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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ROASTER TECHNOLOGIES AND OPENLINK SOFTWARE - A 100% PURE JAVA JDBC ALLIANCE!

CONTACT:
Roaster Technologies, Inc.
Judith Wachs, Manager, Press and Public Relations
617.876.7680 x1818
e/m:judith@roaster.com

OpenLink Software, Inc.
Helen Heward-Mills
617.273-0900
e/m: hmills@openlinksw.com

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 3, 1997 - Roaster Technologies, creators of
Roaster(tm), the flagship Macintosh Integrated Development Environment for
Java, today announced an agreement to license Type 3 100% Pure Java JDBC
(Java Data Base Connectivity) drivers from OpenLink Software for inclusion
in all versions of Roaster. The eagerly awaited upcoming release, Roaster
Release 3, will include OpenLink software, thus immediately enabling
Macintosh developers to start creating applets or applications that access
ODBC compliant databases.

This is the first opportunity for Macintosh users to utilize Java Database
Connectivity in their programming efforts. The inclusion of the JDBC
drivers on Roaster Release 3 thereby gives dramatic impetus toward
application development using Java on the Macintosh.

Roaster will also ship with a specially compiled Java class library
(provided by OpenLink Software) for Netscape Navigator that will allow
Navigator to become "JDBC aware." Therefore, in addition to creating
JDBC-compliant applications from within Roaster, users will be able to run
JDBC-compliant applets from within Navigator.

John Dhabolt, President and CEO of Roaster Technologies was delighted that
these opportunities came 'just in time' for the new release. "Although the
inclusion and incorporation of these drivers did, in fact, delay our
release of Roaster Release 3, we are confident that these additions will
prove well worth the wait. Release 3 will include all of the client-side
Java software necessary to establish Native, or ODBC based connections from
JDBC compliant applications or applets developed within Roaster. In fact,
as soon as Roaster Release 3 is installed on their Macintosh, a developer
with an internet connection can double-click on the stand-alone JDBC test
application that was written in Roaster to see a live connection!"

"We are very excited about this joint venture," said Kingsley Idehen,
President & CEO of OpenLink Software. "Ease of installation and integration
allowed the company to incorporate our technology quickly and effectively
-- within two weeks upon developing this alliance. Roaster's development of
a solution which provides high performance access to corporate, Intranet,
and Internet data sources will be dramatically enhanced by the inclusion of
OpenLink JDBC drivers and WebSQL Java Classes."

For more technical information on the Roaster and OpenLink Software joint
technology, please go to http://www.roaster.com/ and
http://www.openlinksw.com/.

The release of Roaster Release 3 and further special additions will be
announced in a few days.

About Roaster(tm) and Roaster Technologies, Inc.

Roaster is a product of Roaster Technologies, Inc. (a recent spin-off of
Natural Intelligence, Inc.). The company is dedicated to providing software
products targeted to Java developers. Its first product, Roaster, the
pioneering Integrated Development Environment for Java on the Macintosh,
has received high praise from industry press, and was a finalist in the
1997 Macworld World Class Award competition. More information about Roaster
Technologies can be received from info@roaster.com, or found on the World
Wide Web at http://www.roaster.com/.

About OpenLink Software, Inc.

OpenLink Software, of Burlington, Massachusetts is an international
software company specializing in the development and deployment of secure,
high-performance database connectivity software independent of operating
system, network protocol, and underlying database engine. Its technologies
adhere to key industry data access standards, such as, Java Database
Connectivity (JDBC), Open Database Connectivity, (ODBC), and Universal
Database Connectivity (UDBC). Additional information on OpenLink Software
can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.openlinksw.com/.

OpenLink is a trademark of OpenLink Software. Roaster is a trademark of
Natural Intelligence, Inc. All other company and product names may be
trademarks of their respective companies.

 
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