At the Apple World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) next week, Quarterdeck will announce enhancements to its Webstar server software for the Macintosh to keep it competitive with offerings from Microsoft and Netscape Communications.
On Monday, Quarterdeck will demonstrate a version of Webstar that supports W*API (Webstar Server application programming interface), an API that will allow faster connections between the Web server and databases than are currently available with common gateway interface programs.
The W*API will be fully compatible with comparable APIs from Netscape and Microsoft to ensure interoperability between software extensions, such as custom database applications, written for each Web server.
The W*API will be available when version 1.3 of Webstar ships this month.
Quarterdeck is also announcing a strategic alliance with Natural Intelligence, a Java tools developer for the Mac, to allow developers to write server extensions in Java for the W*API. Also at WWDC, Natural Intelligence will demonstrate the next major release of the Roaster development environment for Java.