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DeveloperNet: The Source of Opportunity for Application Developers

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01 Mar 1998

Find out what Novell's developer program, DeveloperNet, can offer those who are writing the next generation of network applications.


To be truly successful in the era of Internet computing, software applications will be mobile, on demand, deployed across geographic locations, and intelligent to discover other applications, resources, and services. The widespread adoption of intranets is increasing the necessity for hardware and software applications to leverage services that go far beyond file and print functions to provide manageability, global security, and authentication features. And, importantly, the ways in which applications are created is evolving rapidly with the rise of robust, server-based development processes that can also offer your products needed platform- and location-independent manageability. Through Open Solutions Architecture, Novell has significantly enhanced the speed, ease, and value of your development to the world's most popular network platforms.

Novell Means Business

Novell's objective is to be a pure Internet/intranet network software leader by the end of 1998. By executing in Internet time, Novell is evolving its traditional products and delivering all new products based on Internet standards and protocols such as Java, CORBA/IIOP, and LDAP. Novell was first to license Java for the server, and first to implement and establish rich networking services and manageability frameworks using Java for the creation of dynamic, distributed-server processes.

Novell is delivering intelligent, directory-enabled network services and the products and platforms needed for providing quick, secure access to distributed information resources whether within a business or between businesses, their customers and suppliers. As we fully embrace Java and open standards, all of Novell's networking services will be exposed through Java, ActiveX, C/C++ and Scripting, offering developers far more powerful ways to develop and network-enable their applications, kernel extensions, and other solutions.

With languages and interfaces that span the entire range of popular developer offerings, Novell is delivering its strategy and its promise to developers through Open Solutions Architecture and NetWare 5.

Open Architecture Opens Novell's Doors to Developers

Novell Open Solutions Architecture delivers a new value proposition that focuses not only on application development, but also on manageability of those applications on the network and across the Internet. Organized around a common execution and development environment, along with consistent documentation and tools, it provides a comprehensive set of unique services and a revolutionary approach to leveraging Java on the server.

Open Solutions Architecture is not just about Java; it extends broad support to C/C++ and scripting developers writing network-aware applications and solutions. Developer interfaces to network services will be delivered through class libraries, JavaBeans, scripting languages (Visual Basic, JavaScript, Perl), and C/C++ APIs to enable the widest range of developer participation and opportunity.

Open Solutions Architecture delivers a collection of 100% Java frameworks that identify specific areas of manageability that your customers demand. Some examples of frameworks in the SDK are:

  • Installation and Configuration Framework

  • Software Update and Distribution Framework

  • Licensing and Metering Framework

  • Network Management Console Framework

  • Directory Naming and Registration Framework

  • Event and Policy Management Framework

  • Security and Authentication Framework

  • Collaborative Management Framework

  • Internet Border Manager Framework

  • Storage Access and Management Framework

  • Replication Management Framework

  • Distributed Print Framework

Because it is being defined by Novell and many of the company's third-party partners, Open Solutions Architecture brings the power of diversity to a consistent whole, providing the unifying element developers need to expand and broaden Java services and solutions on the server. Just as Novell has strengths in networking platforms and services, other vendors, such as Oracle and Netscape, IBM and others, contribute their strengths in database connectivity, services, and developer tools. For more information, visit

Novell's Next Generation NetWare 5 Platform

Although Novell has offered TCP/IP solutions for many years, NetWare 5 is Novell's first "Pure IP" network pure in the sense that it doesn't retain an IPX-based encapsulation (or, in the case of NT Server, a NetBIOS encapsulation). It is the network that offers direct, unimpeded access to other IP-based networks, including popular UNIX platforms and the Internet.

With the release of the NetWare 5 platform, it will be even easier to access the resources you need, because all of the enhancement to the platform, such as pure IP, multi-processor kernel, memory enhancements, and clustering, will optimize Java for complete server-side development access. The new kernel in NetWare 5 combines the performance of a un-iprocessor kernel with the superior scalability of a multi-processor kernel. And NetWare 5 will support up to 32 processors. In addition to the new kernel, NetWare 5 offers Memory Protection for added fault tolerance, as well as Virtual Memory, for additional memory resources without adding memory to a system. An integrated debugger provides improved development support.

Novell Storage Services (NSS) greatly expands the performance of the platform, providing you with the ability to store large objects (files as large as eight terabytes), and large numbers of objects, without degrading system performance. In addition, NetWare 5 supports the Winsock 2 API, SSL v.3 security protocol and LDAP, and includes ActiveX and JavaBeans components for accessing network services from 32-bit Windows clients.

