Symantec Announces Full Support for the Next Release of the Java Development Kit
Next Release of JDK Software Provides the Foundation for the Development and Deployment of Mission-Critical Applications
CUPERTINO, Calif --December 8, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced
full support for the next release of Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s Java Development Kit (JDK version 1.2)
in its line of Visual Café Java development tools. The next release of the JDK provides a rich
feature set of new class libraries and tools, making it easier than ever for developers to create
portable, distributed, enterprise-class applications. Sun's announcement of the availability of the
next version of the JDK was made today during the Java(SM) Business Expo in New York.
"The next version of the JDK marks an important step forward for the Java software community by
providing the foundation for a platform-independent architecture for development and deployment of
enterprise solutions," said Mansour Safai, vice president and general manager of Symantec's Internet
Tools division. "We look forward to the flexibility and productivity benefits that JDK version 1.2
will provide to customers using our currently available Visual Café 3.0 development tools, as well
as our forthcoming Visual Café Enterprise Suite product, which makes developing distributed
applications with Java technology look and feel like writing an application for one machine."
"Symantec recognizes the business value that the Java platform, particularly the next release of the
JDK, holds for the enterprise," said Jon Kannegaard, vice president and general manager of the Java
platform at Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s Java Software. "We are pleased that Symantec is providing
enterprise software developers with development tools that support the latest JDK and Java platform
Symantec's Visual Café environment has been the #1-selling Java development tool for three years in
a row, and today more developers use Symantec's award-winning products than any other Java
development tool. An important reason for this success is that Symantec has consistently met users'
requirements for flexibility in the use of Sun's Java Development Kit. Visual Café lets developers
plug in any JDK version from 1.1.x to version 1.2, which enables them to take advantage of the
latest Java technology available from Sun.
The Visual Café family of products is the fastest Java development tool for building corporate
database-enabled solutions. The latest version, 3.0, features a comprehensive suite of wizards,
utilities, templates and a professional library of 200+ JavaBeans, all of which work together to
accelerate the development, debugging and deployment of Java applications and servlets. Visual Café
also includes the industry's best JFC/Swing support, fully embracing the new JFC/Swing classes
throughout its environment including unique direct support for the Swing data model.
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
includes Visual Café Enterprise Suite, Visual Café Database Edition, Visual Café Professional
Edition, Visual Café Standard Edition, and Visual Page.
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