Sun announces new J2ME APIs and J2EE improvements

September 27 — At JavaOne Japan, Sun Microsystems introduced three new J2ME (Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition) APIs: Mobile Information Device Profile 2.0, which delivers enhanced graphics and security; Mobile Media API, which provides new audio and video capabilities; and Wireless Messaging API, which improves instant messaging capabilities. Sun also previewed J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) 1.4, which includes Web services support integrated with servlets and EJBs (Enterprise JavaBeans), a new connector architecture, standard J2EE management, and deployment functionalities.,1072,47850,00.html

Ilog launches JConfigurator 2.0

September 27 — The newest version of Ilog's business rule management system combines optimization technology, enabling customer preference-driven configuration, with business rule management features, thereby giving business users control of the product and service configuration process. In addition to integrating with Java and Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE), JConfigurator 2.0 now supports Web services via Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP).

Sybase enhances PowerDesigner

September 27 — Sybase has released PowerDesigner 9.5, the latest release of its modeling and design tool that supports multiple modeling techniques within one environment. The tool supports nine UML (Unified Modeling Language) diagrams and is Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE)-compatible. Version 9.5 features new business process modeling capabilities and enhanced UML-based object modeling.

Air2Web increases its Java capabilities

September 27 — Air2Web Mobile Internet Platform 5.0 incorporates new features for global message delivery and mobile app development with Java and XHTML. The platform now supports the development of client-side applications for Palm, RIM (Research In Motion), and J2ME (Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition).

Hit adds new features to JDBC middleware product

September 27 — Hit Software has announced that the new release of its JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) SQL middleware product supports distributed transactions and static SQL for DB2 databases running on z/OS, OS/390, and OS/400 platforms. Hit JDBC SQL middleware complies with the industry standard for Java applications.

TogetherSoft announces Mac and WebSphere support

September 27 — TogetherSoft's development environment, Together ControlCenter, will now feature support for Mac OS X. Also, later this fall, TogetherSoft will introduce Together WebSphere Studio Edition, which will integrate analysis, design, implementation, testing and deployment of enterprise applications into one platform. The tool will enable WebSphere Studio users to collaborate across modeling and code development disciplines.

Innoopract releases W4 Toolkit 1.1

September 27 — The WWW Windowing Toolkit (W4 Toolkit) from Innoopract provides an object-oriented Java framework with graphical objects and layout managers. Release 1.1 is a refactoring release with performance and stability improvements, plus new high-level components, input validation, and built-in HTML compression.

Tangosol updates clustered data management and caching product

September 27 — Tangosol has added support for data redundancy to Coherence 1.2.1, the latest version of its Java-based clustered data management and caching product. Coherence adds clustering to any J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) server and delivers instant access to data in WebLogic, WebSphere, or other J2EE server cluster.

PolarLake integrates Sun ONE into enterprise platform

September 27 — PolarLake has updated its enterprise XML and Web services platform for Java. PolarLake 2.0 features improved support for XML Schema and enterprise messaging middleware standards, plus enhanced management capabilities. Version 2.0 also includes integration with Sun ONE (Open Network Environment) Studio.

Birdstep announces new databases

September 20 — Birdstep Technology has introduced its first true native XML database, RDM (Raima Database Manager) XML, which supports both Java and C++. The company also updated its embeddable database, RDM Mobile, to version 2.0. It also includes native C++ and Java interfaces.

Poseidon for UML 1.4 now available

September 20 — Gentleware has released version 1.4 of its UML CASE (Computer-Aided Software Engineering) tool. Based on ArgoUML, Gentleware's Poseidon for UML comes in standard, professional, and community editions.

Davisor Chart enables interactive charts and reports

September 20 — Davisor has released a new version of its Web charting and reporting J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) component suite. Davisor Chart 3.2 provides a component set that lets Java developers create and publish dynamic and interactive charts and reports. It features a JSP (JavaServer Pages) custom tag library, plus support for XML importing and exporting and WML (Wireless Markup Language).

Amber Archer enhances class library with SOAP

September 20 — Amber Archer has launched San Jacinto 1.9.5 with SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) 1.1 and SOAP with Attachments support. The Java class library is compliant with JAXM (Java API for XML Messaging) 1.1 and SAAJ (SOAP with Attachments API for Java) 1.1 and fits into a 120K footprint. It also includes caching and pooling, rule and macro parsing, XML-to-Java binding, and remote J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) server administration for JBoss and WebLogic.

Dirig adds Sun ONE support to Fenway solution

September 20 — Dirig Software's Fenway provides real-time monitoring and management for Web applications and individual J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition)-based component connections. Version 3.0 also includes new support for the Sun ONE (Open Network Environment) Application Server 7.

