Netscape has committed itself to Sun's Javabeans technology, strengthening the anti-Microsoft alliance. But it asked its developer community to join it without reassuring them that Java will run quickly enough to be competitive.
The company announced yesterday at its Devcon developers' meeting in San Jose that it will work with Java partners IBM, Oracle and Sunsoft to integrate the Javabeans components technology with the Corba standard for object request brokers. The partners have submitted a proposal to the Object Management Group, Corba's governing body.
The company said at Devcon that it is now shipping its new flagship browser product, Communicator, and Suitespot 3.0 and announced that all Netscape services - applications, debuggers and languages - will be accessible via Javabeans by early 1998, when Netscape updates Communicator and Suitespot under codenames Mercury and Apollo.
Hahn said developing applications and making them work with many environments is an expensive, difficult task. By allowing application design using Internet standards, which work with any environment, Hahn claimed Netscape has listened to customers who want lower costs. "It is inherently cross-platform and available on demand without downloading to the desktop."
Netscape, adding more complexity to its confusing message, is hoping developers will use the term 'Crossware' to refer to its strategy. The details are outlined in a white paper by chief technology officer Marc Andreessen, available on Netscape's Web site.
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