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Rethinking Java

This week's JavaOne conference focuses on how to help Java spread beyond the desktop, namely to servers, PDAs, smart cards, and other non-PC devices.

Java evangelists have long touted Java as a "write once, run anywhere" technology that lets developers create applications that run on any computing device. In reality, however, most Java applets aren't appropriate for every platform. At this week's JavaOne conference in San Francisco, Sun subsidiary JavaSoft and the rest of the industry are announcing new strategies to make it easier for developers to write Java apps for servers, handhelds, smart cards, and other devices.

Gates says Java no Holy Grail
by Nick Wingfield
Bill Gates says Java is just another programming language, which Microsoft will support as it has others.
Net founders face Java future
by Tim Clark
On a stage before thousands at JavaOne, the pioneers of the Internet met others who created what they hope will be the Internet's future: Java.
Microsoft wants end to Java wars
by Nick Wingfield
It isn't exactly an olive branch, but Microsoft wants to see an end to the Java religious wars with Sun.
Lotus helps applets share data
by Alex Lash
Lotus Development licenses its InfoBus technology to Sun Microsystems for a future version of the Java Developer Kit.
Sun declares year of Java
by Nick Wingfield
This year Java will make a name for itself beyond the desktop, Sun Microsystems says.
Java to get standardized toolkit
by Nick Wingfield and Mike Ricciuiti
Sun, Netscape, and IBM team up to define development tools that give Java apps a common look and feel.
Sun makes Java chip deals
by Tim Clark
Sun will announce agreements to codevelop four new Java chips for consumer devices.
San Francisco hails Java
by Nick Wingfield
San Francisco's recognition of Java bears no legislative significance but the clout of the programming language is nonetheless impressive.
Netscape tool rounds out lineup
by Nick Wingfield
Netscape plugs a critical gap in its product line by announcing its first full-fledged development tool.
Netscape to plug server, tool gap
by Nick Wingfield
Tomorrow, the company will announce its first full-fledged development tool for building intranet and Internet applications called Visual JavaScript.
Open Horizon offers instant Java
by Tim Clark
Its Java-based Ambrosia 1.1 tool for building Internet business applications will be showcased at the JavaOne conference.
SGI does Windows with Java
by Nick Wingfield
Even as it ties itself closer and closer to Java, Silicon Graphics is still struggling to refashion itself as a serious Windows developer.
Java gets business rules tool
by Mike Ricciuti
Software tools company Ilog will deliver technology next week that could speed up Java-based business applications.
Mitsubishi to show Java NCs
by Jim Davis
Mitsubishi Electronics America will demonstrate prototypes of Java-based mobile computing and desktop network computers.
Java flavors for different devices
by Nick Wingfield
All computers are not created equal, and Sun Microsystems is shaking up its Java technology to reflect that fact.
JavaOne has servers in mind
by Nick Wingfield
Moving beyond desktops to underpin server applications will be one mantra at next week's JavaOne developer conference.
Oracle to marry Java, databases
by Mike Ricciuti
Oracle is teaming with IBM and Tandem to propose a Java standard for corporate data retrieval next week at JavaOne.
Gosling: Java's future on network
by Ben Heskett
Java creator James Gosling tells Novell BrainShare '97 developers that server-based applications are Java's raison d'etre.