Sun to order Java Beans for ordinary people

Sun will announce a forthcoming beta version of a Java Beans development tool at the JavaOne show next month in San Francisco.

Sun will announce a forthcoming beta version of a Java Beans development tool at the JavaOne show next month in San Francisco. Code-named Project Studio, it enables nonprogrammers to create applications using Java Beans components.

Project Studio, which was demonstrated at the Spring Internet World '97 trade show in Los Angeles earlier this month, will be released in beta form by the end of April. It will ship next quarter using the name JavaStudio.

JavaStudio will be licensed to third parties and sold to consumers for US$99 through retail channels, according to sources at Sun who requested anonymity.

Novell will announce this week at its annual users conference, BrainShare, in Salt Lake City, that it will become the first company to license Project Studio, sources at Sun say.

JavaStudio will let end-users create custom applications using Java Beans, which are reusable software components. JavaStudio targets nondevelopers, who might want to build short-lived custom applications for specific projects.

JavaStudio will guide users through the component-assembling process, instructing them on how, and if, various Java Beans will work together within a desired application, according to Sun sources.

"This is Java for the rest of us," one Sun official says. "It's smart enough to tell you when you can and can't do something."

Sun can be reached at http://www.sun.com.

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