Dimension X has new high-level drag and drop tool for creation, editing, sequencing Java animations San Francisco, California-based Web site and HotJava developer Dimension X Inc is offering a high-level drag and drop tool it calls The Easy Animator, or TEA, for incorporating two- dimensional Java animation applets into a Web page. The Animator is […]
Dimension X has new high-level drag and drop tool for creation, editing, sequencing Java animations
San Francisco, California-based Web site and HotJava developer Dimension X Inc is offering a high-level drag and drop tool it calls The Easy Animator, or TEA, for incorporating two- dimensional Java animation applets into a Web page. The Animator is said to enable designers to create, edit and sequence Java animations including audio sequencing, motion path control, content management and simple behavior functionality. The Animator will eventually be extended to include plug-in libraries for sound, images and behavior. Free TEA is a demonstration version available from the company’s Web site. Lite and professional versions will come with additional libraries. The Animator is an animation application built on the company’s Jack Java tool kit for animation, itself the result of an earlier JAM Java animation development tool.
Sun prepares to extend Java products’ presence in the marketplace, aiming at intranet business
Sun Microsystems Inc is set to shift the Intranet products market up a gear within a couple of months, promising end-to-end Java implementations including terminals and servers running the Kona operating system. Back-end servers, possibly Netras re-vamped with UltraSparc, will host Java-based desktop terminals. They will move to the Java chips over time. The JavaStations, which currently have a bevy of code names associated with them, are coming out of vice-president general manager Gene Banman’s desktop group. JavaSoft Inc is currently preparing remote message indication middleware that will link Java client and servers to move objects around. It is Bud Tribble, now Ed Zander’s vice- president of Internet strategy at Sun who has been quickly pulling the pieces together. He sees hotels as ideal users of the combination, where reservation system operators don’t need to run spreadsheets or multiple desktop applications. Through a process of disintermediation – or cutting out the middle man – Tribble believes these kinds of Intranets will be quickly externalized for end users and customers to connect directly with their service supplier, eliminating the need for many 1-800 or switchboard operators. World Wide Web-based sales and marketing services can bypass traditional retail channels and go directly to the customer, while automated customer service efforts will reduce the need for customer representatives and house calls, he suggests.
Sun to deliver early version of HotJava Web browser next month
The San Jose Mercury News reports that Sun Microsystems Inc will release an early version of a new HotJava World Wide Web browser next month, and that it is preparing Java workshop tools for April or May including a client-based just-in-time compiler, a source-code editor, a project manager, a portfolio manager, a debugger, an applet tester and a source browser. And just-in-time compilers that will execute pre-compiled, cached machine code rather than generating new byte code for each piece of an applet will make Java up to 20 times faster, according to the company.
Postmodern rolls out Java-ready request broker for code generation on Object Group Inter-ORB Protocol
Mountain View, California company PostModern Computing Inc has been showing off its Java-enabled BlackWidow object request broker that generates client and server Java code that can run over the Object Group’s Corba 2 Internet Inter-ORB Protocol. It enables Java applets to call Corba objects. BlackWidow applications run on all Java-enabled systems – an Interface Definition Language compiler is available for Windows95, Mac and Solaris with other Unixes to follow. BlackWidow beta site Fusion Systems Group was last week demonstrating a derivative options calculation application using BlackWidow with Sun Microsystems Inc’s Java front-end at the Application Development Conference in New York. BlackWidow sits on the Solaris back-end with Netscape browsers on the clients. PostModern says Sun’s ow
n Java request broker – Joe (CI No 2,862) – won’t drown BlackWidow or other brokers as it doesn’t yet support Internet Inter-ORB Protocol and runs only against SunSoft Inc’s NEO object server environment. Object brokers written in C++ or other languages will always be required to provide access to object servers written in those languages. Although Sun will enable Joe for Internet Inter-ORB Protocol, PostModern says it will stay ahead of Sun by offering other Corba 2 services in BlackWidow. It expects to beta test a new version of BlackWidow in a couple of weeks that implements Corba transaction services and will ultimately provide transaction support for Java applets. The firm has other load- balancing and fault-tolerant extensions planned.
Sun JavaSoft readies kit to enable databases to store Java objects
Sun Microsystems Inc’s JavaSoft unit is said to be preparing a patented transparent persistence (binding) mechanism that will enable Java objects to be stored in object databases which it will license freely.