Netdynamics Inc, from Palo Alto, California, believes it has leapt six months to a year ahead of the competition with its completely re-designed Netdynamics version 4.0 web application development tools and environment. The company says version 4.0 is the first complete system to enable companies to integrate, manage and develop open, enterprise-wide networked applications, harnessing rather than discarding or re-writing legacy applications. Version 4.0 was code-named Beaman, after the US long-jumper who set the world record by jumping so far beyond the previous record distance that it took 25 years to be broken, and this is what the company believes it has done with its new product. Version 4.0 is written in Java, and supports Java both on the client and the server. It claims to be completely agnostic about industry standards. It is Common Object Request Broker Architecture (Corba) -based, but supports Microsoft Corp’s DCOM via a Corba to DCOM bridge, Java Beans, and HTML or Java on the client. It will also integrate with everything and anything on the back-end, be it mainframe, client-server or web-based, enabling developers to produce applications that can interact with any data and any system. For version 4.0, the company has completely re-written its application server, a Corba-based Java applications server which enables applications to be distributed anywhere in the enterprise, and provides Corba services including load balancing, security, state and session management, data access and high availability. NetDynamics Studio, the developer kit, has also been completely re-written, and includes an integrated debugger which can debug remote applications via IIOP Internet Inter-ORB Protocol. The Command Center gives operators a single console to manage and administer the entire network of devices and applications, which can be accessed remotely from anywhere. To enable any applications to be integrated on the back end, Netdynamics has developed the PAC, or Platform Adapter Components, which provide the means to integrate legacy systems. Customers can build their own PAC’s from legacy or packaged applications, or buy them from Netdynamics or its partners, to enable them to be fully integrated into the server infrastructure. Once integrated, the applications apparently benefit from all the Netdynamics application server features like security and scalability. Netdynamics 4.0 is in beta now, and should be available at the beginning of next month. Privately held Netdynamics doesnt reveal its financial details, but claims it is growing by 50% from quarter to quarter, and its revenues are now in eight digits. It expects to be profitable next year, and will probably float towards the end of next year, it said.