Cupertino, Calif. --December 15, 1997--Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) the leading provider of Java development environments today announced that Visual Café for Java fully integrates with Black & White Software's Orbixbuilder, for the first time giving Java developers an easy path to develop serious CORBA-based Java enterprise applications. Developers use familiar visual tools and drag-and-drop actions to automatically generate code that is CORBA IIOP enabled, greatly increasing corporate and enterprise programmer productivity. This unprecedented combination of world class technologies is a critical step toward making CORBA and Java development a serious reality.
For Java based development on Windows platforms, OrbixBuilder installs itself as an integrated extension to Symantec Visual Café for Java, thus extending graphical Java development capabilities to CORBA based distributed objects. The result is an infrastructure for building or migrating applications that function across the Internet and corporate intranets. The OrbixWeb Java object request broker (ORB) from Black & White partner IONA Technologies is included in the package, offering an industrial strength ORB that is implemented in pure Java.
"This relationship shows how easy it is to integrate and use Visual Café for Java for Enterprise level application development," says Mansour Safai, Vice President of Symantec's Internet Tools Division. "We are committed to providing solutions our developers need in a timely fashion; support for an open architecture environment solution and open, standards-based platform. This relationship brings an integrated enterprise solution to Visual Café for Java customers today."
Using OrbixBuilder for Symantec Visual Café for Java, server interfaces are specified with the integrated IDL editor, which provides a convenient UI for running the OrbixWeb compiler and for quickly locating errors. After a server is built, it is easily deployed, registered, and monitored along with other servers across multiple hosts using the server management facilities. The included interface repository browser allows a developer to navigate CORBA interfaces and use drag and drop techniques to integrate calls into existing applets and applications.
Todd Scallan, Director of Business Development at Black & White, said, "We investigated integrating with other Java development tools including Borland's JBuilder and Microsoft J++, but found that Symantec's Visual Café for Java brings tremendous ease of use and functionality as well as tremendous customer satisfaction. Black & White's Java products are built using Visual Café for Java. Today's announcement broadens the scope of Black & White's visual solutions to Java development on the Windows NT platform, and further validates CORBA as the middleware standard for developing three tier Web applications."
Clients can be created as Java applications or as applets that can be launched from within any Web browser. Since OrbixBuilder installs itself into Visual Café for Java, common GUI builder capabilities can be used to interactively create the user interface portion of a client application. GUI components can be easily attached to CORBA objects, such as a pushbutton to invoke a particular server operation. OrbixBuilder includes a browser for visually discovering CORBA server interfaces across a network. Details about server interfaces can be viewed, such as the operations supported by a particular interface or the parameters for an operation. To accelerate the coding process, the user can drag an interface, attribute or operation, and drop it into a source code editor. The associated bind or invocation call is automatically written in Java, including the try block, system and user exceptions, and invocation parameters.
OrbixBuilder ensures that Java/CORBA code is generated correctly. For example, applets must import the correct server stub classes along with CORBA marshaling classes, while callback code must ensure that the GUI and CORBA event loops are properly meshed.
About Black & White Software
Black & White Software develops and markets off-the-shelf software products for creating distributed applications based on the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA). The Black & White solution consists of a methodology for correctly specifying and implementing distributed applications based on CORBA, and industry-leading tools to enable the construction of these applications. The Black & White product line addresses rapid development in Java and C++, distributed object diagnostics, access control and usage metering for deployment, and three-tier access to relational databases. Also offered are technical support, training and consulting services to ensure the success of customer projects utilizing the Black & White solution.
About Visual Café for Java
Visual Café for Java is the third generation release of Symantec's award winning Café line behind Café and Visual Café, and is designed for use by developers who need to write, debug and deploy Java applications that interface with relational databases. Visual Café for Java comes in three versions: Visual Café for Java Web Development Edition, Visual Café for Java Professional Development Edition and Visual Café for Java Database Development Edition. The Visual Café for Java Database Development Edition includes Symantec's powerful Java IDE, Symantec's dbANYWHERE middleware server solution, Symantec's Visual Page HTML authoring application, Netscape FastTrack Web server, Netscape Communicator Web browser, 100 plus JavaBeans including database enabled beans, 20 database templates, JFC, JDK 1.1.4, native compilation, incremental debugging, and is the most complete solution for Java development.
About Symantec's Internet Tools Division
The Symantec Internet Tools Division pioneered the Java development tools market by delivering the first professional development product in March 1996. Since then, the division has continued to develop, market and support a complete line of Java development tools worldwide, which takes advantage of the latest advances in Java technology. The company's line of Windows and Macintosh products, including, Café, Visual Café for Java, and Visual Page. These products have garnered widespread industry acceptance and have won numerous industry awards.
Symantec Corporation helps make users productive and keep their computers safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of solutions and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand recognition. The company is focused on addressing customer needs in three main application areas: the Norton Product line of anti-virus and PC-assistance products; the pcANYWHERE, WinFax, and ACT! product lines that cater to remote user productivity; and the Café product lines in Internet development tools.
Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe, Japan, and several fast-growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC, Symantec Corporation is based in Cupertino, California, and employs more than 2,000 people. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, (541) 334-6054, or accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.symantec.com.
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