December 9, 1996 6:35 PM ET

JavaSoft has big plans for 'Java Day'
By Michael Moeller

  JavaSoft will use James Gosling's keynote speech at Internet World's Java Day on Wednesday to unveil a number of major server, component and interactive advancements for Java.

Among the announcements at the New York show, JavaSoft will introduce a set of speech APIs for Java, as well as the finalization of the Java Media APIs -- with a beta set to be released either by the end of this year or early next year. Gosling is one of the creators of Java.

In addition, JavaSoft will roll out the beta version of Java Beans -- an object technology designed to enable OpenDoc parts, Java applets and ActiveX controls to be integrated to create a Java-based application. The beta release is nearly three months ahead of schedule, according to sources.

To complement the beta release of Java Beans, JavaSoft is set to introduce a Java Beans Development Toolkit. JavaSoft also will attempt to garner interest in server-side Java technologies with the release of a family of Java server products.

Among these will be the Java NC Server, which supports JavaOS and the HotJava Views productivity environment. In addition, JavaSoft will unveil a Java Web Server that is aimed at departments and individuals and is written totally in Java. It will run on any operating system that supports the Java Virtual Machine.

A key component of Java Web Server is its support for the Java Servlet APIs that are designed to connect server-side Java applications to back-end client/server or database applications without requiring Common Gateway Interface scripts.

For developers looking to customize the Java server environment, JavaSoft also is releasing a Java Server Toolkit that will enable them to create homegrown Java-based servers. Included in the Toolkit is a basic Java server framework, as well as tools and sample Servlet applications. The Toolkit will also include the Java Servlet Engine, which lets Servlet applications run on legacy systems as well.

Java Web Server, currently an early access release, is due to be commercially released early next year, with the Java Server Toolkit also available via a license from JavaSoft. The Java NC Server is slated to ship in the middle of next year. Pricing has not been set. In a separate effort this week, JavaSoft is rolling out a new branding program designed to designate 100 percent cross-platform Java implementations. Called Pure Java, the campaign is aimed at helping corporate users determine if a Java application was created using only Java APIs or if it is based on a combination of Java and platform-specific APIs that might result in the application running only on a single platform.

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