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Symantec Releases Version 2.1 of Visual Café for Java Database Development Edition for Windows 95/NT

New Version of Visual Café for Java Provides Integrated JDBC Development, Enabling Connection of Java Applications to More Databases

Cupertino, Calif. --December 15, 1997--Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC), the leading provider of Internet development tools, announced today the availability of Visual Café for Java 2.1 Database Development Edition, an open standard, multi-platform, Rapid Application Development (RAD) tool for writing, debugging and deploying Java applets and applications that interface with relational databases.

Through integrated support of JDBC — an open standard for Java to database communication — and bundling of Symantec's dbANYWHERE middleware server solution, Symantec's Visual Page HTML authoring application, Netscape FastTrack Web server, Netscape Communicator Web browser and Sybase SQL Anywhere database— Symantec's award-winning rapid application development environment Visual Café for Java 2.1 Database Development Edition offers the most complete package for developing, prototyping and deploying database aware Java solutions.

"This power-packed incremental release, coming just one month after Version 2, underlines our commitment to keep our customers at the forefront of Java development, and to bring them open development platforms," said Mansour Safai, vice president of Symantec's Internet Tools division. "The Database Development Edition of the award-winning Visual Café for Java development environment contains every essential, advanced feature that professional Java Internet and intranet developers tell us they need to create business-critical Java applications and applets that connect with enterprise databases."

Visual Café for Java 2.1 Database Development Edition provides a powerful upgrade path for current owners of Symantec Visual Café Pro through the integration of the development power provided by the latest Java technology and the most complete set of tools to enable Java applications to interface with relational databases. In addition to including all the features announced for Visual Café for Java Professional Development Edition (EDITOR'S NOTE: see today's separate release, SYMANTEC RELEASES VERSION 2.1 OF VISUAL CAFÉ FOR JAVA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EDITION), Visual Café for Java 2.1 Database Development Edition also includes an integrated JDBC development environment, enabling:

  • Development of Java applets and applications that can use any JDBC driver;
  • JDBC construction support through the database wizard;
  • JDBC API support through the database wizard;
  • JDBC construction support through the dbNavigator.

Also included in this release is an updated dbANYWHERE Server (Version 1.1), which provides performance improvements and enhanced error message handling. The dbANYWHERE full server included with Visual Café for Java 2.1, Database Development Edition supports 25 concurrent connections and provides native support for — Oracle, Informix, Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server as well as 30 plus databases through ODBC. The dbANYWHERE Server has unlimited support to Sybase SQL Anywhere and Microsoft Access.

Visual Café for Java 2.1 Database Development Edition includes support for the latest Java technology as well as a number of third party APIs, making it the most open, powerful, complete and robust solution for professional Java developers. Key features in this new release include:
JDBC. Develop database Java applications and applets that take advantage of the integrated JDBC support in Visual Café for Java Database Development Edition. JDBC provides Java programmers with an open, standard interface to a wide range of relational databases, and provides a common base on which higher level tools and interfaces can be built.
Open DML Logic. Allows for extended JDBC functionality provided by the user. Allows people to use stored procedures for inserts updates and deletes, as well as previously supported select.
Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer debugging. Enables developers to debug any Java applet from within the context of the most popular browsers (requires Navigator 4.04 with JDK 1.1 PR3 patch or IE 4.0.) No other Java development tool offers the flexibility of testing and debugging from within either browser — this enables developers to make use of Java classes that are unique to each browser's Virtual Machine and to preview browser-dependent differences;
Support for JDK 1.1.4. The source editor, interaction wizard, form editor, parser, debugger, and compiler all work with JDK 1.1.4, and developers can code using 1.1.4 APIs, allowing developers to take advantage of the latest in Java technology;
Debugging Support for Virtual Machines. Visual Café for Java 2.1 Database Development Edition provides debugging support in the Netscape VM, Microsoft Explorer VM and Symantec's own VM;
Property-Based Customizers. Enables developers to edit the properties of composite JavaBeans not accessible or available through the JavaBeans Property List;
Open APIs for Third Parties. Currently more than 100 ISVs in Symantec's Visual Café for Java Coalition program are upgrading their tools to extend Visual Café for Java's capabilities with the open API architecture. Included are VTune JIT API, Data Binding API, VCS API, and the Java Project Templates API.
Just-in-Time (JIT) Compiler 3.0. Enhancements have been implemented in the compiler to make it even faster; it is now the fastest shipping JIT compiler ever —faster than Microsoft's Virtual Machine according to several benchmarks including Caffeinemark, jMark and BYTEMARK;

