Netscape unveils Visual JavaScript

Netscape has announced Visual JavaScript, a development tool designed to simplify the building of intranet and extranet applications. Formerly called Palomar, the tool features a point-and-click interface that lets users drag and drop software components written in Java, JavaScript or Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) to build applications that work across networks.

Netscape has announced Visual JavaScript, a development tool designed to simplify the building of intranet and extranet applications.

Visual JavaScript (formerly called Palomar) features a point-and-click interface that lets users drag and drop software components written in Java, JavaScript or Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) to build applications that work across networks.

Developers start by creating a World Wide Web page in HTML and then add prebuilt HTML, JavaScript or JavaBeans elements from the software's Component Palette, the company says. Visual JavaScript also includes Inspector and Connections Builder features that allow developers to set properties and make connections between them.

The product is part of Netscape's Crossware initiative, "crossware" being a term that Netscape has coined to describe software applications that can be deployed across a number of operating systems, hardware platforms and network interfaces.

Visual JavaScript can connect to a variety of relational databases and also supports the Object Management Group's CORBA (Common Object Request Broker Architecture) services through the Internet InterOrb Protocol (IIOP) as well as the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).

The tool was written entirely in Java and will be available on a range of platforms including Windows 95, Windows NT, Macintosh and major varieties of Unix, the company said.

A preview release of the software will be available to on the Netscape home page (http://www.netscape.com/) next week, but the software will not go into production until the end of 1997 at an expected street price of US$495.

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