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Sanga Pages, a suite of applications, is designed to give the Java-illiterate an opportunity to write custom Java intranet applications without actually using the complex programming language.

    Sanga International, a Burlington, Massachusetts-based start-up software developer, today introduced Sanga Pages, a suite of applications designed to give the Java-illiterate an opportunity to write custom Java intranet applications without actually using the complex programming language.

    According to Sanga, the new product cuts down on development time, allowing customers to write their own mission-critical applications in 30 to 90 days, much faster than the industry's traditional 18-month development cycle.

    Sanga, founded in June, is trying to capitalize on growing demand to bring the Sun Microsystems' programming language to a larger, less-technically expert user base of corporate managers and Web site administrators.

    Sanga Pages allow companies to develop custom applications to directly gain access and update live corporate databases of financial and accounting information, contact and project management, and scheduling and messaging data.

    The product features drag-and-drop tools to allow in-house developers to write custom, platform-independent corporate applications. With the aid of standard Web browsers, the tool enables users to write applications that use the Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) standard to access back-end databases, without writing CGI scripts.

    The product's desktop client includes a Java applet that works with a browser to provide a window into the Sanga Pages server. It also includes a query tool and a security component with DES encryption capability and support for Northern Telecom's Entrust security system.

    Sanga Pages is priced at $995 for an application developer package, or $1,795 for a single-server enterprise package supporting 100 users.