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Apple Upgrades Enterprise Software

Apple Computer Inc. Wednesday rolled out the latest version of its application server software that develops enterprise network applications for intranet and e-commerce Web sites.

Already a complete application server, WebObjects 4.5 features tools that increase reduce Web application development time and can improve performance by more than 50 percent.

WebObjects is an open, standards-compliant application server that is ideal for developing Java applications. Its architecture promotes quick development of reusable components, providing scalability, load balancing and fault-tolerant capabilities for multi-threaded applications running across multiple CPUs, the company said.

New features in WebObjects 4.5 include:

  • Integrated XML support, using IBM's alphaWorks parser, enabling developers to build applications that exchange data with other XML-based application systems
  • A user interface for the WebObjects Builder with features that shorten development time
  • Built-in application profiling tools that allow WebObjects applications to dynamically monitor execution environments, which can improve performance by at least 50 percent
  • A back-end LDAP adaptor that enables developers to authenticate users against LDAP servers or build asset management applications that can easily talk to directory services
  • Direct to Java Client technology which completely automates the process of creating rich, 100 percent Pure Java clients for accessing databases over the Internet

"WebObjects is the application server platform of choice because of its reliable, mature and comprehensive environment," said Steve Jobs, Apple's AAPL chief executive officer. "Now customers can create the world's most powerful Web sites faster than ever before with WebObjects' new WebObjects Builder interface and Direct to Java Client technology."

WebObjects is priced at $1,499 per seat for the developer edition, which includes licenses to deploy limited performance servers. Customer deployment prices range from $7,500 to $50,000 per server, depending on the number of connections associated with a deployment license.