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Day: October 19, 1999

Sun Announces Acquisitions

Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced two strategic acquisitions. The acquisitions of Forte Software, Inc. and NetBeans, Inc. allows Sun to offer a full array of integrated development tools for individuals, small businesses and large enterprises. The acquisitions of Forte, based in Oakland, Calif., and NetBeans, headquartered in The Czech Republic, complete Sun’s integrated development environment (IDE) strategy. Forte provides tools for developing, integrating and deploying scalable, enterprise-class distributed applications. Forte’s products include: SynerJ, the Java technology-based IDE, Forte Fusion, the XML-based Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) environment, and Forte Application Environment, a market leading enterprise 4GL tool. NetBeans, a Java technology IDE supplier for Linux, is best known for its cross-platform NetBeans Developer Java technology IDE. The company has had more than 100,000 downloads of its NetBeans Developer product, which visually extends the Java Development Kit (JDK) and includes integrated visual design, editing, compilation, and debugging tools. NetBeans software is based on an open API, which provides an extensible platform for development of third party, customizable, modular tools for the Java platform. The current tools suite supports the Java 2 platform including JavaServer Pages, Servlet, XML, CORBA, RMI and JDBC technologies platform. A free version of NetBeans Developer IDE for the Solaris Operating Environment, Linux, Windows 98 and Windows NT are available for immediate download from,

XML Global Creates Forum for XSLT

XML Global announced the launch of a new portal site for XSLT (, providing Web developers and programmers with information on XSLT (extensible stylesheet language transformations). XSLT is a language for performing XML transformations. Through, XML Global intends to foster a community of XSLT users, enabling them to join e-mail groups and open forums and find the latest XSLT tools. The Web site provides individuals and companies information about the developments in XSLT and access to recent news on products and standards. links to related XSLT sites to highlight the contributions of others, instead of duplicating them. The site also allows developers and programmers to research upcoming conferences and available educational materials.

Enigma to Acquire Inso’s DynaWeb/Text Product Suite

Enigma, Inc., announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Inso Corporation’s DynaWeb/Text and Synex product lines. Under the terms of the agreement, the technical publishing component of Inso’s Product Data Management division will be purchased for approximately $15.5 million in cash and assumption of liabilities. The transaction will be a stock purchase between Enigma Inc. and its affiliate Enigma Information Systems Ltd. of the all the outstanding stock of Inso’s subsidiaries, Inso Providence Corporation and ViewPort Development AB of Stockholm.,

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