JavaSoft officially launched its 100% Java initiative on the opening day of the Java One show in San Francisco, claiming support from all the industry heavy-hitters with the continued exception of Microsoft.
The 100% Pure Java initiative provides a standardized label for new applications written in the Java language. To attain the right to use the brand, suppliers will have to submit their Java applications for testing and certification by an independent company, Utah-based KeyLabs at a cost of $1,150 a shot.
Java Soft said it planned to introduce educational and consulting programs later this year that application developers can use to help them through the testing process, which takes between five and ten days. Applications will be tested on IBM, Hewlett Packard,.Sun and Apple hardware.
The 100 per cent initiative is backed by many leading industry players - including IBM, Oracle, Netscape and Novell - but Microsoft remains out in the cold. Javasoft president Alan Baratz said the company had wanted to be sponsor the Java One conference, but was told that it could not unless it put its name to the 100% initiative. Microsoft declined.
But Baratz admitted that to date Microsoft had adhered to the principles of 100 per cent pure Java and said he had no evidence that this would not continue to be the case. "We would love Microsoft to do pure Java extensions," he said. "The only point at which we get uncomfortable is when there are extensions that are locked into proprietary Microsoft APIs."
At the conference, Microsoft announced enhancements to its application foundation classes, which it continues to maintain are cross platform and not proprietary. Enterprise libraries will be introduced that can link Java programmes with directory and transaction services.
Microsoft also shipped an update to its Java virtual machine Version 4.0, that it claims will run faster than other virtual machines and would allow developers to integrate ActiveX and Java Beans components. The update will be embedded in Internet Explorer 4.0.
In addition, the company plans to produce a Java version of its Distributed Common Object Model that will allow it to run on platforms other than NT and a few flavours of Unix.
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