Netscape is to release the source code for its Directory Software Developers Kit (SDK) and Console SDK later this year, in a bid to fuel adoption of its Directory Server.
The two SDKs are developer toolkits designed to help programmers build directory-enabled Internet applications that can be centrally managed using Netscape's Mission Control administration console.
Netscape claims that 25 independent software vendors (ISVs) are already using its directory technology in their applications, and two more companies, Netegrity and Novera, have just joined their ranks. The companies claim that Netscape's is the first directory product that allows them to embed pre-built directory and administration capabilities into their software.
The Directory SDK will not just allow developers to write applications for Netscape's Directory Server, but for any directory service that supports LDAP access. ISVs could write their own LDAP-compliant directory services or servers and use the Directory SDK code to access them. This could encourage LDAP use among the developer community, which would benefit Netscape as well as other directory vendors such as Microsoft and Novell.
Bruce Sterling, development engineer at LDAP server vendor Isode, said: "It's good news all round: LDAP is an interesting technology for storing configuration information, and this might encourage people to play with it, which is a good thing."
The Directory SDK source code will be available on the mozilla.org Web site in Q3 this year, while the Console SDK will be released in Q4. Binary versions are available on the Netscape Web site.
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