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  • [Java Computing Expo '98] Java Distributed Environment Applications Highlighted
  • July 17, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Sun Microsystems Inc. and Fujitsu Ltd. executives touted "JINI" Java distributed applications at Java Computing Expo '98 for Enterprise (JCE) in Tokyo.
    The expo is one of the largest Java events in Japan. It is being held July 15-17.

    John Gage, chief scientist at Sun in the United States, and Tadashi Sekizawa, chairman of Fujitsu, both made keynote speeches about JINI.

    After Gage introduced an electronic newspaper prepared for the expo called "Java Times," he talked about JINI, which is now under development, for about one hour.

    JINI was started by Bill Joy, vice president and a founder of Sun Microsystems. This technology will realize a distributed network in which any devices can be connected to another, including mobile telephones, automobiles and smart cards.

    He referred to an open source strategy by saying, "JINI's source code will be made public free of charge so that any individuals or firms can develop programs on JINI." He also talked about the future of JINI. "JINI will put life into a network," Joy said.

    Fujitsu Chairman Sekizawa expressed concern that Japan will be far behind the United States unless Japan makes more investment in information technologies, especially in the field of networking. He backed his view by presenting data on the differences in telecommunications rates between Japan and the United States. With this background, he explained Java applications are the technology that will "enable us to do new things in an easier way."

    The first example was "Kome-NET," which is being operated in Itochu Corp. It is a kind of electronic commerce application using Java where rice purchasing is done via the network.

    The second example was a palm-sized Java terminal called "BosaNova" (former code name was BlueMountain) that was developed by PFU Ltd. and Aplix Corp. It weighs only 120g, including a battery, and it works as a multi-purpose handy terminal that can download Java aplets by means of infrared communications.

    Sekizawa showed one of the uses of the terminal: it is able to gather information while someone walks in an amusement park.

    Related story: Aplix Develops Japanese Input System for Java

    (Nikkei Java Review)


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