When Progress Software Corp releases version 2.0 of its Apptivity application development toolkit on Monday, it reckons it will raise the stakes in the Java tools market with a product that enables developers to produce mission critical business applications in 100% Java. Bedford, Massachusetts-based Progress acquired the Apptivity product when it bought Apptivity Corp, of Newark, California a few months ago specifically for its Java database tools (CI No 3,194). The kit will offer an expanded visual toolset including Wizards for deployment of Java applications over multiple tier distributed systems, and CORBA Wizards to enable developers to integrate with legacy systems without being CORBA experts. It also offers full distributed de-bugging enabling developers to test and debug applications both locally and remotely, on both client and server. Purna Pareek, former chief executive of Apptivity and now vice president of Progress Apptivity product unit, says the product is the first of its kind to concentrate on mission critical applications in 100% pure Java, and to deliver on the promise of cross-platform Java. The company says in internal tests, components built in Apptivity 2.0 performed equally well on a PC, Mac and Sun Solaris workstation. Apptivity Server manages sessions, load balances connections across multiple servers, executes Java application logic and handles database access, including the Progress database, through JDBC. Pareek says the product makes Java a workable language for business applications. The product will ship on November 13 at $2,000 for Apptivity Developer including a 5-user server license, and $5,000 for a 20-user server.
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