Database development has come to the world of Java with the launch of a new visual tool from Symantec.
Visual Cafe Pro allows developers to build applications for accessing corporate databases over the Internet or corporate intranets using the JavaSoft JDBC application programming interface (API).
Symantec claims it is the first tool available for creating database-aware Java applications and applets. "Intranet developers have been waiting for a visual tool that will let them use Java for creating database applications," said Mansour Safai, general manager of Symantec's Internet tools division.
"Using Visual Cafe Pro, developers will be able to create interactive database forms in a matter of minutes."
To help developers build their database-enabled Java applications, Symantec has included in Visual Cafe Pro a number of interactive wizard tools for creating Web forms and tables. The software also includes tools for viewing and accessing database structures.
To accompany the tool, Symantec has developed middleware technology called dbAnywhere Workgroup Server for creating multi-platform, multi-tier Internet applications. Visual Cafe Pro includes dbAware components which developers can use to build their database applications.
The middleware software supports direct connections to Visual Cafe Pro's own local database, Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and Sybase. Symantec said it expects dbAnywhere to support third-party JDBC and ODBC bridge software when they become available, providing connectivity to ODBC-compliant databases.
Visual Cafe Pro runs under Windows 95 and Windows NT. It will be available in December, priced at #479.
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