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Symantec updates Visual Cafe

The company is giving developers an easier way to connect Java applications to other corporate software.

Symantec (SYMC) is giving developers an easier way to connect Java applications to other corporate software.

The company today announced new versions of its Visual Cafe for Java 2.5, Database Development Edition and Professional Edition.

Both versions add compatibility with the JDK (Java development kit) version 1.1.5, new user interface options that let developers better customize their work environment, and new APIs (application programming interfaces) for linking software to third-party applications.

The Database Developer Edition is a retooled version of the company's package for building Java-based business applications linked to corporate databases.

The tool includes a local relational database and a copy of Symantec's DBAnywhere Server, a JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) middleware tool for linking Java applications to back-end databases. The middleware allows developers to link Java applications to an unlimited number of databases, the company said.

The tool is expected to ship in March on Windows 95 and Windows NT, priced at $799.95.

The Professional edition includes the user interface improvements and API support of the Database Development Edition, but does not include the JDBC middleware and relational database. It will also ship in March, priced at $299.95.