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January 29, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 1:05pm


By CBR Staff Writer

The scramble to get developers to throw all of their programming eggs into a single vendor’s basket is reaching fever pitch as Microsoft Corp and Sun Microsystems Inc follow Oracle Corp to offer one-stop tools shopping. The proliferation of mixed desktop, client/server and web-based environments within single organizations has encouraged vendors to bundle-up development tool products into attractively-priced suites. From March 19th Microsoft Corp will sell Visual Basic, Visual C++, Visual J++, Visual FoxPro and Visual InterDev for the web as a single product suite called Visual Studio 97 which will run on Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0 and up. Yesterday Sun’s SunSoft software arm finally began shipping its long-anticipated Internet Workshop suite which consists of Java WorkShop, Visual WorkShop C++ and version 2.0 of the NEOworks collection of Corba object development tools. NEOworks includes an IDL Interface Definition Language compiler and graphical interface builder and a new cut of the NEO object request broker which only now supports Object Management Group’s IIOP Internet Inter-ORB Protocol, enabling objects to be passed between different vendors’ object systems. The Joe 2.0 request broker translates between Java clients and Corba servers, while Sun has OEMed Quebec-based Visual Edge Technology Ltd’s ObjectBridge technology as NEO Connectivity for translating and bridging between Corba IDL and common object model-based Windows desktops without requiring an object request broker be present on the client. Also bundled are Solstice NEO graphical management tools for monitoring the status of networked and shared services and providing SNMP hooks. NEO desktop, an implementation of the NextStep-derived OpenStep graphical user interface, has been shunted into a siding away from the rest of the NEO family. The Internet Workshop costs from $6,000 per developer. Neo 2.0 runtimes are $200 for every server or client attached to the Neo server except Java clients that access Neo services from outside of the intranet. Earlier this week Oracle Corp tossed its NetSolutions programming tools and some additional database and data access software into a Web Developer Suite which it’s selling for $8,000, some 50% chaper than the cost of buying each component product individually (CI No 3,086).

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