"Keep Java pure" is the message behind Sun Microsystems' 100% Pure Java initiative which has already won support from 100 developers but will lock out programs such as Visual J++. The move is an attempt on behalf of the Californian firm to maintain integrity of Java code and build awareness.
At the Internet World conference in New York this week, Sun's subsidiary JavaSoft is telling supporters including IBM, Oracle and Netscape that Java code written by developers must meet around 5,000 criteria before it can carry Sun's logo and qualify as 100 per cent pure. The requirements will ensure applets run on any Java-compatible Virtual Machine, said JavaSoft. It will also mean Microsoft's 'impure' Windows-only version of Java will not qualify for Sun's logo.
Separately, Sun said it will release a beta of its JavaBeans development kit which can be downloaded from next Monday. Final versions will be available from the second quarter of next year. Sun also announced a new Java Web server, Java Network Computer (NC) and Java Server Toolkit, which will all start to ship early next year.
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