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Sun Microsystems Inc will ship a beta version of its JDK Java Development Kit 1.2 release this month which includes integrated Java Foundation Classes interface and service components, enhanced performance – including a foundation for the HotSpot go- faster Java virtual machine technology – and an extended security features. The new version be generally available by the end of June next year. Developers are currently using JFC 1.1’s Swing set of interface components to build JDK 1.1 applications. The classes provide support for a native look and feel or a Java look and feel to provide consistency across platforms. Other JFC APIs, including 2D, cross-platform drag and drop, and database access will be included in the mid-1998 JDK 1.2. An early release of HotSpot will be available next quarter with production versions due next summer. JDK 1.2 will provide the necessary hooks for HotSpot which will be sold separately to Java licensees. JDK 1.2 will include a permission-based security system allowing Java applications access to certain system resources outside the Java sandbox based a user or administrator’s security policy. Sun says it’s also now shipping a DOS version of JDK it promised last summer. A JumpStart package of Java technologies is available for enterprise developers.

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