At its second annual Domino Developers Conference, Lotus Development
today said it is shipping
the latest version of its server-based data distribution package and it has
made several Java enhancements to Domino 4.6 Web application development
(IBM) subsidiary introduced NotesPump 2.5, a server-based data
distribution product that enables the exchange of data between a number of
host systems and relational database packages. Priced at $7,995, NotesPump
supports OS/2 Warp 3.0, Windows NT 3.51 or 4.0, HP-UX 10.01, Sun Solaris
2.5.1 (SPARC and Intel), and IBM AIX 4.1.4.
The new version of the data distribution package includes RealTime
which allows database administrators to establish persistent, synchronous
connections between Domino applications and NotesPump-supported back-end
data sources with no programming required.
Supported data sources for NotesPump include IBM DB2, Lotus Notes,
Oracle, Sybase, ASCII text EDA/SQL, ODBC, and HTML.
At the conference, held in San Francisco, Lotus executives also said that
Domino 4.6 will support the JDK (Java Development Kit) version 1.1.
The company said it is extending developers' options to create Web
applications by exposing the use of Domino back-end objects through Java
and by offering new ways for developers to share data between Domino and
In addition, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company said it will begin
shipping Lotus BeanMachine for Java 1.1 later this month. The BeanMachine
supports JDK 1.1, including the ability to import JavaBeans.
With Java 1.1, API support developers can create, copy, replicate, and delete
databases, as well as set database design properties, create, copy, and
delete folders. In addition, Java code can be attached to events in Domino
forms, written as Domino server ad-ins, or run as stand-alone applications
on the Domino server or Notes client.
"This really ties all the components together. It truly fulfills the NCF [Network Computing Federation],"
said Paul Castiglione of the DominoWeb Applications division at Lotus.
The NCF is IBM's road map for developing its Internet,
e-commerce, network computing, and enterprise businesses.