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Product: FastfilePro 5000 and 9000 - Data access servers (from $37,500)
Company: Falcon Systems Inc. (Sacramento, CA)
Telephone: (800) 782-2330
Fax: (916) 641-7204
E-mail: info@falcons.com
URL: http://www.falcons.com
Platforms: NFS/UNIX, Windows NT, Windows 95
Description: Two data access servers that deliver scalable network storage solutions. A hardware-based RAID architecture, the AerREAL operating system and the SMB protocol contribute to reliable and simultaneous file access for heterogeneous workgroups (NFS/UNIX, WindowsNT, Windows 95 and HTTP read-only clients) that vary in size and complexity. The FastfilePro 5000 is a departmental server designed for smaller workgroups that seek to improve local file-access time while eliminating the bottlenecks of companywide network access. It contains 64 MB of standard RAM that can be upgraded to high and low-end access needs. The 9000 model is an enterprise-level server designed for the high-volume, file-access demands of larger departmental groups that require network speed and mission-critical reliability for up to hundreds of clients. Powered with the 200 MHz PentiumPro microprocessor, the FastfilePro 9000 can be configured with up to 3.1 terabytes (TB) of addressable disk storage in a RAID 0 format.

Product: GLA-2100GE - gigabit link analyzer ($25,700)
Company: Finisar Corp. (Mountain View, CA)
Telephone: (415) 691-4000
E-mail: info@finisar.com
URL: http://www.finisar.com
Description: Tests products for conformance to the IEEE 802.3z Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) draft standard. Specifically developed to address the needs of companies developing products for the fast-growing GigE market. Addresses the PMD, PMA and PCS sublayers of Gigabit Ethernet, giving product development engineers the ability to perform conformance testing of these three sublayers. The GLA-2100GE incorporates a 1.25 Gbits/sec interface board; a high-speed send/receive/compare engine; and a Windows 95 based user interface. The user interface software has two key modules: a CodeBuilder and a Viewer. They provide the capability to build, send, receive and analyze all types of Gigabit Ethernet code groups. Includes three kinds of Test Suites: one each for PCS, PMA and PMD sublayers of the Gigabit Ethernet draft standard. They contain about 20 different conformance tests. Each test includes a reference to a specific IEEE 802.3z draft subclause; test methodology; observable results; and a brief discussion. In addition to conformance testing, the GLA is also equipped with a Bit Error Rate Testing (BERT) capability. A pattern of 8B10B codes can be sent and received repeatedly over the Gigabit link and compared bit by bit for errors. Errors are counted and displayed on the PC display as total errors, error-free seconds and error rate.

Product: GY-2120 DTF digital tape drive - For computer data storage and film/video post production ($31,000)
Company: Sony Electronics
Telephone: (888) 4SONY-PC
Description: A high speed/high capacity device based on a derivative of Sony's Digital Betacam technology. The compact, one piece unit provides additional features such as Adaptive Lossless Data Compression (ALDC), automatic alignment, and an intelligent loading system. Provides a high-speed backup combination for mainframe, client/server, and midrange computer systems. Features a sustained transfer rate of 12 MB/sec (up to 20 MB/sec with compression) and storage capacity of up to 42 GB of uncompressed data on a single cassette. The drive also utilizes the high performance ALDC, with an average compression ratio of 2.59:1, enabling the user to store 108 GB on a single cassette. To protect data, the GY-2120 incorporates an automatic tape cleaning system, an internal dust filtering system and a bit error rate of 1 x 10-17. Volume stacking feature allows the end user to partition the 42 GB cassette as many as 256 times, enabling efficient use of each tape. To find files quickly, the drive provides a search speed of 300 MB/sec and a fast unload feature which allows unloading without having to rewind the cassette. It also features a self auto alignment, which allows the technician to perform an automatic alignment on site, with no tools required.

