IBM releases tools for the Eclipse platform

April 26 -- IBM has introduced new WebSphere Studio application development products for Linux and Website development, and new tools for building wireless, portal, and voice applications. Based on the open source Eclipse platform, the new offerings include: WebSphere Studio Application Developer for Linux and Windows; WebSphere Studio Site Developer; WebSphere Everyplace Toolkit, WebSphere Portal Toolkit; and an updated WebSphere Voice Toolkit.

Sun enhances Java Card

April 26 -- Java Card 2.2, Sun's standard for developing smart card applications, features new technologies that ease Java Card application programming. The release also improves smart card application interoperability and support for wireless standards.

Vulcan Machines launches Moon2

April 26 -- Vulcan Machines has enhanced its processor for Java-based technologies. A replacement for the JVM, Moon2 executes Java byte codes in parallel with the host processor.

Ozibug exposes bugs

April 26 -- Ozibug 1.1 is a Web-based bug tracking system from Tortuga Technologies. Written in Java, the tool utilizes servlet technology and offers features such as role-based access, audit trails, email notifications, full internationalization, and a customizable appearance.

SOAPtest checks Web services

April 26 -- Parasoft has introduced an automated Web services testing tool. SOAPtest lets developers create a virtual workbench to test the link between an enterprise system's modules. It performs functionality testing, load testing, and regression testing.

O'Reilly releases Web Performance Tuning, Second Edition

April 26 -- Author Patrick Killelea has updated Web Performance Tuning to include new chapters on Website architecture, security, and reliability, and their impact on performance. Published by O'Reilly, this second edition also discusses Java scalability on microprocessor servers.

PointBase pinpoints mobile market

April 26 -- PointBase has launched PointSolutions for Mobility, an initiative for extending applications to mobile devices and wireless networks. PointSolutions for Mobility are packaged combinations of PointBase relational database and synchronization technologies, complementary technologies, and consultative services. With PointSolutions, PointBase will help companies address hardware, enterprise application interfaces, application aggregation and integration requirements, and Java-based application development.

Quickstream and Savvion integrate products

April 26 -- Quickstream and Savvion partner by integrating the Quickstream e-content management platform with Savvion's BusinessManager. BusinessManager is a Java-based software platform that lets companies transform business processes into distributed Web applications. The Quickstream platform sorts, displays, exchanges, and controls electronic business files over the Web. This new partnership will allow companies to deploy an enterprise application that integrates all aspects of document management into business processes.

ZeoSphere added to Forte for Java

April 26 -- Zeosoft has integrated its ZeoSphere Enterprise Developer with Sun's Forte for Java. Developers can now use Zeosoft's mobile application development tools directly within the IDE.

New Technology/enterprise updates JeeWiz!

April 26 -- JeeWiz! 1.1, New Technology/enterprise's tool for developing, deploying and testing Web services and J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) applications, now supports WebSphere Application Server 4, Struts, J2EE 1.2, and EJB (Enterprise JavaBeans) 1.1. New Technology/enterprise has also added additional J2EE patterns, message-driven beans, and data-driven validation to the tool.

CodeWarrior adds support for intent

April 26 -- Metrowerks has released tools for enabling application and content development for intent, Tao Group's consumer device platform. CodeWarrior Development Tools for intent support the intent Java Edition, which runs multimedia Java content on small footprints.

NetManage increases Rumba's Java compatibility

April 26 -- NetManage has updated Rumba Web-to-Host, its host access software. Version 4.2 includes increased Java compatibility and enhanced client-side development APIs.

PolarLake joins Forte for Java's vendor partner program

April 19 -- Through a partner relationship with Sun's Forte for Java, PolarLake will build extensions to the IDE. Forte for Java will aid PolarLake developers in creating Java components for assembling into new solutions.

Speech recognition software vendors establish partnership

April 19 -- Voxpilot has partnered with Voice Components to advance speech recognition software application development. Voxpilot customers can now build speech applications with Voice Essentials 1, Voice Components' VoiceXML 1.0 speech application development toolkit. Voice Essentials 1 includes 18 JavaBean components for adding speech recognition capabilities to applications.

O'Reilly launches enterprise series

April 19 -- O'Reilly will publish a three-volume series entitled Building Java Enterprise Applications. In Volume 1: Architecture, author Brett McLaughlin covers the backend of application programming, explaining subjects such as databases, entity beans, session beans, the Java Message Service, and the Java Naming and Directory Interface (JNDI). The book takes the reader into design and planning, through the database and directory server, and into code writing.

Dirig app managers support Sun ONE services

April 19 -- Dirig Software has released two specific application managers (SAMs) developed for Sun Microsystems' iPlanet Web Server, Enterprise Edition and iPlanet Directory Server. The SAMs provide performance management for the Sun ONE-based Web services infrastructures. updates report generator

April 19 -- The latest release of the Big Faceless Report Generator, version 1.0.10, includes text-transform, GIF-style transparency, URL values, letter spacing, and a text-indent feature. The report generator is a Java component that creates PDF reports from XML using JavaServer Pages, Active Server Pages, or Extensible Stylesheet Language.

