Symantec Pioneers Enterprise Rapid Application Development
-- New Visual Café for Java, Enterprise Suite marks major foray into
enterprise application development; developing distributed programs is now as easy as developing for
one machine --
Cupertino, Calif --July 28, 1998-- Building on its history as an innovator in Java
development solutions, Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced Visual Café for Java,
Enterprise Suite, the first of a new generation of software tools for enterprise rapid application
development (ERAD) using Java. ERAD technology makes developing distributed applications -
so-called because they run on multiple, often geographically dispersed computers - as easy as
developing software for one machine.
In addition to being the first ERAD tool, Visual Café for Java, Enterprise Suite also represents a
major foray into the market for tools for building Java applications that run in large networks, or
"enterprises" as they are sometimes known - a market in which Symantec has made significant
progress. Recent reports show that about 40 percent of all of the company's software sales are for
building or maintaining software for enterprises.
"Considering the global nature of markets today, distributed software applications are a requirement
for doing business," said Gordon Eubanks, president and chief executive officer of Symantec Corp.
"In fact, most people are exposed to the most common distributed application everyday - a program
that authorizes a retailer to charge a credit card. Visual Café for Java, Enterprise Suite makes it
practical for the first time to build these applications in Java."
ERAD - the next generation of Java development tools Enterprise Rapid Application Development (ERAD)
builds on a history of innovations from Symantec in Java software tools. Symantec introduced the
first and still most popular Java development tool, Visual Café, in late 1995. Visual Café for
Java, Enterprise Suite builds on the features first introduced by Visual Café to provide the
technology breakthrough that characterizes ERAD: a single image that makes the normally complex
distributed development process look and feel like developing on one machine.
Using earlier-generation tools, developers individually track and build each piece of their
distributed applications by physically going from computer to computer, making the process difficult
under even the best conditions and creating a nightmare when debugging is required. Working on
multiple computers to diagnose and fix a bug can easily take days. Visual Café for Java, Enterprise
Suite solves this problem by tracking each piece of a distributed application as it is built
automatically, and doing that tracking from one location so that the developer sees the application
as a whole instead of fragmented parts. This feature provides important benefits, including
reducing the time for debugging applications from days to hours or even minutes.
"The Visual Café for Java, Enterprise Suite approach to making distributed application development
look the same as developing for a single machine enables businesses to rapidly develop critical
applications in Java," said Evan Quinn, director of Java Research at International Data Corporation.
Continued Quinn, "Businesses no longer need to sacrifice ease-of-development when building complex
applications such as payment systems and inventory control software."
As the first true ERAD tool, Visual Café for Java, Enterprise Suite also provides other key features
for distributed development in addition to a single system image and distributed debugging:
100 percent Java
Visual Café for Java, Enterprise Suite lets developers write their applications,
even database applications, entirely in Java. Today developers write Java database applications in
both Java and a database-specific language called Structured Query Language (SQL).
Deployment platform independence
Visual Café for Java, Enterprise Suite provides deployment platform
independence, so that developers can write Java applications that can be deployed on virtually any
application server platform. This platform independence allows debugging across multiple platforms
and virtual machines, including Sun's Solaris, Hewlett-Packard's HP/UX, IBM's AIX, and Windows NT.
It also allows full interoperability between different applications, without regard for the language
their logic or objects are written in, whether Java, C++, Cobol, or other development languages.
To achieve platform independence, Visual Café for Java, Enterprise Suite is the only application
development environment based on an open platform that supports a wide variety of middle-tier
application servers and Object Request Brokers (ORBs) for deploying distributed applications.
Unlike Microsoft's Visual J++, which is primarily for developing applications for the Windows
platform, Visual Café for Java, Enterprise Suite lets developers leverage their existing investments
in tools and target the server platform -- hardware, operating system, and enterprise application --
of their choice.
This is an important development according to Tim Jones, Senior Web Architect for NationsBanc
Montgomery Securities LLC. Says Jones, "In our enterprise environment, the ability to access the
middle tiers is critical for integrating different technologies. We expect that Visual Café for
Java, Enterprise Suite will be able to play this central role."
Advanced visual development features
The easy-to-use, intuitive, drag-and-drop environment of Visual
Café for Java, Enterprise Suite simplifies the development of complex Java applications, and helps
developers work fast and productively. Key tools include wizards, class browsers, and a
sophisticated interaction editor that lets developers create applications quickly and easily using
JavaBeans components. JavaBeans are small software programs that can be combined and distributed
over many computers on a network, making them a requirement for distributed applications
"In bringing true Enterprise Rapid Application Development to life for Java developers, Symantec is
helping to fulfill our development needs as a customer," said Scott Mangol, manager, EDI Systems at
Highmark Inc. "Based on our early evaluations of it, Visual Café for Java, Enterprise Suite has the
environment best-suited for creating server -based distributed systems in Java."
Leveraging distributed object technologies
Visual Café for Java, Enterprise Suite provides a rich environment for
quickly and easily building, deploying and managing distributed
systems based on the leading software architectures for distributed
computing: the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA)
standard developed by the Object Management Group industry consortium,
and the Remote Method Invocation (RMI) technology from Sun
Microsystems. Symantec will support best-of-breed CORBA and RMI
tools, including Iona's OrbixWeb Java object request broker and Sun's
JavaIDL. In addition Symantec will support Inprise's VisiBroker for
Java, as well as other technologies as they become available.
Through its open interfaces, Visual Café for Java, Enterprise Suite will also support the transition
to the latest Java technology provided in Sun's Java Developers Kit (JDK), including support for
Enterprise JavaBeans as it becomes available.
"Java technology provides the foundation for enabling Enterprise Rapid Application Development to be
possible, said Jonathan Schwartz, director of Java enterprise products at Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s
Java Software. "Symantec's Visual Café for Java, Enterprise Suite allows developers to write their
applications, including distributed applications, entirely in Java software. We applaud Symantec's
efforts to provide their users with a path to Enterprise JavaBeans technology through Visual Café's
A live webcast and a full list of the Visual Café for Java, Enterprise Suite features can be found
Pricing and Availability
Pricing for Visual Café for Java, Enterprise Suite will be announced when
it ships in the fourth quarter of 1998.
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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. Symantec's suite of Java development tools include Visual Café for Java, Enterprise Suite,
Visual Café for Java 2.5 Database Development Edition, Visual Café for Java 2.5 Professional Development Edition
Visual Page, Visual Café for Java 2.0 Web Development Edition and Visual Page.
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