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  • [Java Computing EXPO '98] Japan's Hardware Vendors Use Java JINI to Develop Devices
  • July 20, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Hardware vendors in Japan are using the Java-based JINI distributed environment to develop devices.
    John Gage, chief scientist of Sun Microsystems Inc., explained JINI's merits during a keynote speech at Java Computing Expo '98 for Enterprise, an exhibition held in Tokyo from July 15-17.

    At a press conference following the keynote, Gage disclosed that Java-based distributed environment, JINI, has been already adopted by 15 vendors, including Japanese companies. Their development with JINI is now ongoing.

    Gage said of JINI's merits: "The core size of JINI is only 25KB. It is small enough to be mounted on any devices. We haven't figured how vast the potential of JINI is yet. JINI is available in a wider range of fields, for instance, it is suitable for a plug-and-play function which enables downloading a device driver module of a hard disk drive from a Web site managed by a vendor of the disk drive."

    "Images can be smoothly transmitted to a hard disk in the environment of JINI. Programs in JINI know how to handle each device," Gage said. "Objects can interact with one another through a simple protocol called Discovering Protocol."

    Noteworthy in the JINI concept is that everyone can obtain source code without a fee. This "open source" strategy contributes to diffusion of Linux (a free operating system compatible with UNIX) and free provision of source code of Netscape Communicator, which makes the strategy a focus of a market, he said.

    Sun Microsystems continues to provide the JINI source code free of charge. This policy corporations with a tight budget or even students a chance to get JINI source code and apply it to making their own programs. Gage told reporters that the real source code will be out in 60 days or so.

    Related story: Java Distributed Environment Applications Highlighted

    (Nikkei Java Review)

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    Updated: Sat Jul 18 18:30:52 1998