Netscape Communications Corp. and Object Design Inc. today joined forces in a deal that will enable Netscape Communicator users to download Java applets and store them locally.
The deal calls for Netscape, of Mountain View, Calif., to bundle Object Design's Object Store PSE (Persistent Storage Engine) for Java into Communicator-the next-generation Netscape client due to enter beta testing early next year.
ObjectStore PSE for Java is a small footprint database that provides portable, transparent Java persistence. In addition, developers writing to Netscape ONE (Open Network Environment) Java APIs will be able to create Java applications that persist and can be downloaded once over the Internet and stored locally on a user's hard drive.
While Netscape is the first company to announce plans to include ObjectStore PSE for Java in a browser, two other major vendors have also entered into deals with Object Design, of Burlington, Mass.
Earlier this fall, Microsoft Corp. licensed ObjectStore PSE for Java and is currently making the technology available as part of its Java developers kit, which is available free of charge on Microsoft's World Wide Web site.
Likewise, Borland International Inc. licensed ObjectStore PSE for Java and is planning to include the technology in its Java developers kit, formerly known as Latte. ObjectStore PSE for Java is also available in a C++ version. Both technologies were released earlier this summer.