Prentice Hall publishes Web services guides

September 20 — In Web Services: A Technical Introduction, authors Harvey and Paul Deitel, B. Duwaldt, L. K. Trees, and Sean E. Santry explore Web service business models and standards. The book covers .Net and Java Web services, security, corporate adoption strategies, networks and brokerages, and vendors and platforms. Java Web Services for Experienced Programmers written by Harvey and Paul Deitel, Santry, J. P. Gadzik, and K. Lomeli, covers the main Web services standards and protocols, such as XML, SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol), WSDL (Web Services Description Language), and UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration).

Atlassian updates Jira

September 20 — Version 1.4 of Atlassian's J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition)-based, issue tracking and project management application is now available. Jira 1.4 includes a simple interface, file attachments, email notifications, and more.

Teamstudio for Java audits Java apps

September 13 — Teamstudio has introduced an audit tool for testing, debugging, and documenting Java applications. Teamstudio Analyzer for Java features rules for standards compliance, unused elements, and common coding issues, and includes built-in support for Eclipse, JBuilder, and Ant.

JProfiler points out performance bottlenecks

September 13 — ej-technologies has launched JProfiler, an all-in-one Java profiler for managing performance risks. With support for the major J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) application servers, JProfiler integrates CPU, memory, and thread profiling into one application.

Hitachi announces Quadrasis EASI Express

September 13 — Quadrasis EASI (Enterprise Application Security Integration) Express from Hitachi Computer Products provides prebuilt authentication, authorization, and attribute services for securing C++ and Java applications. The tool features plug-in security for Web services and single sign-on capabilities.

Oak Grove updates workflow engine

September 13 — Reactor 5.0.7, a J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition)-based workflow engine from Oak Grove Systems, is Web services enabled. The tool is compatible with the latest releases of most development platforms, application servers, and databases.

JRockit receives boost from Introscope

September 13 — Wily Technology has incorporated its Introscope enterprise Web application management solution with the BEA WebLogic JRockit JVM. The product integration enables automatic monitoring of WebLogic and all applications running on the server to ensure application performance and availability.

Coldbeans adds more tags to library

September 13 — Coldbeans Software has released a new version of its Coldtags taglib. This suite provides more than 105 custom JSP (JavaServer Page) tags for common programming tasks faced by JSP developers. The latest version includes custom tags resembling Web controls in the .Net framework.

Whizlabs releases test simulator

September 13 — J@Whiz, the test simulator for SCJP 1.4 (Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 Platform 1.4) exam is now available. It features 10 mock tests, an interactive quiz, and revision tips.

Nextel, Motorola, and Sun sponsor student developer contest

September 6 — The University Wireless Developer contest, launched by Nextel Communications, Motorola, and Sun Microsystems, challenges students to develop Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) applications that ease university life. Winners will receive more than 5,000 in scholarships or grants, wireless handsets, and prizes. The contest ends November 1, 2002.

SPECjAppServer2001 tests J2EE servers

September 6 — The Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC) has released SPECjAppServer2001, a benchmark for measuring the performance of Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application servers connected to a database server. The benchmark tests the Enterprise JavaBeans container in a J2EE 1.2 server.

Cape Clear introduces WSDL tool

September 6 — Cape Clear Software has released a free graphical WSDL (Web Services Description Language) editor for rapid WSDL development. The Cape Clear WSDL Editor includes a graphical environment for viewing and editing WSDL files, a Web services creation wizard, and automated wizards for creating and editing XML Schema, schema array, complex types, simple types, and enumerations.

Demicron enhances WireFusion

September 6 — Demicron has released WireFusion 3, the newest version of the company's drag-and-drop visual-programming tool. WireFusion creates interactive product presentations for the Web in small and platform-independent Java applets. Version 3 includes two add-ons: With WF-3D, users can integrate 3D models and animations into WireFusion. With WF-Video, users can stream MPEG movies into WireFusion presentations without a streaming server or browser plug-in.

Servertec updates database engine

September 6 — Servertec has released Servertec Persistent Object Store 1.1, a cross platform, object-oriented database engine written in Java. The newest version supports modified B-trees and more efficiently stores Dates, BigDecimals, and BigIntegers.

Cortex releases Clover 1.0

September 6 — Clover is Cortex's code coverage tool for Java. An Ant-based tool, Clover tells developers what code sections aren't executing. Version 1.0 features J2SE (Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition) 1.4 support, XML reporting, context filtering, and syntax-highlighted reports.

NetManage adds Java to OnWeb

September 6 — NetManage has announced Java support for OnWeb, its integration product. OnWeb is a multiplatform, server-based, host integration solution that allows companies to access and extend host information, applications, and business processes.

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