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- Tuesday, June 30, 1998
Sun's released Personal WebAccess
2.0, a web browser for the Personal Java platform.
Sun licenses Personal WebAccess to companies
shipping Personal Java devices. It is not available for
individual download or purchase.
New Atlanta Communications has released
for Microsoft IIS, Netscape FastTrack
and Enterprise servers, and
Mac OS web servers.
This maintenance release fixes assorted bugs.
- Monday, June 29, 1998
Microsoft has released version 2.0.2 of their
SDK for Java
and the first pre-release of version 3.0 of their SDK for Java.
- Saturday, June 27, 1998
Sun's posted the third early access release of the Java Communications API
for Solaris and Windows on the Java
Developer Connection. This API allows Java applications to
talk to the serial and parallel ports. This release
fixes assorted bugs.
I've updated the notes for Week 6, Components,
of my Intro to Java Programming course.
In particular I added several pages covering the methods
java.awt.Component class and a page
about the difference between Swing and peer-based components.
- Friday, June 26, 1998
I've updated the notes for Week 7, Events,
of my Intro to Java Programming course.
In particular I rewrote the pages on mouse and keyboard events.
- Thursday, June 25, 1998
MacInTouch is reporting that Symantec is stopping
development of Visual Cafe for the Macintosh.
If so, this leaves Metrowerks with a virtual monopoly
on Macintosh IDEs.
- Wednesday, June 24, 1998
IBM's alphaworks has
released XML for Java 1.0
with a free commercial license.
- Tuesday, June 23, 1998
The U.S. National Security Agency has declassified
the Key Exchange Algorithm and the SKIPJACK encryption algorithm used in the
FORTEZZA personal computer card.
- Monday, June 22, 1998
Sun's posted Version x3.00.050 of the
Symantec JIT for JDK 1.1.6, Early Access 2 for Windows 95/NT
on the Java Developer Connection. This release fixes a lot of nasty bugs.
- Saturday, June 20, 1998
has updated their IRC Client
has updated the
Jikes Java compiler for
AIX, OS/2, Windows 95, Windows NT, Solaris Sparc.
- Friday, June 19, 1998
IBM's alphaworks has released several new and updated products
The Remote AWT for Java
can now run in Daemon mode
on an NC client.
Jikes Applet Dashboard
works with Internet
XML for Java now has
XPointer support and assorted bug fixes.
CViz is a
statistical visualization tool for analyzing high-dimensional data in
complex data sets written in Java.
NetScript is an environment for scripting with network components
in a Basic like language.
Netscript components can be Java
beans or ordinary Java classes packaged in JAR files. The NetScript
run time is written in Java 1.1.
- Thursday, June 18, 1998
I stopped by PC Expo in New York yesterday and overall it was quite
boring. There was only a little Java from the expected suspects
(Symantec, Inprise). Sun and Apple were both conspicuous by their absence.
I did note that for the first time in several years
most companies on the main show floor managed to resist the urge
to label every program, printer, mouse, scanner, hard drive
and other gizmo as "Internet ready" or "Java compatible".
There was a separate
WebX hall that was almost empty of attendees. Finally, the
Internet appears to be fading into the background of the computing
infrastructure rather than being the "hot new thing."
Communicator 4.5 yesterday.
Actual beta software isn't expected until some time in July.
I've updated the notes for Week 5, Applets,
of my Intro to Java Programming
- Wednesday, June 17, 1998
Netscape is expected to release a beta of Navigator 4.5 today.
Sun's posted the first proposal for version 1.1
of the JavaMail API Specification. Public review closes on July 15.
For everyone who didn't get to linus.microsoft.com in time,
here's the first few incriminating lines of what you missed:
Here's a screenshot if you prefer.
% telnet linus.microsoft.com 80
Connected to linus.microsoft.com.
Escape character is '^]'.
GET / HTTP/1.0
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 14:37:21 GMT
Server: Apache/1.2.6 Red Hat
Last-Modified: Thu, 07 May 1998 18:17:09 GMT
- Tuesday, June 16, 1998
Microsoft has taken down linus.microsoft.com, probably out of embarssament
after too many people
- Monday, June 15, 1998
I'm looking for a program to draw flow charts, class hierarchy diagrams,
and similar things on Windows NT.
