Sun updates Web services package

June 21 — Sun Microsystems has announced a new version of the Java Web Services Developer Pack (WSDP), a set of APIs and tools for developing Web services. The package includes tools for building SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) messages, support for WSDL (Web Services Description Language), plus support for accessing both UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration) and ebXML registries. Sun has also added the Apache Tomcat application server and the JSP (JavaServer Pages) Standard Tag Libraries.

Manning publishes exam kit

June 21 — Manning Publications has released the SCWCD Exam Study Kit: Java Web Component Developer Certification, which teaches the concepts needed to pass the Sun Certified Web Component Developer exam. Authors Hanumant Deshmukh and Jignesh Malavia cover exception handling, session management, security, custom tags, design patterns, and filters. The book also includes 120 review questions and a section for last minute crammers.

Neon casts ShadowConnect

June 21 — Neon Systems has introduced ShadowConnect a connector technology for linking Web application servers and integration servers to mainframe data sources and transactions. The product is based on the Shadow code base, Neon's technology for accessing data stored on J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) and .Net platforms.

ThinkFree and SavaJe partner

June 21 — ThinkFree will integrate its ThinkFree Office Viewer technology with the SavaJe OS 2.0 Smartphone Edition. The combination of these Java-based technologies provides advanced messaging capabilities, allowing mobile computing users to access and read email attachments in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint file formats.

Sun releases Sun ONE Studio

June 21 — The Sun ONE (Open Network Environment) Studio 4, formerly Forte for Java, is now available for download. The suite includes an enterprise edition, which supports components of the Java Web Services Developer Pack; a mobile edition for developing Java-enabled mobile devices; and a community edition.

ObjectVenture adds new features to pattern-oriented IDE

June 21 — ObjectVenture has announced a beta version of ObjectAssembler 2.0, a software development environment that supports the pattern-oriented design, development, assembly, and deployment of enterprise applications. This latest version features support for NetBeans, JBuilder, EJB (Enterprise JavaBeans) 2.0, Struts 1.1, JSP (Java ServerPages), servlet, and JavaBean components.

Parasoft upgrades WebKing

June 21 — The new version of WebKing, a testing tool from Parasoft, analyzes server log files and creates virtual users that mimic actual user paths and traffic patterns. WebKing also introduces features that automate SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) testing.

IBM unifies toolset around Eclipse

June 14 — By releasing new software tools that support IBM's middleware portfolio, the company has introduced an integrated set of tools for deploying, securing, and managing e-business data and applications. Built on the Eclipse open source platform, these tools support WebSphere, Lotus Domino, CrossWorlds, DB2, Tivoli, MQ, and IBM eServer iSeries.

MetraTech and Cape Clear partner

June 14 — Cape Clear Software will combine its Web services software with MetraTech's XML-based billing solution. This partnership will enable Web services billing across IT systems based on .Net, J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition), and CORBA.

NSIcom releases Windows JVM

June 14 — CrEme 3.2, a JVM for Windows CE, is now available from NSIcom. The VM comes with an applet plug-in for all releases of Internet Explorer and Pocket Internet Explorer and supports various Java APIs, including Swing, SQL, and SSL (Secure Socket Layer).

Ixiasoft enhances TextML Server interoperability

June 14 — Ixiasoft has introduced a Java API for its TextML Server, a native XML server that stores, indexes, and retrieves XML documents. The API addition improves TextML's interoperability.

RemoteApps launches Xyrian

June 14 — Xyrian is a new tool that provides Java developers with an architecture for simplifing the creation and management of J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) applications. Developed by RemoteApps, the tool runs on most J2EE application servers; reuses application functionality across Web, EJB (Enterprise JavaBean), Swing, J2SE (Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition), and J2ME (Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition) environments; and provides J2EE application content management.

Tangosol updates clustered caching software

June 14 — Tangosol has issued a prerelase of Coherence 1.1.3, its clustered caching software. This latest version features support for Tomcat 4.