Product: JackRabbit NIC - Gigabit Ethernet network interface card (NIC) ($1,995 for UNIX, $1,495 for Windows NT)
Company: Essential Communications (Albuquerque, NM)
Telephone: (800) 278-7897
Fax: (505) 344-0408
E-mail: info@esscom.com
URL: http://www.esscom.com
Platforms: Digital UNIX, SGI IRIX, Windows NT, IBM AIX, Sun Solaris, Net=
Description: This new Gigabit Ethernet network interface card (NIC) is the first such product to support multiple platforms. The NIC uses Essential's JackRabbit chipset for the PCI-bus, and targets driver support for Digital UNIX, SGI IRIX, Microsoft NT, IBM AIX, Sun Solaris, Net BSD, and VX Works operating systems. The JackRabbit NIC occupies a single PCI slot, and contains a 32-bit RISC processor to keep up with Gigabit Ethernet's high-speed networking traffic without placing a burden on the host system CPU. In addition, Essential's NIC has been tuned at the PCI level to maximize the full-duplex throughput of incoming and outgoing network data.

Product: Lynx - A family of high performance Wireless Bridge products
Company: WaveAccess Inc. (Natick, MA)
Telephone: (508) 653-3646
E-mail: wavxmail@waveaccess.com
URL: http://www.waveaccess.com
Description: A family of high-performance wireless bridge products using unlicensed Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology. Capable of data rates of up to 3.2 Mbps and throughput of up to 2.2 Mbps, the Lynx can link Ethernet LAN at distances up to 24.5 Km (15.3 miles). The Lynx bridge uses the same advanced digital radio technologies and QAM modulation as the Jaguar Wireless LAN. Available in end-user, OEM, or private-label versions, it began field testing in April, 1997. Lynx works in the 2.4 GHz ISM band, the only unlicensed band available worldwide, and represents the latest advancement in FHSS technology. It implements QPSK and QAM modulation techniques, as well as adaptive equalization. Available with a variety of antenna systems for different application environments, Lynx provides full IEEE 802 spanning tree protocol, SNMP management, proxy ARP, and packet filtering for best fit to any networking environment.

Product: Simplicity H.320 Standalone - H.320 videoconferencing solution ($4995.00 to $7495.00)
Company: Paradise Software, Inc. (Jamesburg, NJ)
Telephone: (609) 655-0016
Fax: (609) 655-0045
E-mail: support@paradise.com
URL: http://www.paradise.com
Platforms: Sun SPARCstation or H-P UNIX workstations
Description: A UNIX-based, standards-compliant H.320 videoconferencing solution for Sun SPARCstation or Hewlett-Packard workstations. Uses ISDN connectivity to reach any user via the Public Service Telephone Network. The basic element of this system is a small desktop box which supports the H.320 standard and interoperates over SCSI with its host computer. This H.320 engine is the basis of a complete conferencing subsystem as part of the existing Simplicity system. Using the Simplicity interface, you simply dial from your workstation into any H.320 compliant videoconferencing system. The Simplicity H.320 Standalone system requires the use of a single ISDN BRI connection and supports connectivity at up to 128 kbits/sec with any H.320 compliant videoconferencing system: PC-based, room-based, or another Simplicity H.320 Standalone system. Video frame rates can range anywhere from 5 to 22 frames-per-second based on window size and hardware configuration. Video compression is supported with H.261, with support for G.711, G.722, and G.728 audio.


Product: Cinvert 1.0 - Visual Basic to Java Converter ($59.99)
Company: Black Dirt Software (Goshen, NY)
Telephone: (914) 651-1599
Fax: (914) 651-0015
E-mail: delessc@blackdirt.com
URL: http://www.blackdirt.com
Description: A Visual Basic to Java converter designed with object-oriented technology. This "ever-expanding converter" can be extended and customized by third-party vendors and end users.

