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The huge task of creating that great Java application is finally over. Although the product is "user friendly" when up and running, installation has typically been very cumbersome and time consuming. A product that is easy for the layman to install will surely outsell one that isn't. You must now go back to work. What's needed is a development tool that not only enables applications to be installed easily for the end-user, but is quick and easy for the developer to use as well. What's needed is InstallAnywhere from Zero G Software, Inc. InstallAnywhere enables the creation of a single, universal installer that will operate on any Java-enabled platform. This includes Windows, UNIX and Mac OS. IA tailors itself to the user's system, saving the time and expense of building separate installers for each platform. Installing IA was an absolute breeze. Anyone who can insta... (more)

Java Reference Library

If you are a Java developer, you are no doubt familiar with O'Reilly and Associates and their line of books. One of the first Java books on the market was O'Reilly's "Java in a Nutshell". Although there had been a couple of "how-to" books published, there were no Java reference books available for the professional programmer. The Nutshell series is not for beginners, but rather for seasoned code-jockeys who will dog-ear the book in no time flat. But the funny thing was, even beginners started to sing the praises of the Nutshell book. O'Reilly has taken the "Java in a Nutshell" b... (more)

Visual Quantify by Rational Software

You've just finished up that Java program you've been working on for a while. You sit back in your chair and feel proud of yourself. It's now time to show your finished work to the boss. Half an hour later he calls you into the office. "What's this?" he asks as he holds up one of the floppies that you proudly gave him just a little while ago. You try to hide the confusion and fear in your voice as you answer. "It's the application I've been working on. It's finished, and I just wanted you to have a look at it." He gestures you to his side of the desk. You watch him open the appli... (more)

JViews by ILOG, Inc

Once upon a time, it looked as though I was set for a while on software. I had L-View, the new picture editing shareware everyone was talking about. I had Microsoft Paint, a pretty good graphics creation program (if you didn't mind your graphics looking like a child in first grade had drawn them). I had HTML Notepad and a full head of hair. What more could a budding young Web developer ask for to guarantee success in this brand new industry? As we all know, a lot has changed since then. The passing of time, as well as the dawning of new technologies, has led to the obsolescence of... (more)

DashO-Pro by preEmptive Solutions

I remember how I first got into Java. A friend called my attention to these neat little mini applications that could be easily embedded into HTML files. These applets provided a quick way to jazz up even the most mundane Web pages. She showed me some UseNet groups that contained huge libraries of these applets. I soon learned how to go into their code and change (dare I use the word "hack"?) them to fit my needs. Those applets were nobody's property; they were just there for the taking. Some people would come up with clever ways of making them run more efficiently, and would post... (more)