Show to yield plethora of tools

In addition to featuring endeavours by heavyweights such as Sun Microsystems Inc. and Oracle Corp., the JavaOne show this week also will host a slew of other companies detailing new wares ranging from development tools for Web services to business-to-business functionality.

Borland Software Corp., of Scotts Valley, Calif., plans to announce an expansion of the Borland Software Platform for Java with the debut of Borland OptimizeIt Suite and JDataStore. Intended to drive adoption of Java technologies by migrating Java development beyond power users to mainstream enterprise developers, the Borland Software Platform enables delivery of projects at a lower total cost of ownership, according to the company.

In addition to existing support for industry-standard Web services, the expanded Borland Software Platform, which features Borland JBuilder and Borland Enterprise Server, will include: OptimizeIt, a performance assurance and testing tool that integrates with major development and deployment environments; JDataStore, a platform-independent Java database solution integrated with JBuilder for embedded, Web, and mobile database applications; and TeamSource, a collaborative development environment for distributed teams across the firewall.

Micro Focus International Ltd., of Mountain View, Calif., and Cape Clear Software Inc., based in Dublin, Ireland, plan to announce a marketing and development alliance intended to bridge Cobol technology with Java in a Web services environment. Customers will be able to use a combination of Micro Focus and Cape Clear Software products to publish Cobol Web services. Micro Focus has integrated Cobol-to-Java wrapping technology into the Cape Clear CapeStudio 3 development and deployment environment. By mid-year 2002, customers will be able to use a combination of Micro Focus Net Express and Cape Clear CapeStudio 3 to deploy Cobol applications as Web services, according to Micro Focus.

M7 Networks Inc., of Palo Alto, Calif., will announce the availability of Web Foundry, a server and tools offering to enable rapid development of enterprise-class Web applications, according to the company. M7 Web Foundry provides a consistent approach to Web application development and enables the separate development and assembly of the application’s presentation layer, application flow, business process flow, business rules, application logic, and data integration, the company said.

“[M7 Foundry] helps developers build Web applications,” said Essam Zaky, M7 chief architect.

“It makes integration of business data from different sources extremely easy. It allows for manipulation of workflows and even has a graphical editor,” added Tim Lopez, M7 architect.

DataDirect Technologies Inc., of Rockville, Md., will announce the release of Connect JDBC 3.0, for connecting J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) applications to data running on all major databases. This release also will include a connectivity component that lets developers transform data between relational databases and XML in JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) applications.

IntaMission Ltd., of Windsor, U.K., will unveil its IntaSpaces infrastructure software. IntaSpaces enables businesses to keep complex distributed systems running while changes are made to enterprise applications and services. Its architecture and design simplifies complex tasks, allowing businesses to expand existing operations while managing costs, increasing productivity, and bringing new services to customers faster, according to the company. Target customers are large players running multiple applications and services across widely distributed networks.

Waltham, Mass.-based Empirix Inc. will announce FirstACT 2.0, the latest version of the company’s automated testing product for complex Web services. FirstACT enables organizations to generate tests containing user-defined data, with no computer language programming or training required. This tool automatically alerts the user of any defects early in the development process, which allows the user to isolate the problem and quickly and efficiently deliver working applications in real time, Empirix said.

Redwood City, Calif.-based start-up Infravio, a provider of Web services software and professional services, will announced the availability of Infravio Web Services Management System (WSMS) 2.0. Infravio Inc. WSMS enables existing applications to act as Web services, as well as build new Web services from the ground up. Through the use of an XML-based management model, the application provides a single point of command over the development, lifecycle management, and run-time execution of Web services, which improves developer productivity and reduces ongoing maintenance costs.

Fuego, of Dallas, plans to launch Unidentified XML Objects (UXOs), a stand-alone technology that incorporates small enterprises into the B2B world. With UXOs, customers, partners, and providers can conduct transactions with no change in current infrastructure, no programming effort, and no maintenance issues, Fuego said.

InCert Software Corp., of Cambridge, Mass., will detail the general availability of Halo for the J2EE platform. The latest version of Halo provides advanced application fault-management capabilities to companies developing enterprise-level J2EE applications. Halo J2EE provides source-code-level diagnoses of software faults in EJBs (Enterprise Java Beans), servlets, JSPs (Java Server Pages), and any other Java code.