Product: CocoBase Lite - Object to database interface for Java Studio
Company: Thought Inc. (San Francisco)
Telephone: (415) 928-4229
URL: http://www.thoughtinc.com
Description: An Object-to-Database interface for Java Studio that avoids having to program directly in JDBC. This product is designed for intranets and is upgradeable to the Enterprise Internet/Extranet version. Sun's Java Studio includes the product to provide Java database access. Features: Use of standard JDBC drivers without requiring end users to program in JDBC; 100% Pure Java Implementation; Upgradeable to products that scale to the enterprise; Light weight implementation (only 60K bytecodes added to apps; and Inclusion of a Free JDBC based Java database with source code. Java Studio customers preserve all of the code that they previously created in Java Studio when migrating to the enterprise version of CocoBase.

Product: The Complete Cat@log Suite 1.0 - builds, operates and maintains online catalog-based storefronts ($4995)
Company: The Vision Factory Inc. (Scotts Valley, CA)
Telephone: (888) 4TVFCAT, (408) 461.2100
Fax: (408) 461.9255
E-mail: info@thevisionfactory.com
URL: http://www.thevisionfactory.com
Description: The Complete Cat@log Suite, Release 1.0 for building, operating and maintaining advanced online catalog-based storefronts. The suite is targeted at businesses who want a single-source supplier for all their E-commerce needs, including connectivity to back-end secure transaction processing systems like First Virtual, CyberCash, and Verifone. Features consumer statistics collection tools, which enable customized inventory control, targeted one-on-one selling, and total site usage surveillance, providing site managers with input on how to improve navigation. Includes the Cat@log Manager, Cat@log Builder, Cat@log Commerce and Cat@log Consumer Statistics Modules. Cat@log is a toolset that helps merchants extend their businesses onto the Internet without programming and without disrupting their existing IT infrastructure. Creates live, always up-to-date commerce sites that are easy to maintain and keep current. Cat@log Builder is workstation software that creates site structure and navigation, defining the way in which database information is displayed to the consumer. Cat@log Online Manager is server-side software which handles all the query calls to the database. Cat@log Commerce provides shopping basket and ordering facilities and supports integration with back-end commerce systems like First Virtual, CyberCash, Mercantec, Verifone and others. Cat@log Consumer Statistics tracks consumer browsing and purchasing patterns down to the item level, providing unprecedented data for marketing analysis.

Product: CyberNotes 1.1 - Note-organizing software ($19.95; free D/L evaluation)
Company: Affinity Computer Applications, Inc. (Duluth, MN)
Telephone: (218) 723-2385
Fax: (218) 726-2720
E-mail: info@aca.com
URL: http://www.aca.com
Platforms: UnixWare 2.03, SPARC Solaris 2.4, X86 Solaris 2.4
Description: CyberNotes is note-organizing software for Unix and X Window workstations. It provides a note pad for keeping notes organized on Unix X Window/CDE workstations. Notes may be labeled, sorted, searched, edited, iconified, and hidden.

Product: DNS Boss 1.01 - tool for maintaining a Domain Name System (DNS) primary or secondary ($800.00)
Company: DNS Boss
E-mail: seals@dnsboss.com
URL: http://www.dnsboss.com
Platforms: SUN SPARC Solaris 2.5 or greater, SUN X86 Solaris 2.5 or greater
Description: A Solaris package for maintaining a Domain Name System (DNS) primary or secondary. It allows administrators to quickly get a DNS primary or secondary running. The product is written as a Java 1.1.1 application, and it is currently ported to the Sun SPARC Solaris 2.5 (or greater), and Sun x86 Solaris 2.5 (or greater) platforms. You don't need a Web browser, you just run it like any other GUI. It is designed for users who are not UNIX or DNS experts. Some features: DNS Boss is designed to handle multiple DNS domains (hundreds), or it can handle just one DNS domain. The DNS database files created by DNS Boss 1.01 automatically have their serial numbers incremented each time an update is made. This reduces the risk of accidental errors, so that DNS data can properly get out to the Internet the first time. DNS Boss allows you to run the product with a "-safemode" option if you do not want your /etc/named.boot changed, or in.named restarted. This feature is designed to help administrators see what the databases look like before trying it in a production environment. In normal mode, DNS Boss creates all of the DNS Databases (including reverse maps), updates /etc/named.boot, and restarts /usr/sbin/in.named after the "Update this domain" button is hit. At this point the DNS data becomes live! DNS Boss also has an option to specify any hosts file on your local machine, or on an automounted directory, that you wish to have converted into DNS data.

