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Symantec™ Visual Café™ for Java™ IDE Performs Live Integration with Rational Rose™ via Ensemble's Rose Visual Café Link

Visual Café for Java Developers Reap Benefits of Object Modelling with Automated Two-Way Integration

1998 JavaOne Developer Conference (SM), San Francisco --March 24, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC), Ensemble Systems and Rational Software Corporation today announced a new way of integrating modelling tools with Java development environments. Developers using Rational Rose 98 and Visual Café for Java can now take advantage of automatic updates between the two environments through Ensemble Systems' Rose Visual Café Link (RVCL), made possible by Symantec's publication of its Visual Café for Java Open APIs.

"Ensemble Systems and Rational Software have gone beyond 'checkbox'-level integration and are illustrating in a dramatic way the value of our Visual Café for Java Open APIs," noted Mansour Safai, vice president of Symantec's Internet Tools Division. "Visual Café for Java developers tell us they value the ability to incorporate industry standards like the Unified Modeling Language (UML) as they build Java applications for increasingly high-level corporate needs. This Visual Café-to-Rose integration is one of many Open API success stories since the introduction of the Open API program, successes that have a real impact on the day-to-day work of corporate Java developers."

"Through integrations like the Rose Visual Café Link, the Java development community is reaping the rewards of Rational's open approach to visual modeling technology," said Rob Dickerson, senior vice president of Rational Software Corporation. "We're firmly committed to offering corporate Java developers full-scale technologies that meet enterprise-level demands and can handle evolutionary challenges, as well."

"An integration between Rational Rose 98 and the rich Java environment of Visual Café allows developers to truly gain from the benefits of object-oriented design and Java code development," said Ron Williams, president of Ensemble Systems. "With a two-way integration with Rose 98, Visual Café developers will be better able to take advantage of object-oriented techniques and build robust systems that more easily support evolutionary change. We're proud to bring these advantages to Visual Café for Java developers through our Rose Visual Café Link."

Rose Visual Café Link offers Visual Café for Java developers a seamless integration between Rational Rose and Visual Café, providing a swift, straightforward method of designing object-oriented software using Rational Rose 98, then generating a markerless code framework for the system using RVCL. Using the already-coded framework, implementation can then rapidly be accomplished within the Visual Café for Java environment.

RVCL creates an easy-to-use wizard that builds a side-by-side representation of the Visual Café project and the Rose model. Changes made to either the code or the model automatically update the wizard's representation to highlight any differences between the two. Developers can then readily synchronize to the model or to the code.

RVCL's round-trip engineering capabilities also allow developers to reverse-engineer existing code in order to produce up-to-date models of their systems in Rose. RVCL maintains 100% of the body contents, with no requirement for specialized preserve commenting within the code. RVCL currently supports Rational Rose 98 or 4.x and Visual Café for Java version 2.5.

Attendees of the Java One conference are invited to see a live demonstration of the RVCL integration at the Symantec booth on Tuesday, March 24th, from 5:15 PM - 9:00 PM.

Developers are invited to download time-limited trial versions of Rose Visual Café Link from Ensemble's Web site at http://www.ensemsys.com, beginning at the end of March 1998.

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.

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