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Novell Delivers Java for IntranetWare

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01 Jan 1997

Novell Delivers Java for IntranetWare

In December, Novell began shipping the IntranetWare Software Development Kit (SDK) for Java, enabling developers to build and execute Java applications on the high-performance IntranetWare and NetWare 4.1x platforms. Novell is also partnering with Sun Microsystems to develop open application programming interfaces (APIs) to network services such as global directory services. These development technologies are the first results of Novell's broad alliance with Sun to facilitate the creation and execution of directory-enabled Java applications on any platform, extending the reach of Java's "write once, run anywhere" capability.

"Novell is committed to easing development to IntranetWare and NetWare by providing an open, industry-standard development environment, ideal for building client/server and client/network applications," said Gary Mueller, vice president of Novell Developer Services. "Standard APIs to network services and the IntranetWare SDK for Java will enable the exponentially-growing number of Java developers to quickly and easily build network-aware solutions for Novell's installed base of 60 million users. Companies can then leverage their existing investments in IntranetWare and NetWare to evolve their corporate networks into intranets."

"Java developers will find the SDK and access to cross-platform network services immediately useful for creating directory-enabled applications," said Lew Tucker, director of ISV and corporate relations at JavaSoft, a business unit of Sun Microsystems, Inc. "As Java applets and applications proliferate, platform-independent directory services will allow developers to incorporate important intranet capabilities such as naming, access rights and security."

"Compaq customers are telling us the IntranetWare SDK for Java is exactly what they have been looking for from Novell," said Ronnie Ward, vice president and general manager of Compaq's Enterprise Solutions Division. "As the leading hardware server vendor, Compaq is working closely with Novell to ensure the combination of IntranetWare and ProLiant servers is the very best platform for new server-based Java applications."

"Everything we've seen of the IntranetWare SDK for Java has been favorable," said Don Ramsey, network specialist for the Kettering Medical Center. "We have been developing Web-based applications using HTML, but we think we can do it better with the IntranetWare

SDK for Java. Novell Directory Services (NDS) in Java applications will be very important to us, because it is key to our development of query applications for our physician referral network."

IntranetWare SDK for Java

The IntranetWare SDK for Java, to be delivered December 30, will include the following elements:

  • Java Virtual Machine (JVM) as a series of NetWare Loadable Modules (NLMs)-allows Java applications to be executed on IntranetWare and NetWare 4.1 and above

  • Alpha version of Just-in-Time (JIT) compiler-speeds execution of Java applications by optimizing byte code to machine code compilation

  • Graphical User Interface (GUI) for IntranetWare-enables graphical applications to run directly on the server

  • Java Developer Kit (JDK) 1.0.2 Java class libraries-contains the core APIs which provides the base set of functionality for the development of Web-based solutions (JDK 1.1 support will be available when released by JavaSoft)

The JVM and JIT Compiler will be included with future versions of IntranetWare.

Standard APIs to Network Services

Standard, open APIs to network services will allow Java developers to leverage attributes of directory services, such as naming, access rights and security, in their application development for any platform. These elements will be increasingly advantageous in intranet environments, as the ability to name, locate, manage and secure objects becomes essential. The cross-platform APIs to network services will be available in 1997. In the interim, Novell will make available the alpha version of IntranetWare-specific class libraries for Java to developers of solutions for its current installed base.

The class libraries enable developers of Java applications for IntranetWare and NetWare to access Novell network services, including NDS, so they can build directory-enabled network applications for business intranets. Novell will ship the IntranetWare-specific class libraries in the first half of 1997.

Novell is providing the IntranetWare SDK for Java and IntranetWare class libraries as part of Novell's DeveloperNet 2000 Initiative, giving developers the flexibility to build network-aware applications for the Internet and business intranets by using the development tools of their choice. Through DeveloperNet 2000, Novell is committed to making its network services accessible to Java, Scripting, RAD Components and C.

In addition, and as previously announced, Novell has licensed Sun's Java Workshop Development Environment for IntranetWare, providing developers with a complete set of Java development tools to create Internet applications and Web pages. Java Workshop will be available to subscribers in Novell's DeveloperNet Program.


Developers will be able to download the IntranetWare SDK for Java free of charge from the World Wide Web on December 30.

Until then, the beta version of the SDK is available at Developers can access the IntranetWare SDK for Java and other SDKs and tools at no cost by joining the DeveloperNet Electronic subscription level. DeveloperNet is Novell's subscription program that delivers all the APIs, code, documentation and support needed for developing to Novell's products. For more information on Novell's DeveloperNet Program, call DeveloperNet at 1-800-REDWORD (1-800-733-9673) or 1-801-861-5281.

* Originally published in Novell AppNotes


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