Product: GEAR for UNIX v3.3 MultiMedia (MM) - Pre-mastering and CD-recording software ($1799)
Company: Elektroson (Campbell, CA)
Telephone: (800) 606-6116
Fax: 408-371-4895
E-mail: sales@elektroson.com
URL: http://www.elektroson.com/
Platforms: AIX, IRIX, Solaris, SunOS, HPUX, Digital UNIX (OSF)
Description: Pre-mastering and CD-Recording software program for UNIX-based systems. New features include 24-level deep directory nesting, 64-character file names, Disc-at-Once and jukebox support for Pioneer's DRM 100 4x CD-ROM. Supports full Rock Ridge extensions, Digital Audio, Orange Book Multi-session recording, Enhanced CD (CD +) and multimedia CD-formatting standards. Supports XA interlocking and XA formats such as Sony EB, XA Bridge and MMCD applications in addition to custom and multimedia authored files such as Video CD, CD-I, Sega, Nintendo, Sony and others. Supports new drives from manufacturers such as JVC, TEAC, Mitsumi, Matsushita, Ricoh, Sony, Philips and Yamaha.

Product: GeoFrame Developers' Kit - creates exploration and production (E&P) applications
Company: GeoQuest (Houston, TX)
Telephone: (713) 513-2000
Fax: (713) 513-2017
URL: http://www.connect.slb.com
Platforms: X Windows, Oracle, MOTIF
Description: Helps developers take full advantage of the GeoFrame architecture to tightly integrate exploration and production (E&P) applications with existing GeoFrame applications. Provides access to GeoQuest's libraries and tools to develop applications compatible with GeoFrame. Users also can leverage the GeoFrame interapplication communication capabilities and application runtime control mechanisms. The GeoFrame platform is an open and flexible software integration platform designed for compliance with standards from the Petrotechnical Open Software Corp. (POSC) and industry standards such as the X Window System, the Oracle relational database and the MOTIF user interface. The GeoFrame reservoir characterization system provides a POSC-compliant project database, enabling interactive sharing of data and integrated interpretations within such broad E&P domains as geology, geophysics, petrophysics, surface modeling, reservoir modeling and reservoir engineering. Applications are organized by these discipline-specific product lines for E&P data preparation, analysis, interpretation and display.

Product: Internet Directory Server 2.0 - server for large directory databases
Company: Lucent Technologies (Murray Hill, NJ)
Telephone: (888) 584-6366, (317) 322-6848
E-mail: networksystems@emsr.lucent.com or jasonm@lucent.com
URL: http://www.lucent.com/netsys/internet.html
Platforms: Sun Ultra 2 with Sun Solaris
Description: A high-capacity, reliable server for large directory databases. Native support for LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) Version 3 with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for encrypted, validated communication between the server and the browser. Server design makes it nearly impossible for outsiders to steal passwords, impersonate other users or change information on Internet directories. LDAP is an open standard that makes Internet directories easily accessible, eliminating duplication by storing data in one location rather than in several areas. Holds data such as e-mail addresses and subscriber preferences; allows service providers to quickly and economically deploy reliable directory services such as electronic yellow or white pages, and personalized navigation services, such as virtual bookmarks for Internet users. Server also works with Internet Telephony Server-SP for voice-over-the-Internet service. Handles more than five million entries and accommodates 200 queries and ten updates per second. Has online back-up, fault detection, and built-in recovery to maintain integrity of directory data.

Product: IntraStore Server - SMTP/MIME with IMAP4
Company: Control Data Systems, Inc. (Arden Hills, MN)
Telephone: (612) 415-4229, (888) RIALTO4
Fax: (612) 415-3000
E-mail: info@cdc.com
URL: http://www.cdc.com
Description: Control Data's IntraStore Server is an IMAP4 server that can solve problems for large organizations, with a single point of entry to access messages, graphics, faxes, voice messages, calendars, gateways and directories. It can be scaled to thousands of users. It integrates the X.500 as the directory service and includes a document conversion manager.