Oracle9iAS to support SpatialFX

April 19 -- ObjectFX will integrate its SpatialFX EJB (Enterprise JavaBeans) components with Oracle9i Application Server. The SpatialFX Platform implements and simultaneously deploys spatial services on any client.

Manning teaches instant messaging protocol

April 12 -- Iain Shigeoka shows developers how to incorporate instant messaging (IM) into their Java applications in Instant Messaging in Java: The Jabber Protocols. Published by Manning, the book walks readers through the process of building their own Jabber IM clients and servers in Java.

Actional releases Web services gateway

April 12 -- SOAPswitch, a Web services product from Actional, provides a gateway that allows a company to publish, secure, and manage Web services. Supporting Java applications, the tool transforms existing software assets into Web services.

Insignia introduces Java-based solution for devices

April 12 -- Insignia Solutions has launched a set of products for next-generation Java-enabled mobile devices. The Insignia Secure System Provisioning allows carriers to continuously introduce unique services and applications into handsets. And the Insignia Mobile Foundation software features the Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) and Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP), two Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) technologies.

Excelsior updates JET

April 12 -- Excelsior has added Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.4 support to JET 2.5. Excelsior's JVM transforms Java applications into conventional native code Windows executables, while preserving full compatibility with the Java specification through the Mixed Compilation Model.

O'Reilly publishes Jython Essentials

April 12 -- In O'Reilly's Jython Essentials, authors Noel Rappin and Samuele Pedroni discuss how the Jython language interacts with Java. They show how to use Jython with Java libraries, including the Swing GUI (graphical user interface) toolkit, JDBC (Java Database Connectivity), the Servlet API, and XML tools.

JTransit deploys ColdFusion apps to J2EE

April 12 -- JTransit has issued an early release of JTransit 2, a software for enabling integrated deployment of ColdFusion applications with JSP (JavaServer Pages), EJB (Enterprise JavaBeans), Java Servlets, other J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) technologies, and Witango/Tango 2000-based Web applications.

ObjectVenture launches pattern language

April 12 -- ObjectVenture is forming an expert group to advance its newly introduced PCML (Pattern and Component Markup Language), a standards-based initiative for pattern-based development. By leveraging XML, PCML lets developers describe, package, exchange, apply, discover, and extend their own patterns and those created by others.

New file format to decrease embedded Java development costs

April 5 -- The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has approved the JEFF standard, a file format that provides a ready-to-execute format for object-oriented programs. Defined by a J Consortium-sponsored working group, the format is expected to reduce the costs of using embedded Java technologies.

O'Reilly publishes Web services guide

April 5 -- David A. Chappell and Tyler Jewell present an overview of Web services in O'Reilly's Java Web Services. The book offers examples on how developers can use Java-based APIs in business-to-business communication environments. Chappell and Jewell cover SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol), WSDL (Web Services Description Language), UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration), and interoperability with .Net.

Precise updates performance solution

April 5 -- Precise Software Solutions has launched Precise/Indepth 2.0 for IBM WebSphere, the J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) application component of Precise i3, Precise's solution for application performance management. Version 2 brings Precise's SmarTune technology to WebSphere; SmarTune identifies and recommends solutions for application performance problems.

Day Software adds Oracle 9i support to Communique Unify

April 5 -- Day Software's business unification application, Communique Unify, now supports Oracle9i Application Server. Customers can now use the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE)-compliant Communique Unify with Oracle9iAS to deliver enterprise content to Websites, develop and deploy content-oriented Web services, and display content management capabilities.

4thpass extends support to wireless enterprise market

April 5 -- 4thpass has introduced its Mobile Application System (MAS) Enterprise Edition, which allows enterprise wireless carriers to deliver mobile Java applications over the air to consumers. The technology lets enterprise IT departments manage and control the applications on employees' Java handsets.

MKS integrates Integrity Manager with Implementer

April 5 -- MKS has released Implementer 5.3, its software configuration management and deployment solution. Version 5.3 is integrated with MKS Integrity Manager, a Java-based tool for process and workflow management.

Manning releases Java 3D Programming

April 5 -- Java 3D Programming by Daniel Selman introduces basic 3D graphics concepts and terminology and illustrates the techniques, features, workarounds, and bug fixes for practical Java 3D work. The book offers tips and advice on minimizing development time and managing assets, and includes more than 35 programming examples.

JQA improves Java code quality

April 5 -- ISM has partnered with to release JQA, a quality assurance solution for Java. The new tool, available for IBM's VisualAge for Java and Apple's Mac OS X, helps software development organizations improve the quality of their Java code.

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