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Symantec to pour Java Café

Symantec says it will give Java developers a performance jolt when it ships its visual Java development tools for Macintosh and Windows later this month.

Symantec says it will give Java developers a performance jolt when it ships its visual Java development tools for Macintosh and Windows later this month.

With Symantec Café for Windows, the company will include a Java compiler that is several times faster than the compiler in Sun Microsystems' free Java Development Kit 1.0. The compiler will greatly accelerate the process of developing Java applets, the company said. Café will also provide a graphical debugger, a class browser for analyzing Java code libraries, an introduction to Java programming booklet, and more than 35 sample applets.

Café will be available on Symantec's Web site this month for a 90-day introductory price of $130. It will ship in retail channels in late March for $300. Current Symantec C++ users can buy Café for $100.

The company also announced today a free Java add-on program code named Caffeine for its Symantec C++ for Power Macintosh (version 8.04 or later) development environment. The add-on consists of Sun's JDK programs for Mac, including the Java Virtual Machine client software, compiler, and class libraries. It does not, however, include the performance-boosted compiler available in the Windows development environment.