Microsoft Announces Widespread Beta Distribution of Visual J++

REDMOND, Wash., July 15, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. today announced a widespread beta program for its Microsoft® Visual J++
Java development tool. The software is designed to give developers, both novices and experts, everything they need to quickly and productively create applications that take full advantage of Java’s capabilities. Visual J++ is also the first Java development tool that allows programmers to extend their Java applications with components created in a variety of other programming languages that support the ActiveX
“We are extremely excited to see what developers think of Visual J++,”
said Bob Muglia, vice president, developer tools at Microsoft.
“We’ve focused all our experience from creating industrial-strength, high-performance tools on making a no-compromise Java development tool. Anyone who is working with Java owes it to themselves to try this product.”

Microsoft is bringing all the productivity of its award-winning Developer Studio development environment to Java programming:

  • Development wizards. Java Applet wizards help developers create multithreaded cross-platform applets and applications quickly and easily.

  • Graphical debugger. Visual J++ offers the ability to debug applets in the context of the browser, debug multiple applets on the same Web page, and debug at the byte-code level.

  • Design-time performance. Visual J++ source compiler provides a speed of more than a million lines of code per minute.

  • Comprehensive documentation. Easy-to-access online, as well as Getting Started and Test Drive sections, help new Java programmers come up to speed quickly.

Visual J++ also gives Java developers the option of extending their programs with ActiveX Components. This extensibility allows Java developers to take advantage of the power and productivity of thousands of controls, tools and applications that currently support the ActiveX specification.The beta version of Microsoft Visual J++ is available now from Microsoft over the Internet without charge (except the cost of connect time, if any). To find out more information about
Visual J++ and the beta version, visit the Microsoft Web site at .The Microsoft Site Builder Network will provide ongoing information, training, technology, support and business development resources to designers, site producers, site planners, site administrators and developers. For more information, visit the Site Builder Network Web site at .Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

Microsoft, Visual J++ and ActiveX are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

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