Original Java creators to release own products in third quarter

Marimba, formed in February by four members of the original Java development team at Sun Microsystems, is seeking alpha testers for its first line of Java-related products.

Marimba plans in the third quarter to deliver technologies for deploying Java applications, the company announced on Wednesday. Marimba is soliciting alpha testers on its Web site, but it's keeping details about the software secret.

Sun apparently is all for the new enterprise.

"Sun is excited about the role that Marimba will play to advance Java as an open, platform-independent programming language for the Internet and beyond," says Eric Schmidt, chief technical officer at Sun, in a statement.

Marimba's founders include Kim Polese, Arthur van Hoff, Jonathan Payne and Sami Shaio.

Marimba was created to "dramatically" improve the experiences of developers and end-users by better integrating the Java programming language and the Web, says Polese, who played a pivotal role in conceiving and marketing the Internet strategy for Java while at Sun.

Van Hoff was the co-architect of Sun's HotJava browser and created the Java compiler, applet API and critical components of the Java run-time environment.

Shaio created the security model and the abstract window tool-kit for Java.

Payne, who joined the Java team in 1992, was the co-architect of HotJava and implemented the ESPN SportsZone service while at Starwave in 1995.

Marimba, in San Francisco, can be reached at http://www.marimba.com/.

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