While Apple has so far focused on the operating system segment of its Next Software acquisition, the firm has now confirmed that it intends to keep to Next's roadmap for its Web Objects development tools line.
Web Objects, which was first released in March 1996, will be ported to the Powermac, and is expected to support the merged Mac OS and Nextstep operating system - codenamed Rhapsody - by the middle of next year.
Version 3.1 of the product, codenamed French Roast, is due later this spring and will be able to generate Java servlets (applets that run on servers).
Release 3.5 will follow in the summer, with the focus on ease of use. It will come bundled with pre-built application components and include database application 'mentors', while scripting language support and installation will be made easier.
Version 4.0, due at the end of the year, will provide better Java support on the client side and include more application components.
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