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VNU Net: Inprise/Borland unveils ecommerce strategy

Jul 13, 2000, 14:23 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Geralds)

By John Geralds, VNU Net

Inprise/Borland, which recently abandoned attempts to merge with Corel, is refocusing from its traditional development language market to the more lucrative ecommerce software arena.

At its annual developers conference this week, the company rolled out its Ecommerce Framework Solution, a set of software and consulting services aimed at helping small to mid-sized businesses set up ecommerce websites.

Written in Java, the application includes a firewall broker to manage security, a partition service for handling multiple clients from a single hosting facility, and a service that automatically loads correct languages. A cart facility provides temporary storage of shopping items while a membership service manages log-ins and user preferences.

Kevin Cornell, Inprise/Borland's vice president and general manager, said: "The extendible framework provides all common services, and offers the ability to adapt to changing ecommerce needs without rendering obsolete the functioning application."

The company also announced that it will make available a version of its JBuilder Java development environment for Apple's next-generation operating system, Mac OS X. It will also support the Java 2 Platform Standard Edition.

Inprise/Borland will also include support for applications based on the open source Apache Server in its forthcoming Linux developer toolset, codenamed Kylix. The toolset is scheduled to be available later this year, and will be aimed at creating applications for Windows and Linux.

The company had planned to merge with struggling Canadian software firm Corel to create a 'Linux powerhouse', but the deal was called off in May as Corel tried to resolve its financial troubles.

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