Sun is gearing up for its second JavaOne conference with the announcement of two more pieces for the Java jigsaw.
Last week it unveiled a new Java specification for naming and directory services and its long awaited HotJava Web browser, ahead of the conference being held in San Francisco later in the month.
The Java Naming and Directory Interface (JNDI) is designed to allow developers to provide Java applications with a common way to access enterprise information.
Naming and directory services provide access to information about users, machines, networks, services and applications. Information about users includes security details, phone numbers, electronic addresses and application preferences. Details on the machine include information on network addresses and machine configurations.
Sun has worked with industry partners including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Netscape and Novell. The JNDI application programming interface will provide Java developers with access to standard directory services such as NDS, NIS, DNS and LDAP.
Explaining the importance to JavaSoft of the JNDI specification Jim Mitchell, VP of technology and architecture at JavaSoft, said: "Java continues to grow in the enterprise arena and we are continuing to provide ground-breaking solutions for business."
The draft specification is available at the JavaSoft Web site. Final specification of JNDI is expected in the second quarter and JavaSoft will develop a reference implementation by the third quarter.
The second announcement from JavaSoft concerned its HotJava Web browser, which has been in development for ages. Not any more. On 24 March, Sun subsidiary JavaSoft will release version 1 of the browser.
The browser is written entirely in Java and, not surprisingly, complies with JavaSoft's 100% Pure Java specification for Java applications. It supports standard Internet protocols including the HTML 3.2 standard, Secure Socket Layer (SSL) 3.0, Java Applet 1.1, Java Archive (JAR) format, the Object HTML tag and persistent cookies.
Speaking to PC Week last week, Amy Porter, European marketing manager at JavaSoft, said that although HotJava began life as a Web browser it has now evolved into a complete Java environment. "When HotJava was in beta, we received feedback from developers which led us to reposition the technology as more than a browser." She explained that HotJava is now a complete graphical subsystem for Java.
The HotJava browser will be available on 24 March from JavaSoft's Web site http://java.sun.com.
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