Symantec (TM) Announces Symantec Visual Café (TM) Version 3.0
- Symantec Visual Café 3.0 Puts the Swing in JFC -
Cupertino, Calif --October 26, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC)
today announced a major new release: Symantec Symantec Visual Cafe
version 3.0. The new versions of Symantec Symantec Visual Cafe,
which for three years in a row has been the #1-selling Javar
application development tool, are Symantec Visual Café Database
Edition, Symantec Visual Café Professional Edition and Symantec Visual
Café Standard Edition. More developers use these award-winning
products than any other Java development product, and this new release
contains everything they've asked for and more.
Works the Way Developers Do
Symantec Visual Café 3.0 builds on the flexibility already available
in previous versions. The visual tools in Symantec's Visual Café's
provide incremental, 2-way coding; developers decide the mix of visual
programming and hand coding they desire. In addition to flexible user
interface and development options, Symantec has added support for
developers to plug in any version from 1.1 through 1.2 of the Java
Development Kit (JDK). This lets developers work with older JDK
versions or update existing applications to newer JDK versions, taking
advantage of the latest functionality available from Sun Microsystems.
Leverages Your Investment in Existing Development Tools
Symantec Visual Café 3.0 is designed to be an open environment so
developers can easily integrate it with their existing development
tools. Symantec Visual Café 3.0 features a new set of Java Open APIs
with enhanced functionality to cover the entire development lifecycle.
The Open APIs provide specific interfaces to make it easy to integrate
Symantec Visual Café with all kinds of development tools including
CASE, testing, source code management and version control tools.
Supports the Latest Java Technologies
The Symantec Visual Café family of products uses the latest version of
the JDK (version 1.1.7) while offering the flexibility to work with
any version of the JDK, including the upcoming 1.2.
No other tool provides support for JFC/Swing that comes close. Symantec
Visual Café 3.0 provides superior support because it fully supports and
embraces the new JFC/Swing classes throughout its environment, including
unique direct support for the Swing data model.
Symantec Visual Café 3.0 does away with the proprietary wrappers
required by most other Java development tools. Full support for
JTabbedPane is also offered.
Custom property editors for Swing properties are provided, as is a GUI
Swing menu bar editor. Symantec Visual Café's support for JFC/Swing
also includes ready-to-use model, border and icons beans, and WYSIWYG
support for JFC in the form designer. Models represented on the form
are easily manipulated. For example: to connect a JTable to a
database, simply connect it in the form editor to the database via the
JFC binding model; or to put values in a combo box, use the JFC string
"_Of the four IDEs that we examined for this Special Report, Visual Cafe
really was the only one that enabled us to create a working Swing applet
that did what we wanted it to do without having to add any handwritten
code_" The Swing Connection
The new Symantec Visual Café version 3.0 also offers dramatic,
productivity-enhancing improvements to its visual interaction creation
and editing with richer functionality, including a way to diagram
interactions or connections among objects, and easy interaction
editing capabilities for modifying existing interactions.
Interactions are represented diagrammatically on the form editor.
Developers can view existing interactions and simply select them to
edit, change properties or add methods. Experienced developers can
exploit these features to reduce or eliminate tedious coding tasks.
Novice developers can build more sophisticated applications with very
little hand coding.
Java developers are now able to develop server side applets and extend
the functionality of their web servers with Symantec Visual Café 3.0's
superior support for servlet development. The new Servlet Wizard
makes servlet development and deployment simple. Symantec Visual Café
goes even further by providing a unique incremental servlet debugging
capability. Symantec Visual Café 3.0 makes it possible to debug
server side Java servlets on remote web servers. Developing servlets
has never been this quick or this easy.
"This is the third generation of our Java development tools, and are
very mature products," said Mansour Safi, Vice President of Symantec's
Internet Tools Division. "We have the largest installed base of Java
developers that provide us with a unique understanding of exactly what
they require in their tools. We provide superior JFC/Swing support,
servlet support, and database connectivity, in addition to innovations
like our interaction editing. Visual Café 3.0 is an easy to use, open
environment and is easily tailored to the preferences of each
developer. There is no other tool that provides the same combination
of quality, flexibility, performance, innovative features, and support
for the latest Java technologies," Safai said.
