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April 2, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:40pm


By CBR Staff Writer

Netscape Communications Corp is trumpeting its first fully- fledged Java development tool, Visual JavaScript, codenamed Palomar, which got its only previous mention in the company’s recently announced roadmap (CI No 3,117). The tool, written in Java, will enable developers to create a web page on an HTML Page Builder and then drop JavaScript components and JavaBeans from Netscape and other vendors into the page and create links using its Inspector and Connection Builder functions to build Java applications. They can then be debugged and deployed to either a staging area or web server. Netscape will provide a component developer’s kit so developers can add their own component to the Component Palette. This is the first product in Netscape’s Crossware program of applications based on standards that operate across major client and server operating systems, and be able to centrally-deployable and manageable. Central among the standards are Corba 2.0, Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). The Mountain Viewer got 40 other companies to say what a good thing Crossware was in mid-March, but didn’t invite Microsoft Corp along. Meantime, Netscape also announced Enterprise Server 3.0 Pro – Enterprise Server plus either a development and limited deployment copy of Informix Online Workgroup Server or a development-only copy of Oracle7 Workgroup Server. Visual JavaScript will be out before the year-end for $500.

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