Visual Page HTML Web authoring and publishing tool. Applets created within Visual Café for Java can be dragged and dropped into a full-featured web authoring environment Visual Page, allowing developers to easily preview applet and to build web pages around it;
Netscape Communicator. Java applets can be run and viewed in this popular Java-enabled browser;
Compilation of pure Java source to byte-code or native executables. The Win32 compiler allows developers to take pure Java source code and compile it directly to native x86 code, automatically generating a fast, stand alone Windows executable application;
Advanced debugging. Incremental debugging enables the developer to make changes to the source code while the application is running and dramatically reduces development time by eliminating the typical edit/save/recompile/debug cycle. It also allows a developer to interactively compile and debug individual methods as the applet or application is running, while remote debugging offers developers more options and flexibility in their debugging cycle;
Drag-and-drop JavaBeans. JavaBeans can be incorporated into applications by inserting or by dragging and dropping them into the Form Editor; all components (over 100) included with Visual Café for Java Database Development Edition are now JavaBeans. With Symantec's unique introspection method, more third party JavaBeans properties can be viewed and modified than in any other Java development environment. The latest version of JavaSoft's JFC library is included in the component library;
Conversion of JDK 1.02 projects to JDK 1.1.4 format. Projects are automatically converted from JDK 1.02 to JDK 1.1.4 with a click of a button, enabling existing Java development projects to be leveraged;
Bundling and JAR (Java archive) support. Reduces the size of applications and applets by employing ZIP/JAR compression for easy distribution;
Insert Class Wizard. The new Insert Class Wizard gives developers the ability to extend classes and overwrite methods easily;

Other third party additions. The following third party tools are also included:

  • Object Space's JGL: A collection of high quality algorithms and containers for use by professional developers;
  • Object Design's PSE for Java: A personal object database which allows developers to write applications and applets with persistence;
  • Starbase Versions Control.
  • Visual Numerics. JNL. An advanced numeric library
  • KL Group. A set of professional and chart components.

Visual Café for Java Product Line
Symantec's suite of Java development tools include both HTML and Java authoring products, designed to address the complete range of Internet development needs. Internet development tools offered by Symantec include Visual Page, Visual Café for Java 2.0 Web Development Edition, Visual Café for Java 2.1 Professional Development Edition (EDITOR'S NOTE: see today's separate release, SYMANTEC RELEASES VERSION 2.1 OF VISUAL CAFÉ FOR JAVA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EDITION), and Visual Café for Java 2.1 Database Development Edition, which are available for Windows 95/NT and Macintosh.

Symantec Visual Café has won virtually every award available for Java development tools, including the PC Magazine Award for Technical Excellence, PC Computing MVP Award, JavaWorld Editor's Choice Award, Java Developer's Journal World Class Award, ZD Internet Net Best, Software Development Jolt Award, Byte Best of Comdex, PC Magazine Editor's Choice, c|net Best of the Net Award, Web Techniques Best Java Tool of the Year Award, among others.

Pricing and Availability
Symantec's Visual Café for Java 2.1 Database Development Edition is available now for Windows 95/NT and is expected to sell for an Estimated Retail Price (ERP) of $499.95. All Visual Café for Java 2.0 customers may take advantage of these new features by using the LiveUpdate feature to download a free upgrade from the Symantec web site through December 31, 1997. For more information, customers should call 1-800-453-1059, or visit

About Java
Java is a programming language developed by Sun Microsystems for developing cross-platform applications across the public Internet and corporate intranets. Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s Java, is the de facto standard platform for network computing.

About Symantec's Internet Tools Division
The Symantec Internet Tools Division pioneered the Java development tools market by delivering the first development product for Java in March 1996. Since then, the division has continued to develop, market and support a complete line of Java development tools worldwide, bringing the latest advances in Java technology to Internet developers.

About Symantec
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

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