Hewlett-Packard plans later this year to release a package of development tools that will allow users to write Internet applications on either Windows NT or Unix workstations and deploy them in cross-platform environments.
Called HP Domain Foundation Tools, the cross-platform offering will allow developers to write applications in C, C++ and Java. HP said users may develop electronic commerce, supply chain management and online customer support applications among others using its new tools.
The company also will offer FoundationWare, a set of middleware products and technologies for deploying Internet applications across corporate networks. FoundationWare couples standard Internet APIs (application programming interfaces) with Netscape Communications' directory server software and Orbix, Iona Software's Object Request Broker, HP says.
Orbix provides a framework for creating and deploying object-oriented applications across a network, and is designed to allow interoperability between components written in a wide range of languages and running on virtually any operating system.
The Foundation Tools architecture will support Intel's forthcoming IA-64 architecture, meaning applications will run on systems powered by Intel's 64-bit processor, which is due late next year, HP says.
Foundation Tools includes the following:
-- HP OpenStudio, which includes Windows NT-based development tools used with Microsoft's Visual C++ to create UNIX system applications;
-- FoundationWizards, designed to provide developers with fill-in templates that make it easier to use the Internet middleware technologies in FoundationWare;
-- Software developer kits for FoundationWare from various industry-leading vendors; and
-- HP-UX edition of JavaWorkshop by Sun Microsystems,Version 2.0, which offers tools to create Java language-based applications.
To complement today's announcements, HP said it plans to extend its Developer's Edge program for partners that provide products and technologies for HP 9000 Enterprise Servers.
Pricing for HP Foundation Tools starts at US$95, while FoundationWare will be shipped worldwide with HP-UX free of charge, HP said. The products are both due to be available by the fourth quarter of 1998.
HP, in Palo Alto, California, can be reached at http://www.hp.com/.