Web Development Briefs: Corel, J2EE, BEA

Web Development Briefs: Corel, J2EE, BEA

Corel buys Micrografx

Corel is set to acquire graphics software developer Micrografx in an all-stock transaction valued at $US32 million.

Corel spent the past few years battling management changes, lay-offs, losses and a murky business strategy.

In January, the company said it would spin off its Linux division and refocus on its graphics products. Corel said, at the time, its priorities include extending its graphics software to meet the needs of Web developers. Last week, Corel said the Micrografx acquisition will further that goal.

New J2EE available

Sun Microsystems's latest version of Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and version 1.3 beta 2 is available for download.

The newest version of the Java-based programming environment for enterprise applications includes a new specification for Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB). EJBs define standards on how certain server applications should be written and are intended to make it faster for developers to write those applications.

Last month, at Sun's JavaOne conference, the company said support for Java among corporate software vendors continues to grow. Sun said that in less than a year, the number of third-party products to pass Sun's J2EE test suite had gone from one to 18.

New logic at BEA

Taking aim at rival IBM, BEA Systems will roll out a bolstered version of its WebLogic integration and application servers later this month.

Version 2.0 will feature J2EE connector architecture, enabling users to connect legacy software, such as accounting, to mainframes. Ideally, this allows applications to "plug and play" with each other, instead of having to purchase a separate enterprise application integration product from suppliers such as webMethods and Tibco.

The connector architecture is currently unidirectional, BEA says it will release a bi-directional version in coming months.

The integration server will run on top of the WebLogic application server, also out in July.

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