On the Mac I use Stencil It and ClarisWorks. I'd appreciate any suggestions you
might have for Windows programs with similar functionality. Freeware
or payware is fine. (Most Windows
shareware seems to be so annoyingly in my face that I delete it
almost instantaneously. )
For a laugh, surf over to
http://linus.microsoft.com/ while it lasts.
- Friday, June 12, 1998
NetBeans, has released a public beta of NetBeans Developer
2.0, a pure Java IDE based on Swing.
- Thursday, June 11, 1998
Microsoft's released the first pre-beta of
Internet Explorer 5.0
for Windows 95 and NT. Among other features, this release features more
support for DHTML, CSS, and XML. No word yet on any changes in Java support.
The web site appears incompatible with Netscape.
(Now why does that not surprise me?)
- Wednesday, June 10, 1998
Sun's prepared an Internet Draft for a
for Representing Java Objects in an LDAP Directory.
Sun's released version 1.3 of the
Shared Data Toolkit to
registered members of the Java Developer Connection. This release features
speed-ups, bug fixes, and various API changes.
Borland's updated the JBuilder 2 online documentation to cover the
- Tuesday, June 9, 1998
Sun's posted the
JDBC 2.0 implementation and specification.
- Monday, June 8, 1998
Sun's released version 2.0.1 of its compatibility tester
It's not clear what the difference is between version 2.0 and 2.0.1.
Presumably this is a minor bug fix release, perhaps to add some missing files.
- Friday, June 5, 1998
Apple's released the fourth early access release of the
Runtime for Java Software Development Kit
(MRJ SDK) 2.0.1.
MRJ SDK supplies a compiler and various other development tools omitted from MRJ.
This version updates various tools
and libraries, including JBindery which has a simplified user interface.
- Thursday, June 4, 1998
I've launched a sister site called Cafe
con Leche which tracks news from
the XML world.If you're into XML, and you enjoy Cafe au Lait,
you should find Cafe con Leche useful too.
Microsoft's released version 1.0 of the Java SDK for Windows CE.
Separately, Alan Baratz, president of Sun's Java Software Division, told
attendees at GigaWorld IT Forum 98 that "The Java technology is not an operating system" and that
Java apps are likely to run on top of Windows CE, at least initially.
- Wednesday, June 3, 1998
IBM's alphaworks has updated Speech for
Java to the Java Speech
API 0.7 beta specification.
Alphaworks has also released several new products including:
a Scheme interpreter, written
in Java, with extensions
and working with Java
objects. Skij can be thought of as a scripting language for Java.
- JAX, a Java application packaging tool that
reduces the size of a Java
application by removing code that isn't used by the application.
30%-50% reduction of executable size.
- Jikes Applet Dashboard is
an applet-debugging tool Windows 95/NT that shows
how your applets will work in
various web browsers.
- a distributed
version of InfoBus for Windows 95 and NT
InfoBus components to communicate across different virtual machines
and network hosts.
Distributed InfoBus is a virtual machine bridge, as provided for in
the InfoBus 1.1 specification. It supports multiple network
protocols, such as HTTP and IIOP.
- Tuesday, June 2, 1998
Apple has released an
update to Macintosh
Runtime for Java
2.1 early access 1 that enables debugging with
Metrowerks CodeWarrior Pro 3.
Greg Guerin's released version 1.1 of his free
HTML produced by the
standard javadoc program
into a set of documents nested into sub-folders, rather than a set of
files with very long, and MacOS-hostile file names.
fixes assorted bugs and works with PolarDoc's 8.3-type
- Monday, June 1, 1998
Sun is soliciting feedback
about the design, performance, and usefulness
of the java.sun.com web site.
I suggested they use fewer graphics and applets,
make it easier to find specific APIs and products, and use
direct ftp downloads without going through download2.cgi first.
One section of the form asks for other web sites you visit
frequently, so be sure to tell them about Cafe au Lait.
Bill la Forge has posted a new
release of Coins, his XML based Java serialization
system. This release fixes various bugs,
moves SimpleRepository into the coins package,
and allows the cwd repository to work
with file-based repositories.