After the news of a Java API due out shortly for the process industries (C&I, December 1996, page 7), Sun Microsystems has now gone much further. Last month it launched the JavaBeans development kit.
JavaBeans is the component extension to the Java net language. It means that developers can now build Java-based components (Beans – re-usable modules of software written for one application, but embeddable in any other) without specifying the object component environment.
It extends Java’s `write once, run everywhere’ formula to re-usable components. Sun says that there’s access to Microsoft’s COM/ActiveX, Apple/IBM OpenDoc and Netscape’s LiveConnect.
JavaBeans is the first to offer this level of independence. It brings Java to enterprise systems.
The Beans Development Kit is available in Beta over the Internet (http://java.sun.com.beans).