Software and tools due soon for developers

Stand by for a raft of launches from Microsoft. The company told Sys.Build to expect Visual Basic 5.0, Visual C++ 5.0, Visual J++ 1.1 and Visual FoxPro 5.0 – and more. Developers’ Days are scheduled in London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Dublin. Also, Microsoft’s Advanced Data Connector v1.0 is now available free from the Web site. […]

Stand by for a raft of launches from Microsoft. The company told Sys.Build to expect Visual Basic 5.0, Visual C++ 5.0, Visual J++ 1.1 and Visual FoxPro 5.0 – and more. Developers’ Days are scheduled in London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Dublin.

Also, Microsoft’s Advanced Data Connector v1.0 is now available free from the Web site. Microsoft says it’ll change Web application design by delivering a new data access technology. ADC links databases on Web servers with controls in ActiveX for Internet Explorer. By providing dynamic links between browser, application server and database, you get full interaction with databases over the Internet.

* Microsoft has released Script Debugger for Internet Explorer in beta. It lets you debug HTML pages activated with JScript (Microsoft’s JavaScript) or VBScript. And, for those on Macs, Internet Explorer v3.0 for Mac is now out. It runs in just 4Mb; download it from www.microsoft.com/ie/mac/

* Microsoft’s SDK for Java, launched on October 15 last year, has notched 50,000 downloads (www.microsoft.com/java/sdk/)

* Intel, Microsoft and Toshiba have now published an open spec for flexible power management. Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) v1.0 lets you leave PCs to run automated tasks even when switched off.