Trying to seed the market for its directory server software, Netscape Communications has announced plans to release at no charge the source code for its central directory development kit and administration console.
Netscape will provide developers with the necessary application programming interfaces, documentation, sample code and tools to wire an application to a general-purpose central directory that supports the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol.
That will eliminate the need for proprietary directories for each application to describe what users can do on the system.
“The proliferation of directories out there is driving users nuts,” says Jamie Lewis, president of The Burton Group, a consultancy in Midvale, Utah. “For anybody who’s writing directory-enabled applications, this would be worth looking at, because this will save them a lot of time and effort, and that translates to money.”
Netscape also plans to provide tools that will let developers build administration capabilities into their applications, so they can add or delete users and modify attributes from a central place.
Source code for the Directory Software Developer’s Kit will be available in the third quarter. The Mission Control administration console developer’s kit is targeted for fourth-quarter release via Netscape’s www.mozilla.org World Wide Web site.