Product: Multi-Platform Access System (MPAS 1.01) - system management tool for dynamic networks ($10 per client, minimum 20 seats)
Company: Strategic Forecasting, L.L.C
Telephone: (504) 267-5507
Fax: (504) 267-4108
E-mail: info@mpas.com
URL: http://www.mpas.com
Platforms: Clients: DOS, Windows 3.x, 95; Servers: Windows NT, Unix, Linu, DEC/VMS
Description: Provides resource management similar to Windows NT and Novell but at a fraction of the cost. Does not require the purchase of any proprietary protocols and operates in conjunction with SMB. Runs on DOS, Windows 3.x, and Windows 95 clients and supports links to virtually any server platform, including Windows NT, Unix, Linux and DEC/VMS. Single step login provides a cross-platform system interface allowing Windows and DOS users controlled, secure access to personal or shared files from any server on the network. Ideal for network-based workgroups needing to share files in a secure environment. It is a powerful system management tool for dynamic networks, especially those managing a large user turnover or user mobility. From a single, central location the administrator can create individual and group profiles for accessing virtual drives on the server. Users can then login and access the virtual drives allowed by their profiles, enabling productive sharing of files while maintaining full system security. The system administrator can also re-map a user's virtual drives in a matter of minutes. By encouraging the use of server-based drives, the system administrator can back up all of a company's files in a single-step process. Maintenance and system changes can be performed without impact on user activities.

Product: Orbix - Orbix/COBOL, Orbix+CICS and Orbix+IMS for MVS
Company: IONA Technologies (Cambridge, MA)
Telephone: (800) orbix4u (800-672-4948)
E-mail: info@iona.com
URL: http://www.iona.com
Platforms: Orbix for MVS 1.0, MVS 5.2.2 Open Edition
Description: Three products which expand native Orbix support for the mainframe environment. Orbix/COBOL, Orbix+CICS and Orbix+IMS provide tools to integrate data and applications residing on the mainframe with today's leading enterprise technologies. Orbix/COBOL enables developers to use MVS development tools to extend mainframe solutions across the enterprise running on UNIX, Windows, Java and real-time operating systems. Orbix+CICS and Orbix+IMS provide native integration of existing mainframe applications with new client/server technologies. These products enable organizations to revitalize their mainframe solutions, creating flexible applications that take advantage of new software technologies but still maintain the robustness of their mainframe environment.

Product: OrbixWeb 2.0.1 - Java implementation of the CORBA specification ($2,500)
Company: IONA Technologies (Cambridge, MA)
Telephone: (888) orbixPR (6724977)
E-mail: press@iona.com
URL: http://www.iona.com
Description: A Java implementation of the Object Management Group's (OMG) Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) specification. Introduces CORBA and IIOP (Internet Inter-Orb Protocol) function to Sun's JavaStation network computer and is the first object request broker (ORB) to fully integrate Javasoft's Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.1 including improved performance and networking enhancements. OrbixWeb 2.0.1 tightly integrates the benefits of developing for the Java platform with the power and flexibility of CORBA and IIOP, and offers a fast, effective approach to building cross-platform enterprise solutions. Using CORBA, the JavaStation can seamlessly access and manipulate data and applications across the enterprise residing on MVS, UNIX or Windows, while IIOP enables the JavaStation network computer to leverage Internet applications.

Product: Rialto Global Directory/Meta Edition - metadirectory server
Company: Control Data Systems, Inc. (Arden Hills, MN)
Telephone: (612) 415-4229, (888) RIALTO4
Fax: (612) 415-3000
E-mail: info@cdc.com
URL: http://www.cdc.com
Description: A metadirectory server able to update information across dissimilar directories worldwide in real time. A new use of the LDAP protocol in combination with the composite entry capability of X.500 creates a Meta Connector that facilitates the dynamic updates. The Meta Connector is the means for lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP) and the standards-based X.500 directory to work together. The product uses LDAP-enabled Meta Connectors to provide administrators with a single point for access and control across what otherwise would be islands of information throughout the business. It is built on the foundation of Control Data's Rialto Global Directory Server (GDS500). Both the Global Directory Server and GD/ME are compliant with the current (1993) international standard for directory services.

