“Developers want freedom of choice,”
said Bob Muglia, vice president, developer tools, at Microsoft.
“By including JScript in its scripting language options, Microsoft underscores its commitment to openness on the Internet,”
said Evan Quinn of International Data Corp.
“This gives developers the option of using a variety of important development technologies, taking full advantage of their current investments while supporting Internet innovations.”
Integration Between Scripts, Java Applets and ActiveX Controls
Both Visual Basic Script and JScript are integrated with Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 using the ActiveX
Scripting interface. ActiveX Scripting is a published standard that any application or scripting language can use.
“ActiveX Scripting means our current professional development tools can tie into the Web browser and script Internet applications,”
said Paul Gross, senior vice president of research and development at Borland International Inc.
“This is a big win for our developers and our users.”
“ActiveX Scripting makes it possible to integrate our development tools into the ActiveX architecture and gain all the benefits of object interoperability with Java Applets or ActiveX components,”
said Bob Zurek, director of product technology at the Powersoft business group of Sybase Inc.
“This means our development community can take advantage of their skills to build great Internet applications.”
Microsoft to Provide Free Source and Binary Code
Beta versions of JScript and Visual Basic Script are available immediately from Microsoft’s Web site for free downloading and distribution at http://microsoft.com/jscript/ and http://microsoft.com/vbscript/ , respectively. Microsoft will also make the source code for the Visual Basic Script and JScript engines available in the near future. Furthermore, Microsoft will provide source reference implementations to both the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for consideration as open Internet standards.
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