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Dynasty Technologies Inc has, as briefly reported, gone to Viewsoft Inc for the Java front-end it will be using in the forthcoming Dynasty 3.5 software development environment (CI No 3,267, 3,278). 3.5 also includes new features for generating Java code. Dynasty last month took an equity stake in the Provo, Utah- based company and agreed a worldwide reseller/OEM agreement. Geoffrey Roach, vice president of worldwide marketing said the deal was worth several million dollars and makes Dynasty the major shareholder in Viewsoft. The buy was made to get Dynasty to market with key Java technology earlier than would otherwise have been possible. Roach describes the Viewsoft technology as an ultra thin client and claims it’s unique in that the only thing on the client is what is needed to operate the graphical user interface at that precise moment. The software is also designed to automatically handle session management and includes features such as conflict resolution and state management. Dynasty 3.5 will also include enhanced configuration management and native support for 64-bit architectures and extensible SQL data types. There’s also support for Informix version 5 and 7, Windows NT or Digital Unix on Alpha servers and Sybase XA on Sun Solaris and Windows NT. Meanwhile Dynasty says it plans to target more vertical markets in the future, particularly in areas like broadcasting, telecommunications and financial markets where it already has a presence, and is also looking to add specialist partners in these fields. Roach says the company will also be expanding operations into Japan, Singapore and Australia ahead of its public offering, due in late 1998.

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