Apple Delivers WebObjects 4.5
Leading Application Server Features Faster Web Development with New
WebObjects Builder Interface and Direct to Java Client Technology
CUPERTINO, California-March 1, 2000-Apple today announced immediate
availability of WebObjects 4.5, an enhanced version of the world’s leading
application server software used to develop and deploy enterprise-level
network applications for Internet, intranet, extranet and e-commerce web
WebObjects 4.5 remains the most comprehensive application server on the
market with new tools, technologies and capabilities that increase its ease
of use, reduce web application development time and can improve performance
by more than 50 percent.
“WebObjects is the application server platform of choice because of its
reliable, mature and comprehensive environment,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s
CEO. “Now customers can create the world’s most powerful web sites faster
than ever before with WebObjects’ new WebObjects Builder interface and
Direct to Java Client technology.”
WebObjects is an open and flexible, standards-compliant application server
that is ideal for developing Java applications. It has an object-oriented
architecture that promotes quick development of reusable components.
WebObjects provides scalability, load balancing and fault-tolerant
capabilities for multi-threaded applications running across multiple CPUs
that support high transaction volumes.
New features in WebObjects 4.5 include:
* Integrated XML support, using IBM’s alphaWorks parser, enabling
developers to easily build applications that exchange data with other
XML-based application systems;
* A user interface for the WebObjects Builder with features that shorten
development time and help new developers learn WebObjects even faster;
* Built-in application profiling tools that allow WebObjects applications
to dynamically monitor execution environments, which can improve
performance by at least 50 percent;
* A back-end LDAP adaptor that enables developers to authenticate users
against LDAP servers or build asset management applications that can easily
talk to directory services; and
* A new Direct to Java Client technology which completely automates the
process of creating rich, 100 percent Pure Java clients for accessing
databases over the Internet.
WebObjects 4.5 builds on the stellar productivity and performance
capabilities of the platform’s previous release and it expands the
requirements for standard application server software. WebObjects 4.5 also
lays the foundation for future releases which will contain even more
support for Java and other value-added standards and platforms, including
EJB (Enterprise Java Beans).
Availability, Pricing and System Requirements
WebObjects 4.5 is currently available through The Apple Store
(www.apple.com) and via Apple’s regional sales offices. For additional
information call 1-800-848-6398.
WebObjects is priced at US$1,499 per seat for the developer edition, which
includes licenses to deploy limited performance servers. Customer
deployment prices range from US$7,500 to US$50,000 per server, depending on
the number of connections associated with a deployment license.
WebObjects 4.5 is a fully cross-platform solution available for Windows
NT/2000, Solaris, HP-UX, Mac OS X Server and now, for HP-UX 11 systems.
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