Additionally, Novell is developing partnerships with both hardware and software vendors to create cluster-enabled solutions for NetWare 5 and other network platforms. For example, the first product derived from Novell's Wolf Mountain clustering technology, code-named Orion, enables up to 16 multi-processor servers to work together as a single system for easier network management and faster resource access.

NDS: The Developer's Directory. For your customers, the services surrounding your application, such as manageability, security, and transaction capabilities, are as important to them as speed or ease of development is to you. By offering developers the industry's richest infrastructure-level foundation, Novell enables you to focus on your application's business logic instead of its foundation.

LDAP-compliant NDS is the core services engine of Open Solutions Architecture, and offers everything you need to build robust and manageable applications that are directory-enabled and platform-independent. Access the features of NDS that make it the advanced global, distributed, replicated, and partitioned directory service for over 24 million users worldwide:

  • Storage

  • Schema

  • Naming

  • Entry management

  • Relationship management

  • NDS personalities

  • Local event services

  • Authentication

  • Authorization

Use NDS to integrate your applications with every widely used platform, directory access protocol (such as LDAP, ADSI, JNDI, DNS), back-end name resolution or directory service. And DeveloperNet resources and support will make it easy to add network services to your applications for millions of users of intraNetWare and NetWare along with those who use Windows NT Server, IBM RS/6000 and S/390 systems, HP-UX, Sun Solaris, SCO UnixWare and others. For more information, see

Novell BorderManager. BorderManager, Novell's newest Internet product, is the industry's first integrated family of directory-based network services that manages, secures, and accelerates user access to information at every network border. Through tight integration with NDS, BorderManager decreases the cost of managing intranets while safely extending business networks out to the Internet.

BorderManager FastCache is the latest offering in the Novell BorderManager product line. As reported by the independent testing authority Mindcraft, Inc., BorderManager FastCache processes 4,055 hits per second or 350 million hits per day on a single Intel Pentium II processor. BorderManager FastCache increases the responsiveness and capacity of any NT, NetWare, or UNIX Web server. In fact, BorderManager FastCache, according to Mindcraft, scales a Sun UNIX Web server more than 700 percent. For more information, see

Along with NDS and NetWare 5, the BorderManager family of products further demonstrates that Novell is squarely focused on IP and the Internet, offering object-oriented network services that can be integrated using Open Solutions Architecture. For more information, see

GroupWise Collaboration Tools. The GroupWise 5 SDK enables you to extend the capabilities of GroupWise and develop your own message-enabled applications. The SDK includes sample source code for standard GroupWise components and objects via the OLE-automated GroupWise Object API. The GroupWise SDK also delivers an Administration API which gives vendors and administrators the ability to perform specific GroupWise administrative actions within an OLE Automated/ActiveX application environment.

GroupWise 5 APIs provide both client and server access via a wide range of development tools opening high-end workgroup computing interfaces and access methods for all developers. You can access these components and services through a number of standard tools and access methods including COM, OLE Automation, DDE, OCX/ActiveX, C/C++, Java, and CGI.

The GroupWise 5 SDK HTTP (through GroupWise WebAccess), MAPI, ODMA, DDE and ActiveX controls. You can also create a Custom 3rd-Party Object (C3PO) to extend GroupWise 5.2 functions. You can use the SDK to enhance an application's handling of GroupWise 5.2 events, such as application startup and shutdown, and delivery of messages. Novell has added Java functionality to GroupWise WebAccess that allows the Internet or intranets to become extensions of your customer's messaging system and includes support for Java applications at both the client and server level. For more information, see

ManageWise Solutions. ManageWise lets customers successfully manage and control their entire network, including servers, network traffic, desktops, users, and applications. ManageWise enables easy management of NetWare and Windows NT servers, analysis of network traffic, network inventory, software distribution, remote administration of desktops (including Windows NT Workstation), protection against viruses, and network health reports all from a single point of administration.

ManageWise 2.5 provides detailed reports on critical network and server statistics by combining inventory and topology databases with data from NDS to create a unified database that can be viewed, modified, and queried from the ManageWise console. ManageWise consolidates the tracking of network assets using NDS, and through autodiscovery capabilities that build topology maps and inventory hardware and software on the network.

The next release of ManageWise will incorporate Java to allow network managers to access information through ManageWise on any standard web browser. Using Open Solutions Architecture, you can build Java applets for ManageWise to increase administrative flexibility and reduce network cost of ownership for your customers. For more information, see

DeveloperNet: Net Value for Your Solutions

At every program level, Novell's DeveloperNet program ensures easy access to technical information and support resources. All program materials are available on the Web or on CD, so you can access needed information when, where, and how you prefer. You'll have quick access to Novell's beta and shipping products, Software Development Kits (SDKs), Driver Development Kits (DDKs), testing and certification and access to the industry's most comprehensive range of open tools and interfaces, training and documentation, sample code, and programming-level technical support options.

