Symantec Announces Version 2.5 of Visual Café for Java Database Development Edition
New Version of Visual Café for Java Enables Connection of Java Applications to an Unlimited Number of Databases
Cupertino, Calif. --February 9, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC), the leading provider of Internet development tools, announced today the availability of Visual Café for Java 2.5 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. The new version extends the powerful features of Visual Café for Java 2.5 Professional Development Edition to include database connectivity for enterprise Java developers, providing everything needed to build the most complex Java applications and link them to multiple databases on a corporate intranet.
Visual Café for Java 2.5 Database Development Edition offers all of the features of Visual Café for Java 2.5 Professional Development Edition (also announced today), a local relational database and Symantec's powerful dbANYWHERE Server, a Type 3 JDBC middleware server with unlimited connectivity to all supported databases. Whereas Version 2.1 included dbANYWHERE middleware server with a 25 connection limit, Version 2.5 includes dbANYWHERE 1.1a full server, with unlimited database connectivity, offering companies a complete, powerful solution to develop Java applets and applications and connect them with enterprise databases. dbANYWHERE has native support for Oracle, Informix, Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server as well as ODBC sources.
"Enterprises are making the transition from using Java to prototype projects, to deploying business-critical Java applications, and this demands simple connectivity with complex enterprise databases," said Mansour Safai, vice president of Symantec's Internet Tools division. "We recognize the importance of this trend and are responding with Visual Café for Java 2.5 Database Development Edition, which sets new standards in value, productivity and extensibility."
"Symantec's willingness to listen and respond to the needs of developers is apparent in version 2.5 of Visual Café for Java," said Evan Quinn, Director of Java research at International Data Corporation. "In addition, 2.5 provides corporate Java adopters the features necessary to deploy Java beyond the workgroup."
Key Visual Café for Java Version 2.5 Features
Visual Café for Java 2.5 Database Development Edition includes all of the features announced today with Visual Café for Java 2.5 Professional Development Edition. In addition to providing compatibility with JDK (1.1.5), Visual Café for Java Version 2.5 offers developers flexible user interface options to customize their work environment, as well as, through new APIs, tight integration of Visual Café for Java with third party applications. Key features in this new release include:
Customizable User Interface. The Customizable User Interface is a set of enhancements to Visual Café's user interface that boost productivity by enabling developers to tailor their work environment to their personal preferences. These enhancements include Window Docking, Workbook Tabs, a new View Menu and new Window Clean-Up commands.
Window Docking: Visual Café for Java now fully implements both Multiple Document Interface (MDI) and Single Document Interface (SDI) environments. With MDI enabled, a workspace frame is created within Visual Café, with which users can dock up to 10 windows for fast access to any window. A toggle provides a way to switch between MDI and SDI.
Workbook Tabs: Used in conjunction with the MDI dockable window feature, Workbook Tabs enable developers to quickly bring any window to the front.
View Menu: The View menu replaces the Window menu as the location of the window shortcuts. In addition, the View menu allows the developers to turn on/off the Workbook tabs and the Status Bar, providing the means to instantly free up valuable frame space.
Window Clean-Up Commands: To provide fast clean up of cluttered workspaces, the standard Cascade, Tile Horizontally and Tile Vertically commands have been added to the Window menu.
Visual Café for Java Product Line
- RAD On/Off Switch: Visual Café was one of the first Java development environments to offer developers Form-centric rapid application development (RAD), whereby programming is achieved through manipulation of visual objects, with the application automatically generating corresponding Java code in a separate window. Form-centric RAD makes Java programming fast and easy, however, in some cases, Visual Café for Java users prefer File-centric development, with automatic code generation disabled. Version 2.5 includes a new Project Option to switch between Form-centric and File-centric development, giving developers the choice of either approach.
- Open APIs. In order to give developers the ability to completely integrate Visual Café for Java into any development environment or user application, Symantec has published key Application Programming Interface (API) specifications. By using the following APIs, software vendors can create applications and tools that are more tightly integrated with — or that even work within — Visual Café for Java:
- Menu Hooks API — provides a way of adding menu items to the Visual Café Menu bar, enabling third party vendors to tightly integrate their product with Visual Café for Java;
- Project Templates API — provides a way for third party vendors to add new project templates which can then interact directly with their own code to create application-specific Java projects. This enables third parties to spawn a number of project templates that can make development of Java applications and controls very simple. For example, a systems integrator specializing in a niche application area such as sales automation can now create project wizards that they can then reuse to build solutions for their customers;
- Project Windows Extension API — enables third party vendors to enhance the projects window, and to notify the owner or user of specific events. For example, software companies with version control software could add controls that would show the development team which software modules have been checked out for modification;
- CASE API — third parties can take advantage of this API to receive notification of project level events, as well as to query and set component property values. By seamlessly integrating with the project system, developers will be able to use popular CASE tools in conjunction with Visual Cafe, relieving them of the worry about synchronizing files and projects, and enabling them to focus on completing their project;
- Source Code Manipulation and Integration API — enables third party vendors to add their own classes and components for Visual Café users. This ensures that when the user accesses any of the classes provided by the third party vendor, any change made in the source code gets propagated across all the files, including the project files;
- Symantec BeanInfo Extensions — provide visual development environments with information missing from the BeanInfo Specification. This provides information for the placement and attributes of Beans within the development environment, and provides code generation between objects within the development environment;
- Data Binding — gives third party component developers a way to develop components with Data Binding capabilities, in turn giving their end users a very simple way to bind their components to databases.
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 2.5 Professional Development Edition and Visual Café for Java 2.5 Database Development Edition (EDITOR'S NOTE: see today's separate release, Symantec Releases Version 2.5 of Visual Café for Java Professional Development Edition.)
Symantec Visual Café has won virtually every award available for Java development tools, including InfoWorld Product of the Year Award, PC Magazine Award for Technical Excellence 1997, JavaWorld Editor's Choice, PC Computing MVP Winner, Java Developer's Journal World Class Award, the InfoWorld Best of the Test Center, InternetWorld Best of Test, Byte Editor's Choice Award, Developer.com User's Choice 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 2.5, Database Development Edition will be available in March for Windows 95/NT and with the added features and value is expected to sell for an Estimated Retail Price (ERP) of $799.95 (a $1,999.95 value.) Version 2.0 and 2.1 customers should use the LiveUpdate feature to download a free upgrade from the Symantec Web site. Upgrades from Symantec Visual Café are also available from Symantec. For more information, customers should call 1-800-453-1059, or visit http://cafe.symantec.com.
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 Group
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.
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 Cafe product lines in Internet development tools.
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