle. VLIW requires smart compiler software to schedule those instructions.)

To leverage existing technology, the team will make the Java chip an extension of a PowerPC-based VLIW implementation that's already in the works. A major part of the implementation will be a VLIW software translator, code-named "Daisy," that will convert both Java and PowerPC code into machine code that the VLIW processor can execute.

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Intel's immediate goal: Supercharge Pentiums for Java

Intel is developing just-in-time compilers to speed up Java performance. In fact, to make sure Java runs fastest on Intel, the company is making improvements to both its hardware and software. But don't fear, Intel users! Pat Gelsinger, VP and general manager of desktop products at Intel, assures users that these improvements won't create a "special-purpose" chip. "Intel will not do that stupid thing -- not while I'm running the desktop products group," Gelsinger said. "We have no intention, no desire, no interest at all in pursuing special-purpose Java chips."

And according to the company, already glowing from recent reports that Java runs better on Intel ("Intel claims Java runs best on Intel" and "Java performance on NCs not up to speed," JavaWorld, May 1997), Intel is not planning to embed Java in its improved Pentiums.

Intel's white paper, "Java and the Intel Architecture," has more information about the company's direction.

"Java and the Intel Architecture":

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Parts for Java 2.0 IDE will support Beans and CORBA

ObjectShare delivers Parts for Java 2.0, an upgrade of its integrated development environment for developers of enterprise-class Java applications with enhancements that include support for the JavaBeans object model and the Object Management Group's CORBA architecture. The new version also includes a project-management feature that supports team development, a graphical debugger, and an improved visual programming environment.

Parts for Java 2.0 lets developers build JavaBeans and either embed them in an application or store them in a repository. It supports both the CORBA Internet Inter-ORB Protocol (IIOP) and Java's Remote Method Invocation (RNI) for distributed computing. The IDL wizard lets developers select the needed CORBA object and drop it into an applet. The wizard generates the Java and IDL source code.

Get Parts for Java 2.0 on ObjectShare's site for 49. aq.htm

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Change FreeHand documents to HTML code

You add Trailer Parc Technologies' Insta.html into FreeHand 7.0's Xtra folder, and the software will convert your FreeHand file for Web use. Complex layouts are preserved and graphics are automatically converted to GIFs or JPEGs. Insta.html also supports Navigator and Microsoft Font Face attributes, so you can designate substitute fonts to display in compliant browsers if your first choice is unavailable.

Insta.html also recognizes and maintains hyperlinks you set up with FreeHand's URL Editor. Also, users can make placeholders in the FreeHand document for Java applets or Shockwave animations, and Insta.html will generate the code you need to incorporate them in the resulting Web pages.

Price for Insta.html is 49. html

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2 heavyweights license Schlumberger's Solo Java Card

Schlumberger Electronic Transactions announced semiconductor manufacturers SGS Thomson and Texas Instruments have licensed its Java Card implementation, called Solo. Solo is the Java virtual machine (JVM) used in the company's Cyberflex smart card, commercially available since May 12.

The license allows these two companies (with Motorola and Hitachi to follow soon) to implement the Solo VM (which adheres to the Java Card API spec) in their smart card chips. Solo is a Java interpreter, a smart card OS, and microprocessor interface.

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