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IBM's alphaWorks is planning to blitz the Internet with Java-based technologies starting on September 6.

IBM (IBM) is planning to blitz the Internet with Java technologies starting on September 6.

The company will post five new Java programs on alphaWorks, a Web site that showcases software technologies in progress, or in the "alpha" stages of development at IBM's laboratories.

IBM this week opened the doors to alphaWorks, making software such as the first Java engine for Windows 3.1 available for free to Net surfers, as previously reported by CNET.

Beginning September 6, IBM will host a Java Week, where it will post a number of other Java-related technologies on alphaWorks. Aglets Workbench is a visual development environment that will allow programmers to create intelligent agents in Java. JumpingBeans is a collection of Java software components that developers can mix and match to create new Web page programs.

IBM also will introduce a tool for connecting existing applications to Java applets, Java resource class libraries, and reusable graphical users interface applets.

IBM also is planning to release a version of Sun Microsystems' HotJava Web browser for Windows 3.1.

This week, IBM released several other Net programs, including Bamba, a player for receiving streamed audio and video over the Net; NetRexx, a scripting language that allows developers to write Java applets more quickly than with straight Java; and PanoramIX, a tool for creating 360-degree navigable panoramic scenes.

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