Sybase has announced the latest member of its Net.impact family of Web development tools, a Java rapid application development tool, codenamed Starbuck.
While Starbuck is not due until the second half of next year, it is currently available in pre-release form under the Starbuck Early Access Programme. Developers can download the tool for evaluation from http://www.powersoft.com.
Chris Howgego, business unit director at Sybase?s Powersoft unit, said: ?While people may not be developing serious applications in Java yet, you have to have a tick in the box for dynamic Web access. Starbuck is meant to open the market up to developers wanting to learn the language - we hope to do with the Intranet what we did with our client/server tools.?
Starbuck is aimed at developers building business applications for both client and server machines and offers database support via ODBC, JDBC and Sybase?s Omniconnect middleware. Sybase also plans to support Java natively in its SQL Server database by the time the tool ships.
No brand name, packaging or pricing has yet been decided, but the tool is being positioned against such offerings as Borland?s JBuilder and Symantec?s Cafe.
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