Borland has said it will make a beta version of its Java development tool openly available by the end of the year, and ship the product early in 1997. The firm said it also will ditch the industry practice of awful Java puns by dropping the Latte codename in favour of Open JBuilder for the product's release.
The product will take loss-making Borland into direct competition with Microsoft's J++ and Symantec's Café, which recently won a key endorsement from Netscape. Borland said Open JBuilder will offer visual programming tools based on the Java Beans reusable component architecture and scalable database connectivity through InterClient, a toolkit for intra-net development. The beta release will be available from the firm's Web site by December 31.
"Our partnerships with JavaSoft, Netscape and Microsoft ensure support for the latest Java-related technologies and allow developers maximum flexibility and choice when developing and deploying Java applications," said Michael Greenbaum, vice president of worldwide marketing.
Pricing is yet to be determined.
Borland can be contacted by telephone on 01734-320022.