March 1
WebObjects 4.5 Released
Offers new Builder interface, direct to Java client support, HP-UX 11 compatibility

by David Nagel
Senior producer

Apple has released version 4.5 of its WebObjects, an application server designed for deploying network applications. The new version, priced anywhere from $1,499 to $50,000, depending on usage, includes a new interface for the WebObjects Builder and built-in application profiling, which Apple says can increase application performance by 50 percent. Other features include:

  • Integrated XML support, using IBM’s alphaWorks parser, enabling developers to build applications that exchange data with other XML-based application systems;
  • A back-end LDAP adaptor that enables developers to authenticate users against LDAP servers or build asset management applications that can easily talk to directory services;
  • A new Direct to Java Client technology which completely automates the process of creating pure Java clients for accessing databases over the Internet.

The software, available immediately, is priced at $1,499 per seat for the developer edition, which includes licenses to deploy limited performance servers. Customer deployment prices range from $7,500 to $50,000 per server, depending on the number of connections associated with a deployment license. WebObjects 4.5 is available for Windows NT/2000, Solaris, HP-UX, Mac OS X Server and HP-UX 11 systems.

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