Apptivity serves up Java tools

Start-up toolmaker Apptivity takes aim at hard-core IS developers with a product for building end-to-end Web-based Java applications.

Newark, California-based start-up Apptivity is jumping on the Java bandwagon with a toolkit for building entire Web-based client and server Java applications.

The tools--the Apptivity Developer and Apptivity Server--are targeted at hard-core corporate developers looking for a better balance between client and server transactions conducted over in-house intranets and the Internet.

A newcomer to the development tool market, Apptivity aims to bridge the gap between traditional client-server tools and Web-based software development kits. The company, which is headed by industry veteran and former Informix Software executive Purna Pareek, is plunging into a competitive space inhabited by traditional client-server tools such as Powersoft's PowerBuilder and Microsoft's Visual Basic, along with Web tool makers such as NetDynamics.

The Apptivity Developer lets programmers work with both the client and server programs in Java, letting developers write much of the applications logic onto the server, which reduces the bulk of the client software. The toolkit uses drag-and-drop interfaces to streamline the process.

Server applications written with the toolkit are designed to reside on the Apptivity Server and will run on any platform employing the Java Virtual Machine, according to the company.

The Apptivity Developer costs $1,995 for a two-person license, while the application server license starts at $2,500 for ten concurrent users.