Product: Seagate Crystal Info 5.0 - Enterprise reporting and analysis system ($350 per named user (minimum 5 users))
Company: Seagate Software (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Telephone: (800) 877-2340 or (604) 681-3435
URL: http://www.seagatesoftware.com
Description: An enterprise reporting and analysis system. Contains enhancements for companies that want to deliver database/datawarehouse information and analysis capabilities throughout their organizations. Scalable to thousands of desktops via a three-tier architecture; clustering of middle-tier components enhances the system for scalability, performance and reliability. Reports can be accessed, analyzed and scheduled securely from a standard Web browser, allowing users to create virtually any kind of report they need. Ideal for companies currently using or planning to deploy corporate intranets. No proprietary software is installed on the client and IT doesn't have to manage software across multiple client platforms. The Automated Process Scheduler (APS) is a middle tier to which business users connect in order to share information in a secure and organized fashion.

Product: Star - Tar archiver for UNIX
Company: Joerg Schilling (Berlin, Germany)
E-mail: joerg@schily.isdn.cs.tu-berlin.de
URL: http://www.fokus.gmd.de/usr/schilling
Platforms: SunOS Solaris Linux HP-UX DG/UX IRIX AIX FreeBSD
Description: Star is a fast implementation of a tar archiver. Makes backups at more than 12 MB/sec if the disk and tape drives support it. (This is more than double the speed of ufsdump.) Advantages over other tar implementations: FIFO -- keeps the tape streaming. This gives faster backups than with ufsdump, if the size of the filesystem is >1 GByte. Pattern matcher -- for a convenient user interface; to archive/extract a subset of files. Sophisticated diff -- user-tailorable interface for comparing tar archives against file trees. No namelen limitation -- pathnames up to 1024 Bytes may be archived. (The same limitation applies to linknames). This limit may be expanded in the future without changing the method to record long names. Deals with all three times -- stores/restores all three times of a file (even creation time); may reset access time after doing backup. Does not clobber files -- more recent copies on disk will not be clobbered from tape. This allows automatic repairing of corruptions after a crash & fsck (Check for differences after doing this with the diff option). Automatic byte swap -- Star automatically detects swapped archives and transparently reads them the right way. Automatic format detect -- Star automatically detects several common archive formats and adopts to them. Supported archive types are: Old tar, gnu tar, ANSI tar, star. Fully ansi compatible -- Star is fully ANSI/Posix 1003.1 compatible.

Product: Xquote 1.0 - WWW ticker symbol quote retrieval program (Free D/L)
Company: Xinvest (Monroeville, PA)
E-mail: buser@micro.ti.com
URL: http://sunsite.auc.dk/xinvest/
Platforms: UNIX systems with X Windows, Motif 1.2 and XPM. HPUX 9.05,
Description: Retrieves quotes from a number of net sources. Uses a ticker symbol (stock, mutual fund, currency) to access and display information in a table or on a ticker tape. The table data is selectable, and includes price, date, change, volume, yield, 52 week high/low, day high/low, P/E, dividend, full name, and essentially anything that can be reliably retrieved from multiple sources. Xquote communicates this information to Xinvest (if it is running). New servers can be added without rebuilding; just update X resources and the new server or format is supported. Xquote supports X11R5 (CDE 1.x) and X11R6 session management.


