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Apple ships WebObjects for NT, Unix (1998)

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San Francisco (November 30, 1998) -- Apple Computer Corp.'s latest upgrade of its WebObjects application server software for Windows NT and Unix features enhanced Java support and can now be deployed more quickly, company officials said today.

WebObjects 4, a platform for developing and deploying large-scale Internet and intranet sites, now includes additional Java debugging features and a Java project builder assistant, Apple said in a statement. This simplifies developing an application completely in Java, according to company spokesman Russel Brady.

The upgrade also includes a "direct-to-Web" development assistant that lets users integrate built-in, reusable components, which eliminates the need for certain coding and allows for faster deployment of Web applications, Apple said.

Compared to previous versions, WebObjects 4 offers faster transactional processing, which loads Web pages more quickly on sites that use WebObjects 4, Apple said.

The upgrade also features multi-threaded application support that centralizes administrative tasks to improve application scalability and monitoring, said Apple.

With its WebObjects 4 software, the company is targeting enterprise-level customers that are developing web sites, in particular large companies that focus on e-commerce or digital brand building, said Brady.

Available now, WebObjects 4 is priced starting at US$1,499, but customers can purchase the application based on the number of transactions, or processors used in the application ranging from US$7,500 to $50,000 per server.