PointBase adds JDBC 3.0 compatibility to RDBMS suite

June 7 — PointBase has updated its relational database management systems (RDBMS). PointBase Server 4.3 and PointBase Embedded 4.3 now feature JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) 3.0 compatibility and improved transactional performance, functionality, database console, and documentation. The company has also released PointBase Micro 4.3 and PointBase UniSync 4.3

TogetherSoft voices support for Sun ONE

June 7 — TogetherSoft will deliver its Together ControlCenter development tool with the Sun ONE (Open Network Environment) Portal Server 6.0, formerly the iPlanet Portal Sever.

MKS enhances source code analysis tool

June 7 — MKS has released Code Integrity Enterprise 7.4, its C/C++ and Java source code analysis and comprehension product, previously known as Discover 7.3. The company has added impact analysis, JBuilder integration, improved information model procedures, plus additional enhancements.

Rational Software introduces ScriptAssure

June 7 — Rational Software has released Rational Suite TestStudio 2002 Release 2 with ScriptAssure, a technology that produces resilient test scripts for Java and Web business applications. ScriptAssure uses a pattern-matching technology to automatically find the correct object for testing and validate dynamic application technology.

Phaos Technology launches three XML toolkits

June 7 — The Phaos XML Security Suite 1.3, one of three new XML-based technologies recently introduced by Phaos Technology, offers Java developers a tool for creating secure XML applications. The suite supports Phaos XKMS 1.0 and Phaos SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) 1.0. Phoas XKMS implements the XML Key Information Service Specification (X-KISS) and the XML Key Registration Service Specification (X-KRSS), allowing software to work with signature and encryption keys. Phaos SAML enables application development with SAML.

LogicLibrary integrates Logidex with Sun ONE

June 7 — LogicLibrary will support the Sun ONE (Open Network Environment) Portal Server 6.0 and the Sun ONE architecture for Web services. The company will integrate its Logidex product line, software for asset management, into the Sun ONE Portal Server.

Clover reveals unexecuted code

May 31 — Cortex has released Clover, a code coverage tool for Java that discovers sections of code that are not being executed. A tool for Ant-based projects, Clover helps developers create better unit tests. Clover measures statement, method, and branch coverage and has rich XML, HTML, and GUI (graphical user interface) reporting.

Sun integrates J2EE app server with Solaris

May 24 — With the release of Solaris 9, Sun Microsystems adds the Sun ONE (Open Network Environment) Application Server 7, Platform Edition (formerly iPlanet) to the operating system. The company has also bundled its Sun ONE Directory Server with Solaris.

Borland enhances Java development suite

May 24 — Borland Software has updated three of its Java development tools: JBuilder, Optimizeit Suite, and Enterprise Studio for Java. JBuilder 7 now features Web services capabilities and compliance with mobile application standards. Borland has also integrated its performance management solution, Optimizeit Suite 4.2, into the IDE. Enterprise Studio 4 for Java combines JBuilder 7, the Borland Enterprise Server, and Optimizeit Suite 4.2 with the Rational Rose Professional J 2002 Edition and the Rational Unified Process 2002. Enterprise Studio also includes Macromedia Dreamweaver MX.

Coldbeans Software enlarges custom tag library

May 24 — Coldbeans Software's custom JSP (JavaServer Pages) suite now includes more than 85 tags. The revised Coldtags taglib features tags for database manipulations, XML/XSL (Extensible Stylesheet Language) support, SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol), UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration) requests, and more.

Alcea Technologies updates error tracking system

May 24 — Alcea Technologies has released Fast BugTrack 2.0, its Java-based bug tracking system. This latest version includes user/group segmentation, customization through stylesheets, user-definable fields, filter-persistence, and the ability to search a bug's full text.

VistaJDBC automatically extracts Excel data

May 24 — Developed by VistaPortal Software, the updated VistaJDBC (Java Database Connectivity) driver now provides access and update capabilities to Excel spreadsheet files in multiplatform environments. It automatically obtains data from Microsoft Excel spreadsheets through SQL and allows developers to combine it with data from enterprise sources. With the driver's additional write capabilities, Java apps can automatically create, access, and update multiple spreadsheets.

Zero G Software improves InstallAnywhere's XML support

May 24 — InstallAnywhere 5, Zero G's software deployment tool, includes enhanced XML support, suite installation capabilities, team-development features, Web services-based application deployment tools, drag-and-drop functionality, and Apache Ant integration. Zero G has also released InstallAnywhere for the Mac OS.

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