December 10, 1996 2:00 PM ET
Bluestone polishes Sapphire/Web with NCM features
By Maria Seminerio

  Bluestone Inc. has incorporated several new features into its Sapphire/Web 3.0 development tool to bring it into compliance with Network Computing Model standards.

The graphical tool now includes data-enabled Java, JavaScript, ActiveX, and VBScript client frameworks required for building NCM applications, as well as integration with Java development tools including Visual J++ and Visual Cafe, Bluestone officials said.

Sapphire/Web 3.0 has also been enhanced with a Java wizard utility for speeding development and server-side improvements including one-button Common Gateway Interface and API support, company officials said.

The product is integrated with Oracle Corp.'s Network Computer initiative and Network Computing Architecture standard; Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Java Desktop, Java Web Server and JavaStation initiatives; IBM's Network Station; Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp.'s Network PC; and initiatives by third-party Java object vendors including InfoSpace Inc.'s Java Graphing project, Bluestone officials said.

A beta version of the product is available immediately at The final version will be shipped in the first-quarter of 1997 and will cost $2,995, including a year of support, company officials said.

Bluestone is based in Mount Laurel, N.J.

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