Product: Java AWT Reference - Reference documentation for the Abstract Windowing Toolkit ($39.95)
Author: John Zukowski
ISBN: 1-56592-240-9
Company: O'Reilly & Associates (Sebastopol, CA)
Telephone: (707) 829-0515, (800) 998-9938
Fax: (707) 829-0104
E-mail: info@ora.com
URL: http://www.ora.com
Description: Complete reference documentation on the Abstract Windowing Toolkit (AWT), a large collection of classes for building graphical user interfaces in Java. The book covers the classes that comprise the java.awt, java.awt.image, and java.applet packages. These provide the function for a Java application's user interaction in a graphical environment. With AWT, you can create windows, draw, work with images, and use components like buttons, scrollbars, and pulldown menus. Classes and methods are described in detail. The book also offers a comprehensive explanation of how AWT components fit together. Includes sample code, to help you learn by example. Describes both Version 1.0.2 and Version 1.1 of the Java Developer's Kit and includes: reference material on every AWT class; extended examples that demonstrate important AWT functions; A detailed explanation of Java's image processing mechanisms; coverage of every AWT component and container, showing how to use them in various combinations to create effective interfaces; descriptions of all the layout managers, including GridBagLayout; and material on graphics primitives and rendering techniques.

Product: Java Virtual Machine - Engine used to run Java applets and applications ($32.95)
Author: Jon Meyer & Troy Downing
ISBN: 1-56592-194-1
Company: O'Reilly & Associates (Sebastopol, CA)
Telephone: (707) 829-0515, (800) 998-9938
Fax: (707) 829-0104
E-mail: info@ora.com
URL: http://www.ora.com
Description: The Java Virtual Machine (JVM) is a platform-independent engine used to run Java applets and applications. This book provides the information needed to understand and get control of the JVM. Shows how to create implementations of the JVM or write compilers that create Java object code. The first section of the book is a substantial overview of the semantics and structure of the JVM. It includes examples written in Java assembly language. Jasmin, a Java assembler, is provided with the book, so examples can all be compiled and executed. Chapters 7 - 11 feature a complete description of the instruction set of the JVM and the class file format, including a description of the bytecode verifier. The final section is a reference to the JVM instructions, or "opcodes." Covers Java version 1.0.2. The just-released JDK 1.1 contains no major changes to the bytecode format or instruction set of the JVM. There are, however, new classes in the java.* packages and some new attributes have been added to class files. The authors will maintain notes about these and other changes at http://www.ora.com/catalog/books/javavm.

Product: Net Lessons: Web-Based Projects for Your Classroom - Web-based teaching activities and projects ($24.95)
Author: Laura Parker Roerden
ISBN: 1-56592-291-3
Company: O'Reilly & Associates (Sebastopol, CA)
Telephone: (707) 829-0515, (800) 998-9938
Fax: (707) 829-0104
E-mail: info@ora.com
URL: http://www.ora.com
Platforms: Web
Description: A guide for teachers on creating a K-12 curriculum for the Internet's World Wide Web. For teachers and school technology coordinators. The growth of the Web has made the Internet much more accessible to classroom teachers. It allows them to focus on education, not technology -- offering many sites customized to educators. The book helps teachers meet their curriculum goals by supplying them with Web-based activities and projects. A follow-up to last year's NetLearning: Why Teachers Use the Internet, Net Lessons features more than 100 K-12 classroom-tested lesson plans that harness the unique potentials of the Web, plus hundreds of extensions and ideas for all subject areas. Also provides curriculum frameworks for creating Web projects, assessment tools, including advice from other teachers who have used the Web in their classrooms. The book is practical in its approach, emphasizing that the Web's usefulness depends on how effectively you use it to achieve your goals. The activities and projects included in "Net Lessons" were chosen because they are both easy to implement and relevant to standard curriculum.

