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Borland Upgrades Janeva

Borland Software Corp. has launched Janeva 6, an upgrade featuring security improvements along with a new "call back" functionality that is currently lacking in some Web services deployments.

The release is the second time the Scots Valley, Calif., software company has upgraded its Janeva application since it first launched in May (version 2.5 came out this summer).

Version 6 signifies its compatibility with the core code base found in its Borland Enterprise Server edition, which is scheduled to release its own version 6 sometime in the near future.

Janeva works in the enterprise by automatically plugging into a J2EE or CORBA environment and giving users access to applications run on the .NET framework. Unlike many of the bridging technologies that exists in Web services, Janeva translates data types automatically, allowing for hands-free interoperability between J2EE and .NET.

The difference between Janeva and Web services, said Vince Taisipic, Janeva product manager, is that the software provides functionality Web services can't touch yet.

"Janeva came about because some of these mixed environments, as they were looking at .NET, took a look at Web services and some of the bridging technologies and there were some issues that needed to be addressed immediately," he said.

Version 6 picks up where its mid-year version 2.5 left off, and brings certified support for user authorization and authentication, but one of Janeva's biggest boosts comes from its ability to let .NET applications "call back" J2EE applications.

In a Web services environment, if an application makes a data request to another application and there is no data (or the data isn't ready in time), a timeout error results. While OASIS, the Web services standards body, has just started to address this and expects a working model by January 2004, the fact remains there is no solution to the problem today.

"The thought of a Web service calling back is not something that's being actively addressed at this point and that's an important aspect, especially if you want to have real-time systems out there," Taisipic said.

Janeva 6.0 will become generally available in January 2004. Borland cites two payment plans for the software: server ($2,990 per CPU) and client ($5,990 per 20 clients).

In related news, Borland also announced the launch Tuesday of JDataStore 7, its embedded database for mobile devices. Enhancements include database mirroring, incremental backup and the software's ability to work on PDAs, tablets and laptops.



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