Today at the 2001 Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple announced that
WebObjects, its application server for Web publishing and enterprise application development, has been revved to version 5.
WebObjects 5, which packs innovative tools to enable users to develop sophisticated and scalable Web applications that can be deployed on virtually any Java-compatible server, now includes Mac OS X and Windows 2000 Professional among its qualified development platforms. WebObjects applications are designed to be deployed on the Java 2 platform, Standard Edition 1.3 runtime environment using JDBC 2.0 for database access. Qualified deployment platforms include Mac OS X Server v10, Solaris 8, and Windows 2000 Professional.
WebObjects 5 provides a suite of tools and object-oriented frameworks that let users develop and deploy scalable, reusable Web and Java applications. Because it uses a pure Java runtime, its application can easily interact with other Java applications, according to Apple. In addition, WebObjects makes it easy for developers to write as much of their application as they wish using standard J2SE APIs, then integrate that code into a complete WebObjects application, the company adds.
Developers can build database applications with WebObjects that have either HTML or Java interfaces, depending on their needs. Included are the code-free Direct to Web and Direct to Java Client technologies that use assistants, pre-configured templates, and dynamically generated user interfaces to generate Java client interfaces.
“WebObjects has always provided the most advanced tools and frameworks for building powerful Web applications, now that power enables customers to build the most complete Java server solutions too,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in a statement.
According to Apple, WebObjects 5 features:
Automated data access and object persistence through Enterprise Objects technology;
Easy, streamlined Web-page generation leveraging templates and a library of reusable components;
Full support for XML ensuring full interoperability with existing XML-based solutions;
Scalable deployment services for workgroup through enterprise level solutions; and
Integrated development and deployment tools such as Project Builder for project coordination, Direct to Web and Direct to Java for three-tier web and Java applications, Enterprise Object Modeler for database modeling and WebObjects Builder to simplify the design of HTML interfaces.
Because of its object-oriented design, WebObjects enables developers to leverage a broad range of reusable system and third-party components, as well as create their own corporate component library. For added functionality, you can take advantage of the ObjectWare frameworks and consulting services available from Apple iServices, the company’s training and professional services organization. iServices offers basic and advanced training courses on WebObjects 5 programming and administration. Apple iServices also has a team of consultants to help customers design and develop custom WebObjects 5 applications. For more information, cruise on over to the
iServices Web site.
WebObjects 5 is available now through the online
Apple Store, at Apple’s retail stores, and through Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of US$699.
As we reported earlier,
WebObjects is up for “Best Application Server”
in the Java Developer Journal’s “Reader’s Choice” Awards, which ends on May 31. What we couldn’t tell you before is that it’s version 5 that’s up for the honors. WebObjects has won this award for the last two years. If you’re a WebObjects user and want to make it a triple crown, you can cast your vote at the
WebObjects voting page.