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New tools help nail down Java uses

New tools will make it easier to wed Java with old client-server applications.

Software tool vendors are striving to make the thorny task of wedding new Java development with old client-server applications a bit easier through three new tools announced today.

Active Software launched ActiveWeb, a development tool and communication software bundle that lets dissimilar applications and databases exchange information through the Web.

ActiveWeb, set to ship next month, includes four components:
--the ActiveWeb Information Broker for exchanging information between networked systems
--the ActiveWeb dbAdapter, which connects SQL databases from Oracle, Sybase, and other makers to the Information Broker
--ActiveWeb Java development tools for custom mapping of applications to the Information Broker
--a set of deployment and management tools, with prices starting at $4,995 per developer.

The company has also signed up a series of technology partners, including Terisa Systems, which says it will develop by year's end security software for linking Java applets to Internet and intranet servers using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) technology. Terisa will also license the technology to other companies.

Unify announced Unify Vision/Web, a Java code generator for its Unify Vision development tool set and one of the first tools to rely on Java for high-end, scalable applications. The company said Vision/Web allows developers to create Java client code for new and existing client-server applications deployed on Windows, Macintosh, Unix, and OS/2 systems. The tool, slated to ship by November, is priced at $17,000 per development site.

Gradient Technologies and Spider Technologies, meanwhile, plan to integrate Gradient's WebCrusader intranet application security and distribution tools with Spider's NetDynamics Java development software. The companies plan to ship fully integrated tools for building secure Java-based intranet applications by this fall. The companies did not announce pricing.

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