Cupertino, Calif. --February 9, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC), the leading provider of Java development environments, announced today that its Visual Café for Java Database Development Edition has been awarded InfoWorld's prestigious 1997 Product of the Year for Best Application Development Tool. Symantec has recently received numerous prominent industry awards for its Internet development tools products from leading publications and resources, including BYTE Magazine, InfoWorld, InternetWorld and Developer.com.
The InfoWorld Test Center annually chooses the finest enterprise technology and solutions for its Product of the Year awards. "During 1997, the Java development-tools market was highly competitive with strong offerings provided by Borland International, IBM, and Sybase. Symantec's Visual Cafe 2.0 stands out for its highly intuitive development environment, native-code compilation, and strong debugging capabilities. If you need to choose a Java tool strategy for your enterprise today, definitely add Visual Cafe to your shortlist — this is one highly productive tool." InfoWorld, February 2, 1998 (http://www.infoworld.com/cgi-bin/displayTC.pl?/97poy.win1.htm#visualcafe)
"To be voted the number one application development tool by the most rigorous testing lab in the industry is a true honor," said Mansour Safai, vice president of Symantec's Internet Tools division. "With version 2.5 of our Professional Development and Database Development Editions of Visual Café for Java, announced today, we continue to strive to deliver the best tools for today's Java developers. With these new versions we intend to widen our lead over the other tools on the market."
Visual Café for Java and Visual Page have recently received more top honors:
Symantec Visual Cafe for Java was honored with an Award of Distinction in BYTE Magazine's 1997 Editor's Choice Awards. "The Award of Distinction denotes products that have raised the bar with innovative technology or features or a remarkable price." BYTE claims, "An excellent visual integrated development environment (IDE) and native database support for Informix, Oracle, and Sybase databases makes Visual Café for Java one of our top choices for Java development." BYTE Magazine, December 1997
Symantec's Visual Café for Java received one of eight highly-coveted Analyst Choice Awards in InfoWorld's first annual "Best of the Test Center," a special report highlighting the hottest products and solutions reviewed by the InfoWorld Test Center during 1997. InfoWorld, January 19, 1998
Visual Café for Java was recognized in Internet World Magazine's "Best Of The Test" coverage. "Symantec's Visual Café for Java Database Development Edition 2.0 earned our nod as the top package for creating non-enterprise applications as well as JavaBeans and applets. It has the best balance of leading-edge tools for automatic or hands-on coding, at a very attractive price." InternetWorld, February 1998
Internet World Magazine also singled out Visual Page in their "Best Of The Test" coverage. "Symantec's Visual Page is the pick if you are including lots of Java on your site. The code that the product outputs will satisfy the most experienced coder, while the interface is simple enough that even a novice will feel comfortable. Visual Page is well suited for designers who want all the ease of use of WYSIWYG but need solid HTML support as well." InternetWorld, February 1998
Visual Café for Java 2.1 Database Development Edition was selected by the readers of Developer.com, an online service for Internet technology developers and users, as the number one Java integrated development environments (IDEs) in November's Developer.com Users' Choice survey. Visual Café for Java 2.1 Database Development Edition was also selected as one of the three winning JDBC Development Environments in December's Developer.com Users' Choice awards. (http://www.developer.com)
Visual Café for Java Product Line
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 Cafe for Java 2.0 Web Development Edition, Visual Cafe for Java 2.5 Professional Development Edition and Visual Cafe for Java 2.5 Database Development Edition (EDITOR'S NOTE: see today's separate releases, Symantec Announces Version 2.5 Of Visual Cafe For Java Professional Development Edition and Symantec Announces Version 2.5 Of Visual Cafe For Java Database Development Edition.)
Symantec Visual Cafe has won virtually every award available for Java development tools, including PC Magazine Award for Technical Excellence 1997, JavaWorld Editor's Choice Award 1997, PC Computing MVP Winner 1997, 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 2.0 Web Development Edition is available now for an Estimated Retail Price (ERP) of $99.00. Symantec's Visual Café for Java 2.5, Professional Development Edition and the Database Development Edition will be available in March for Windows 95/NT at an ERP of $299.00 and $799.95 (a $1,999.95 value) respectively. 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 Cafe are also available from Symantec for $99. 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.
Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe, Japan and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC, Symantec Corporation is based in Cupertino, California and employs more than 2,000 people. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, (541) 334-6054 or accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.symantec.com.
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