Symantec Visual Café 2.5 set the bar for innovation in development
tools for Java with innovative features like native code generation,
incremental debugging, server-side debugging, browser debugging,
SDI/MDI interface, selectable RAD or 3GL development. Symantec Visual
Café 3.0 goes further to improve developer productivity and help
novice Java developers get productive, faster. Symantec Visual Café
3.0 introduces features like Code Helper, one-step deployment, rapid
JavaBean development, localization utility, and JavaDoc support, as
well as improvements in the debugger, database wizards, dbNavigator,
database connectivity: JDBC, ODBC, and native, user interface, and
"The functions and short-cuts in Visual Café are intuitively obvious,
making the iterative design-code-test process quick and productive.
We're looking forward to working with the even more powerful and
flexible Visual Café 3.0," said Nora M. Denzel, Senior Vice President
of Legato Systems, Inc. Legato's platform-independent Legato
NetWorker BusinesSuite is the de facto storage management solution for
24 of the world's largest system and application OEMs, including
Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems. "We were able
to do single-handed in eight months what otherwise would have taken a
seven-person development team upwards of two years," concluded Denzel.
And in the new Symantec Visual Café, the industry's fastest JIT gets
even faster, as the new JIT 3.1 dramatically increases start-up time.
Symantec Visual Café's JIT is licensed and used by Apple, Novell,
Netscape, and Sun Microsystems, among others. Symantec Visual Café
3.0 also provides a native x86 code generator for applications that
require maximum performance.
About Symantec Visual Café Database Edition
The fastest Java development solution for corporate databases,
Symantec Visual Café Database Edition builds on all the power of the
professional edition (described below), and adds functionality that
makes it easy to build database-centric applications. This version:
- complies to the standard JFC/Swing data model - any JFC/Swing component is readily data aware, so there is no need for special "dbaware" components.
- features new wizards including support for SQL and stored procedures, encapsulated into JavaBeans - making it easy to reuse elements of existing applications.
- offers Query By Example (QBE) - lets end users of an application >construct sophisticated queries without knowing SQL.
- gives calculation and validation rules - which provide an easy way to develop smarter applications.
- supports the use of any standard JDBC driver during development - extending Symantec Visual Café's open architecture philosophy.
- uses improved database wizards to support JFC/Swing components - enhancing ease of use.
- incorporates new database toolbars and a status bar - providing a professional look and feel for your applications.
- offers customizers throughout the environment - providing easy manipulation of new JavaBean components.
- automatic development of master-detail relationships
About Symantec Visual Café Professional Edition
The Professional Edition offers more features and higher quality than
any previous version of Symantec Visual Café. Professional developers
become productive faster with even shorter learning curves due to new
features like JFC/Swing support and interactive editing. Novice
developers find these features easy to use and are able to
successfully build and maintain more complex applications, sooner.
In this edition:
Interaction Wizard provides easy development and editing of
interactions with visual representations between components.
Functionality has been expanded to include support for method calls,
property settings and action requests between objects.
new Wizards and utilities such as the Java Servlet Wizard,
Localization Wizard, One-step deployment, AutoJar utility and Rapid
Bean Development increase development productivity.
the new version control bridge provides seamless integration and
compatibility with all popular version control systems, for supporting
large development teams.
About Symantec Visual Café Standard Edition
Symantec Visual Café's intuitive environment is ideal for new users of
Java. The highly productive interface lets users drag and drop Java
components to easily build applications, while the two-way programming
helps them visually learn Java coding as it is automatically
generated. Standard Edition features:
- Code Helper, which provides hints as developers code.
- 100+ Java components with source provide a head start in development.
- help for new users to create Java Beans.
- a dramatically improved Interaction Editor, allowing the development of visual interactions between components, as well as providing full interaction editing control. Does more with less hand coding.
- a new one-step deployment feature for easier application deployment, with support for JAR, ZIP and CAB format.
- extensive online help and hard-copy documentation with examples, that are readily available.
Pricing and Availability
Symantec's Visual Café 3.0 will be available in Q498. Symantec Visual
Cafe Database Edition for Windowsr 95, Windows 98 and Windows NTr will
have an estimated retail price of $799.95. Symantec Visual Cafe
Professional Edition for Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT will
have an estimated retail price of $299.95. Symantec Visual Cafe
Standard Edition for Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT will have
an estimated retail price of $99.95.
Symantec Visual Café 3.0 is also available in fully localized versions
for Japanese, German, and French.
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, including
Symantec Visual Page, Symantec Visual Café Standard Edition, Symantec
Visual Café Professional Edition, and Symantec Visual Café Database
Symantec Visual Café annually wins virtually every award and honor
available for Java development tools, given by experts affiliated with
top publications and organizations throughout the industry. In total,
Symantec Visual Café has won more awards than any other Java
development tool on the market.
Symantec is the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing.
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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
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