Product: Not Just Java - Java, multi-tiered systems, thin clients, CORBA, IIOP ActiveX ($34.95)
Author: Peter van der Linden
ISBN: 0-13-864638-4
Company: Sun Microsystems Press/Prentice Hall (Mountain View, CA)
Telephone: (800) SUNSOFT
E-mail: sunsoftpress@sun.com
URL: http://www.sun.com/books/
Description: A book about the Internet revolution -- Java, multi-tiered systems, thin clients, CORBA, IIOP ActiveX, and other emerging technologies. Java is at the center of this revolution, but what is unfolding is not just Java. Explains each of the key technologies driving the Internet revolution and provides a perspective on critical topics including: Java and its libraries -- present and future; security on intranets and the Internet; thin clients, network computers, and Webtops; multi-tier client/server systems; software components, objects, and CORBA; the evolution and role of intranets; and JavaBeans versus ActiveX. Also included are case studies of leading-edge companies that show how to avoid the pifalls and how to leverage Java and related technologies for maximum payoff.

Product: Scripting Languages: Automating the Web - A guide to choosing and deploying scripting solutions ($29.95)
ISBN: 1-56592-265-4
Company: O'Reilly & Associates (Sebastopol, CA)
Telephone: (707) 829-0515, (800) 998-9938
Fax: (707) 829-0104
E-mail: info@ora.com
URL: http://www.ora.com
Description: The Spring '97 issue of the World Wide Web Journal, "Scripting Languages: Automating the Web." Focuses on the spectrum of interactive automation technology available through scripting languages such as Perl, JavaScript and Python. A guide to choosing and deploying scripting solutions. Explores how to add scriptable and extensible behavior to the Web in a variety of ways. For example, within the Web client user interface, it offers articles on JavaScript, (Nick Heinle), Python (Guido van Rossum), and VBScript (Paul Lomax). Within the Web server programming interface, Lincoln Stein looks at exploring CGI with Perl, Ron Petrusha answers the question "Why WIN-CGI?" and Clint Wong describes LWP -- the library modules for WWW access in Perl. Finally, as a back-end gateway to other services, are articles on World Wide Web gateways (Shishir Gundavaram) and Web database connectivity with scripting (Peter Lazar). In addition, "Scripting Languages" examines the Web-wide impact of Perl with an articl featuring Perl developers Larry Wall and Tom Christiansen.

Product: Web Client Programming with Perl - writing customized Web clients to automate tasks ($29.95)
Author: Clinton Wong
ISBN: 1-56592-214-X
Company: O'Reilly & Associates (Sebastopol, CA)
Telephone: (707) 829-0515, (800) 998-9938
Fax: (707) 829-0104
E-mail: info@ora.com
URL: http://www.ora.com
Description: Explains how to go beyond the standard Web browser to get a more powerful, flexible, and dynamic response from a Web client. Shows how to extend your scripting skills to the Web and write customized Web clients to automate common tasks. For example, you can write scripts to display the latest weather report every hour, get instant tracking reports on a Federal Express package, or use a dictionary server repeatedly throughout the day. In addition to demonstrating how to automate such repetitive -- and often tedious -- queries on the Web, the book teaches the basics of how browsers communicate with servers, shows how to detect broken hyperlinks on a Web site, and explains how to write simple "robots" that traverse hyperlinks across a site or even across the Web. Most of the examples use Perl, a language that is used by Web developers, CGI programmers, and UNIX power users. The book does not teach Perl, but the techniques used in the book should be easily followed by anyone with some programming background and can be adapted to other languages.


Product: TOOLS USA '97 - Conference on Technology of Object-Oriented Languages and Systems
Company: TOOLS Conferences (Santa Barbara, CA)
Telephone: (805) 685-1006
Fax: (805) 685-6869
E-mail: tools@tools.com
URL: http://www.tools.com
Description: TOOLS USA '97: Twenty-third International Conference and Exhibition Technology of Object-Oriented Languages and Systems; Santa Barbara, California, July 28 - August 1, 1997. Registration fee now includes a free one-year ACM membership (or membership renewal). TOOLS is a major international conference and exhibition devoted to the applications of object-oriented technology. Conference attendees: Learn directly from the top industry experts, language and methods designers and best-selling book authors in small classroom settings; exchange ideas and technologies with an international network of their peers; participate in interactive panel and workshop sessions to find out how to develop, deploy and maintain a company's most challenging software projects; and see demos of new products and have their questions answered by vendors.

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