Visitors to this week?s Internet World trade show in New York will find it?s a case of ?Java with everything? on the show floor.
First off the blocks will be Sun's Javasoft division itself, which will attempt to move its Java Beans strategy for component-based development off the drawing board into realisable product, with a beta version of its Bean Developer Kit, due to enter full release in the first quarter of next year.
The kit will provide users with an environment for Bean development and testing, including documentation on how to build a Bean and object code to carry out such work. It will also demonstrate a bridge between Java Beans and Microsoft's rival ActiveX.
Among the first commercial applications of Java Beans on display at the show will be IBM?s Java authoring tools, NetRexx and Applet Author. These will enable developers to produce Web pages and applications using Beans. IBM will also preview its Java-based Isis technology, which adds time elements to multimedia content on Web pages.
Meanwhile Novell will confirm plans to Java-enable its Web Access client software in order to give Groupwise users access to Universal Mailboxes. Java applets will be used to send attachments, manage documents and drag and drop functions. And Powersoft will roll out Starbuck, its Java rapid application development tool.
Elsewhere, in what is not quite a Java counter-offensive, Microsoft is hosting the ActiveX Pavilion, which provides a public showcase for 40 third party software suppliers to demonstrate ActiveX based applications, including 12 which are making their debut at Internet World.
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