March 24, 1998 3:30 PM PST

Sybase brews Java plans

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Sybase (SYBS) isn't planning to miss the Java train.

At JavaOne today, the company laid out plans for a handful of Java-related features and tools expected to ship in the next few months.

The company also said today it plans to ship a Java version of its DataWindow, a database access tool that's a key part of its flagship PowerBuilder tool. No time frame for delivery has been set, and the company declined to disclose specifics. But a Java-enabled DataWindow might be crucial to Sybase keeping its substantial installed base of software developers, weaned on DataWindow and PowerBuilder, as they make the jump to Java.

Sybase said version 2.1 of its Java development tool, PowerJ, is expected to ship within 30 days. The tool makes it easier to develop and debug multitier applications and includes new wizards that automate the building of JavaBeans.

The company also is beta testing a new PowerBuilder tool, the JavaBeans proxy generator. The tool lets Java client applications link to middle-tier PowerBuilder applications. The tool is expected to ship within 30 days.

Joining most other server software companies, Sybase today said it will support Sun Microsystems' Enterprise JavaBeans 1.0 specification. Sybase will add the support by year's end to future versions of PowerJ and to Jaguar CTS, the company's component transaction server.

Finally, Sybase said Adaptive Server Anywhere, the company's database for mobile applications, has entered a second round of beta testing. The database includes built-in support for Java business logic and data objects. Shipment is expected by mid-year.


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