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Symantec Announces VisualCafe 4

Symantec Corp. this week announced the release of its VisualCafe 4 development environment for Java.

VisualCafe provides developers with an adaptable, integrated application environment, and combines a core Java development environment with many best-of-breed offerings from partners including BEA Systems, IONA, Oracle and PointBase.

VisualCafe 4 impliments the new Java 2 platform standards from Sun Microsystems, including multi-server Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) support, Java ServerPages (JSP), servlets, CORBA, multi-tier distributed debugging and other Java technologies.

Symantec has tightly integrated the following vendors' solutions with VisualCafe Enterprise Edition:

  • BEA Systems - Enterprise JavaBean integration with BEA WebLogic Application Server enables developers to more easily develop, debug, and deploy EJBs
  • IONA - Developers can extend their VisualCafe-built applications across the enterprise, leveraging IONA's Orbix enterprise middleware product family.
  • Oracle - Integration with Oracle 8i provides developers with the ability to develop applications using this industry leading database.
  • PointBase - PointBase Mobile Edition provides a robust 100% Pure Java database that supports key industry standards, including Java, SQL-92 and SQL-99, JDBC and XML.
Every version of VisualCafe 4, including the Standard, Expert and Enterprise edition, include the Lightning JIT 4 compiler, which provides what Symantec is billing as "the industry's fastest Java 2 execution."

VisualCafe 4 Expert Edition was designed with the professional Java developer in mind. It supports the new Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE) platform and allows users to quickly configure the environment to edit, compile and debug for Java 2 or JDK 1.1. The Expert Edition also features a "best-in-class" visual debugger with full expression evaluation capabilities, conditional breakpoints and incremental debugging.

VisualCafe 4 Enterprise Edition (, available in the first quarter of 2000) was designed for developers that are involved with serious server-side, multi-tier Java development. VisualCafe Enterprise Edition supports Java ServerPages, and includes an integrated visual JSP editor that supports a drag-and-drop WYSYWIG environment and a JSP source editor with syntax highlighting, checking and suggestions for Java, HTML and XML.

VisualCafe Standard Edition and VisualCafe Expert Edition are available now for the retail price of $99.95 and $799.95, respectively.