Macintosh developers can now join in the industry-wide sport of jumping on the crowded Java bandwagon.
Sun Microsystems yesterday released a beta version of the Java Developer's Kit (JDK) for the Mac. A free copy of the beta version is available from Sun's Web site. A final version is scheduled to be finished next month, according to a Sun spokeswoman.
The JDK will let Mac developers use the 1.0 Java Applet API to create Java applets for use with Java-compliant browsers. An applet viewer for examining applets outside of a Web browser is also included.
The kit requires a Macintosh with at least a 68030 or PowerPC microprocessor running system 7.5, with 8MB of RAM and 7MB of hard disk space.
Sun released the beta version of the Java JDK for Windows 95 last summer.
Until now, Macintosh developers who wanted to create Java applets had to use a $300 integrated development environment called Roaster from Natural Intelligence.