Sun?s JavaSoft unit made its first acquisition this week in the shape of Californian-based start-up, Longview Technologies, with its compiler technology for boosting Java?s speed.
The firm was set up in 1994 in Palo Alto and although it was incorporated as Longview, it traded as Animorphics.
Its seven staff will join Javasoft at its headquarters in Cupertino, and Sun will take the cost of purchase against its third quarter earnings.
Amy Porter, JavaSoft?s European marketing manager, said: "Longview has advanced performance technology, but the point of the acquisition was not just to improve Java?s speed, but also because we wanted those guys? brains. The full details will be revealed at Java One, but the technology will be integrated into the next release of the Java Development Kit (JDK) in about 9-12 months."
JavaSoft posted version 1.1 of its JDK on the Web yesterday at http://www.javasoft.com/. The JDK includes a Java Beans development kit and other improvements such as internationalisation, object serialisation, and signed applets.
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