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July 8, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:17pm

INFOSCAPE, PAL OF SUN, REVS ITS FRESCO ENTERPRISE JAVA TOOL

By CBR Staff Writer

Java enterprise development tools company Infoscape Inc has launched version 2.0 of its flagship Fresco product. New this time is database transaction control for such things as inserts, rollbacks, commits, deletes and updates. Java components can also be plugged into the environment to extend it, though full support for JavaBeans will come in the next release. And further down the line the company is looking at including templates for vertical markets Fresco, and possibly special versions of the tool for each market, which seems a common policy among companies offering component-based Java development environments. San Francisco- based Infoscape has extended its relationship with Marimba Inc to integrate Marimba’ Publish Now software developer’s kit (SDK) so developers can deploy applications to Castanet channels as well as web browsers. Infoscape is staffed mostly with ex-Sun Microsystems Inc, NeXT Software Inc and Oracle Corp and is funded mainly by seed capital company Red Leaf Venture Management and private investors. It claims a very close relationship with Sun especially, which gets it into numerous Fortune 100 companies through joint sales calls, including major telcos, which will be essential if two year-old Infoscape’s vertical market strategy is to pay off. Fresco is also being evaluated to see if it can be fitted with Sun’s 100% Pure Java badge. Fresco is available later this month, and $5,000 buys a pilot package, which includes two developer seats, one 50-user server license and one database adapter – either Oracle, Sybase or ODBC. Separate developers’ seats cost $1,500 each.

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