Sun?s Javasoft unit is taking its first tentative steps into the world of server-based application development in the shape of the Java Server Product Family.
The Family, which was formerly called Jeeves until Javasoft discovered the name was trademarked elsewhere, comprises the Java Server Toolkit, Web Server, Servlet Development Kit and NC Server.
Amy Porter, Javasoft?s European marketing manager, said: ?This suite of products was the next logical step for us since we got the applets in place. Servlets are the server version of applets and they offer better performance for dynamic content than CGI currently does.?
The Family is based on the Java Server application programming interface (API), which is packaged up in the Toolkit. This was used by Javasoft to built its Java Web Server, which is currently in beta.
The Web Server is a free-of-charge downloadable product, but requires version 1.1 of the Java Development Kit to run. It will not work with beta or earlier releases.
The Servlet Development Kit, which includes the Java Servlet API, a servlet engine for testing code, and documentation, can be downloaded from JavaSoft?s Web site at www.javasoft.com.
Servlets run inside Web servers and can generate dynamic content, whereas applets currently run in Web browsers and only allow users to view static content. They have no graphical user interface and, like applets, are downloadable from the Internet.
As we went to press, no information was available on the Java NC Server.
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