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Written by Aram Agajanian




On May 5, IBM announced a new release of Warp Server that is targeted for early 1999. In this release, IBM is positioning Warp Server as an entry-level e-business server to be used with WorkSpace On-Demand to lower system management costs. Included in the new release will be the Journaling File System from AIX, improved scalability, and enhanced Web serving capabilities. The new release will also be Y2K compliant and support the Euro currency.

In the same announcement, IBM disclosed a new release of Workspace On-Demand that is targeted for late 1998. The release will offer customers support for a broader range of hardware (including some IBM Network Stations) and Java 1.1.6.

It was announced that Warp Server would also be updated in the near term. Systems management is being updated to support NT 4.0 clients, an expanded range of hardware, continuous resource monitoring, and utilization reports for all servers. Warp Server's backup and recovery systems are gaining a command line interface and a Dual Device Backup Set, which allows backup to both a tape and a removable drive.

In an interview with PC Week, Jeff Smith, director of the OS/2 Business Unit, disclosed that IBM currently has no plans to port OS/2 to Merced. The Merced is a workstation-class microprocessor being developed by Intel and Hewlett Packard that is expected to be released in 1999. Smith said that a decision to port to Merced will be based on customer demand.

IBM has also made online versions of the redbooks for OS/2 Warp, Warp Server, and WorkSpace On-Demand available online.

IBM has released an update to the SMP version of MPTS, the Multi-Protocol Transport Service. This update is necessary for Warp Server installations using the SMP kernel.


IBM has announced that the forthcoming release of VisualAge C++ 4.0 will contain development environments for both OS/2 and Windows NT in the same package.

Version 1.0 of the Open Object Library (OOL) has been released. The OOL is a C++ class library for OS/2 Warp which contains classes for GUI components, files, pipes, DDE, sockets, DIVE, printing, and semaphores. It supports the VisualAge C++ 3.0, EMX 0.9b, and Watcom C/C++ 10.x compilers.

Marco Maccaferri has released the full source code of the LoraBBS Bulletin Board System version 2.99 under the GNU Public License. The souce code will compile with the Watcom C/C++ 10.6 (or later) compiler on OS/2 and Windows and will also compile under GCC for Linux.

Andrea Venturoli has ported the wxWindows library to OS/2 with XFree86 and Motif (or lesstif). The wxWindows API has also been implemented on Unix and Windows. Source code is available at the wxWindows web site.

A version of Silicon Graphics, Inc.'s Standard Template Library implementation has been adapted for the VisualAge C++ 3.0 compiler. It is available at the SGI STL Adaption Effort web site.

IBM is conducting an online survey about the Performance Analyzer application in VisualAge C++.


Sun Microsystem's JavaSoft division has made several significant Java software releases. Java Foundation Classes (JFC) 1.1 have better performance and documentation as well as the Swing GUI components and the Accessibility API to support techology for special-needs users. A multimedia tool called the Java Media Framework has been updated to version 1.0.1. Version 1.0.2 of the Java Mail API has been released. Beta specifications of the Java Advanced Imaging (0.9) and Java Speech (0.7) APIs are now available.

IBM has launched a new web site for Java developers called the VisualAge Developer Domain. The site is oriented towards corporate software developers and contains IBM's Java tools and documentation as well as a large number of pre-tested JavaBeans. Users can register for limited access at no charge and complete access for a subscription fee.

IBM has a new free online course on the fundamentals of programming JavaBeans. IBM has also set up a web page containing performance tuning tips for the OS/2 JVM.

Data Representations, Inc. has announced the general availability of Simplicity for Java, a rapid application design tool for Java 1.1. Simplicity also includes an Integrated Development Environment. A free trial edition is available.


Together/J is a UML modeling tool for OO developers that is written in Java. Together/J now runs on OS/2's JVM. A free WhiteBoard edition can be downloaded from Object International.


The NetRexx programming language has been updated to v1.140. Changes include new language features, performance improvements, and bug fixes. The latest version is available online at the NetRexx site on the web.


XML for Java has been updated on IBM's alphaWorks site. This update contains both new functionality and bug fixes.

IBM announced version 1.1 of the Web Traffic Express proxy server on April 19. New features include improved cache management, ftp file processing, and HTTP 1.1 comptibility. A trial version can be downloaded from the Web Traffic Express web site.

Pretty Pop Software released version 2.05 of Gismo, a utility for selecting precise RGB codes for HTML documents on April 19.

The Apache HTTP server has been updated to version 1.3b6.

The Xitami web server has been updated to v2.3b1.


ASTRAC has announced a new training course in their Visualizer development tools for OS/2 and DB2.


IBM has updated the OS/2 DDK to support hardware acceleration of the OpenGL 1.1 3D graphics library. (OpenGL is a feature of OS/2 Warp 4.) To receive the OS/2 OpenGL Sample Device Driver Kit, developers will be requested to supply information to verify that they have a valid license with Silicon Graphics, Inc. for the use of OpenGL.

Programmer's Editor

The MED Programmers' Text Editor was updated to v1.23 on April 1. Changes include a fix in Pascal syntax highlighting and making backup filenames 8.3 compliant.

Development Environments

IBM has announced Version 3.0 of the VisualAge TeamConnection product. TeamConnection provides version control, configuration management, problem and change tracking, and a lot of other useful tools to developers on multiple platforms. New features include improved support for Solaris, web browsers, Lotus Notes, and Java, improvements to the version control user interface, and improvements in automated build support.

PL/I and Cobol

On April 7, IBM announced VisualAge PL/I Enterprise Version 2.1 and VisualAge COBOL Enterprise Version 2.2. The Enterprise editions replace both the Standard and Professional editions of the previous product. The Enterprise editions contain development tools for both OS/2 Warp v4 and Windows NT and can build applications for Windows 95. They have also been enhanced with tools for Y2K analysis and an IDE that allows development directly on a CICS host.

Bar code technology

Solution Technologies, Inc. (STi) has released BarCode Anywhere 5.0 OEM bar code reading technology. An SDK is available for OS/2.

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