Sun will unveil a detailed roadmap for HotJava that includes a release date for the final version and pricing at its Java One developers' conference in San Francisco later this month. In the meantime, the company has posted a new release to its Web site.
HotJava itself is written in Java and was originally distributed as a showcase for applets created in Sun's Java programming language. Compared to the alpha3 version released in April 1995, HotJava has evolved into a framework for software developers to create their own user environments on the Web, said David Spenhoff, Javasoft director of product marketing.
"We want people to see it as a framework to develop custom or branded user environments to do things that metaphorically aren't 'browser things' but are still network-based transactions," Spenhoff said.