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Sybase reheats Java tool

Sybase subsidiary Powersoft will this week post the second beta version of its upcoming Java development tool, now called Jato.

Sybase (SYBS) subsidiary Powersoft will later this week post to its Web site the second beta copy of its Java application development tool, formerly code-named Starbuck.

The latest beta version of the tool, now code-named Jato, fixes several bugs and will allow developers to drag and drop JavaBeans and ActiveX components into Java applications.

Powersoft has added several new components to the tool including a visual SQL query editor, improved documentation, and the inclusion of jdbcConnect, Sybase's data access tool for multitier intranet applications.

Jato is designed to compete with other Java development tools from Borland, Symantec, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems, but it will also include tools to make server-side Java development easier.

Jato, slated to ship by mid-1997, will join the company's stable of existing development tools, which includes PowerBuilder, Optima++, and NetImpact Studio.

Jato will look and feel similar to Optima++, according to Tina Pitts, a marketing specialist at Powersoft, and will include data-aware Java controls and drivers for Sybase databases and middleware.

Sybase also announced today Watcom C/C++ version 11.0, an updated version of the company's C and C++ compiler. The new version improves performance of deployed applications, and adds support for Intel MMX-enabled Pentium processors. Watcom C/C++ 11.0 costs $350. Upgrades from competitive products are priced at $199. Upgrades from previous versions of the tool cost $149.