Next Software is the last in a trio of software houses to announce Web development toolsets. Following Borland's and Microsoft's previews of new tools last week, Next introduced Webobjects Enterprise 3.0, which now includes the Webobjects Builder graphical development environment and support for browser-based components.
Developers can choose between traditional HTML forms or browser-based applets to connect client-side components to server applications. Processing can also be balanced between Web client components and servers, decreasing the need for page redisplay and improving user satisfaction.
Next also plans to offer server-side Java integration in Webobjects. This capability, bizarrely codenamed French Roast, will enable developers to write Webobjects applications entirely in Java. The server-side Java extensions can be downloaded by existing customers from December, from Next's Web site. The Webobjects product set includes pre-built client and server components so that traditional client/server applications can be extended rapidly to the Web. The application server dynamically creates SQL for access to corporate data.
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