ETHAN HENRY of KL Group
JDJ: Welcome to SYS-CON Radio's live broadcast from the Java Business Expo. Joining us is Ethan Henry, Java evangelist for KL Group. Thanks for coming today.
Henry: Thanks, Chad.
JDJ: There are a lot of companies here at the Expo making announcements, debuting new products and such, and I'm informed that for KL Group it's the same thing.
Henry: Yes, we have a couple of announcements. We have a new release of our JClass line of JavaBeans, and we have a new release coming up very soon of JPro Profiler. Why don't I tell you about them?
JDJ: Great, go ahead.
Henry: So the new JClass 3.6 release - these were the first JavaBeans we released and were the first set of JavaBeans that are JDK 1.2- or Java 2-compatible. We were on the Net with an electronic download of our Beans within 20 minutes of the JDK 1.2 release - we had them all wrapped and ready to go. And as soon as Sun put JDK 1.2 up for download, we had our stuff up as well. We're pretty proud of that, and it was a real achievement. It was really great. The whole JClass product line is JClass Chart, JClass Live Table, JClass Field and JClass High Grid, and now they're all in versions that are Java 2 Swing-compatible. And we still have versions for the previous versions of Java for JDK 1.1 and even JDK 1.2.
JDJ: Can you tell us a little more about the involvement with Java 2?
Henry: Well, we actually have a whole new next generation of JClass JavaBeans coming out specifically designed for the Java 2 platform. The first one we've announced is Swing Suite. Swing Suite is specifically aimed at the Java 2 platform, and it aims to extend, enhance and provide additional components for Swing developers giving them more capabilities to build on top of what they already have inside the Swing component library that's part of Java 2.
ETHAN HENRY of KL Group
JDJ: Now if I'm a Java developer, and I'm going out there looking for a product like yours, why am I going to choose yours over someone else's?
Henry: Well we're working closely with a lot of the developers at Sun inside JavaSoft who are doing things like the Swing development, and we really think we've got THE most complete solution of JavaBeans that you can get in one packaged family on the market. There are other companies that offer individual Beans like charts or tables or things like that, but we're the only supplier who gives everything in one integrated package with common APIs.
Additionally, we're working very closely with a lot of IDE vendors. So, if you're using a development environment like JBuilder, Visual Cafe or Visual H for Java - the pure Java development environment - we're working very closely with them and we have a great integration. JClass JavaBeans are a great accessory for any IDE-based developer.
JDJ: Okay, so how about the products you debuted? I wouldn't mind talking about JPro.
Henry: JPro Profiler 2.0 is another product we just announced, and again, it's offering support for the new Java 2 platform which is really great. Not only are we offering that support, but we've also added a whole slew of new features. We're not just looking at providing incremental upgrades every time the Java platform changes, we're looking at providing great new functionality for developers in all our products. So it adds support not only for time profiling but also for memory profiling. Developers who are having problems with memory usage can now examine objects, see what kinds of objects they have and see how much space they're taking up. This is really great functionality and you're getting information that you can't find any other way without using a tool like JPro Profiler.
GREGORY PROKTER of Slangsoft
JDJ: Welcome back to the Java Business Expo on SYS-CON Radio. I'm joined by Gregory Prokter. He's the COO of Slangsoft. Welcome to the show.
Prokter: Thank you very much.
JDJ: Now I know you just announced the release of your two new products, Emule SDK 1.3 and Slang Suite 2.0. Can you get into those a little bit and tell us about them?
Prokter: Yes, absolutely. The Emule SDK basically is an easy-to-use localization capability that delivers a flexible, straightforward and inexpensive Java localization solution and that can truly be defined as write once, support all languages and run anywhere. We've just announced the release of 1.3, which, on top of all the features that we had in 1.1 and 1.2, supports Java-Beans and Swing, and provides some additional capabilities and features for our customers.
JDJ: So why would someone choose your product over another like it? What's the difference?
Prokter: Well, the Emule SDK, which is our core technology, can localize your Java applications within minutes and it can work with either a JDK 1.0, 1.1 or 1.2 or any other JDK from vendors like Microsoft, Borland or Symantec. It provides support for 41 national languages. And the key concept here is that this SDK doesn't need any special fonts or native operating system language support, and no keyboard drivers need to be installed. So since the product is basically calculated for Java developers, all they need is to install the kit. Then they can begin programming in Java using the GUI provided by the SDK to enable support for 41 languages in the Java program.
GREGORY PROKTER of Slangsoft
JDJ: Earlier you mentioned the Slang Suite. I know you're very proud of that product, so can you tell me about SlangMail and other components of the suite? Could you tell us what makes you so proud of it?
Prokter: We got so excited and proud of our core technology, Emule SDK, that we decided to build something equally nice on top of it. Slang Suite included four ready-to-use shrinkwrap business programs that do daily tasks like browsing, chatting, e-mailing and word processing, and does it for 41 national languages. In other words, running under Windows 95, an end user could send an e-mail in Japanese or Italian while receiving an e-mail in Russian or Hebrew. So, this e-mail we call SlangMail is really unique because it can handle all the languages, is written 100% in our Java and doesn't require a recipient to have that SlangMail package in order to view the foreign text. It uses a very special technology. It's stand-alone technology that enables the recipient to actually view messages in a foreign language. That viewer is connected to our server and from that server the necessary fonts and input methods are downloaded. That concept enables the recipient to see the message in its original language without actually using any localized operating system support, without having installed any fonts or input methods - basically without any worries or even having to think about it. That's what makes this package so unique, and I believe it makes it must-have software for any international user or user who speaks more than one language.
JDJ: You've mentioned some of your products and how innovative they are, but unfortunately technology changes; therefore, what's in the future for Slangsoft?
Prokter: Well, we're looking to expand on the success of Slang Suite and to continue to add more languages to our end user applications. I know we're looking into adding Devanagari for our Indian-speaking users, and we're looking to get more Asian languages into our core technology and end applications as well.
We're looking to add more capabilities to our word processor and to do a complete integration of all the tools, thereby creating a complete communication center for the end user. That center will provide end users with the capability to do e-mailing, chatting, browsing and word processing in any national language and it's all going to be integrated.
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