Whether you are developing hardware devices or software to the NetWare platform, GroupWise, ManageWise, other Novell products even Windows NT Server and UNIX environments that need true global directory functionality subscribing to DeveloperNet speeds and simplifies your development process.

Whether you need no-charge Electronic access or the business-critical resource and support options of a Professional, Enterprise, Partner, or Strategic subscription, there is a DeveloperNet subscription that offers the right balance of resources, information, development, and testing support for your business.

Novell Software Evaluation Library (NSEL). The Novell Software Connection Library provides paid DeveloperNet subscribers with all of Novell's major software on a single set of CDs. It includes shipping products, such as BorderManager, intraNetWare, GroupWise and ManageWise, plus Early Access Release and beta products, such as NDS for NT, NetWare 5, and many others.

DeveloperNet Essentials CD. Professional and above subscribers receive DeveloperNet Essentials CDs an important resource that provides you with the latest SDKs, along with programming resources, white papers, technical information documents, and useable sample code from DeveloperNet engineers.

DeveloperNet Labs SDKs and DDKs. Hardware developers integrating their products into today's distributed networks look to Novell to provide their solutions with the highest performance and availability. You will receive hardware development and certification SDK and DDK CDs important resources for integrating hardware and verifying its compatibility. The kits include hardware driver sample code and the industry's most robust testing software from DeveloperNet engineers.

Developer Information and Training. All DeveloperNet subscriptions include up-to-date Novell resources, such as DeveloperNet Connections, the online newsletter for late-breaking information about Novell's products, programs, directions and initiatives. Developer Notes, Novell's technical journal, is available either online or by CD, depending on your subscription. Included for all subscribers either electronically or by printed version, Novell AppNotes is Novell's monthly technical journal for network design, implementation, administration, and integration. In addition, there are DeveloperNet-sponsored training workshops in your area on NDS and Java, as well as other Novell products. These intensive, useful workshops are free or offered at nominal cost, depending on your subscription level.

Co-Marketing Opportunities with Novell. Yes certification is the baseline for co-marketing products with Novell. Novell's strategy of offering customers the integrated solutions they need means a large installed base for developer partners whose Yes, Tested and Approved solutions make the grade. That's a ready-made, growing market of over 4 million servers and more than 77 million users in 90 countries, at last count. For more information, see regarding co-marketing opportunities with Novell at

DeveloperNet Labs and Yes, Tested and Approved Certification. DeveloperNet Labs is Novell's first line of interoperability assurance for Novell customers. Certifying your product through DeveloperNet Labs for delivery as a Novell Yes, Tested and Approved product will make it even more visible and valuable to your customers. Certification programs are available for the entire range of software (applications or drivers), hardware devices, and complete computer systems.

DeveloperNet Supports You. For quick answers, over half of all support questions can be answered by searching DeveloperNet's Technical Information Documents (TIDs) on the World Wide Web. And when you need timely, specific responses to your development issues, simply use DeveloperNet electronic forms to file incident reports with the appropriate group of DeveloperNet engineers by fax or E-mail. And options for additional live support let you tailor your need for assistance in the way that's best for your business.

DeveloperNet News Forums. Discover an extensive set of forums on topics, such as NetWare 3.x, Java, C/C++, ActiveX, and many others. Our engineers monitor and respond to inquiries on supported forums. You might even find DeveloperNet engineers on peer-supported forums that hold interest for them personally. Even in forums without direct Novell participation, posting questions and responses for other developers can help you gauge interest in a particular topic and assist you in determining technical and market directions.

Novell Support Connection. This valuable CD contains downloadable files, updates, patches and drivers to help resolve technical support issues, as well as TIDs with the most current support information from Novell support engineers. You'll find DeveloperNet Labs' certification bulletins providing details of products tested and certified by Novell. Stay current with Novell AppNotes and The Groupware Professional's Guide, which focuses specifically on groupware.

Stay Ahead of Technology Waves . . .Join DeveloperNet Today

The value of DeveloperNet programs is in helping you build better applications, reduce support costs, and increase product sales. With your choice of five subscription levels and program options, you gain easy, cost-effective access to the industry's most complete palette of standards-based development resources, information, educational materials, partnering, and co-marketing opportunities.

Subscribe online today at or call the DeveloperNet fulfillment center nearest you.

* Originally published in Novell AppNotes


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