Sun Microsystems has announced that it will make available
in mid 2003 a Java-based development kit as an upgrade to Sun's business
version of StarOffice 6.0. This new development kit should aid IT programmers
wanting to provide customized desktop applications. This could make it more
feasible for Sun's proprietary StarOffice software to compete with Microsoft's
Office software products.
Sun's StarOffice division intends to use Java as a
scripting language for StarOffice, to allow customers to take advantage of
Java's security features. Java's security model works by limiting the areas of
the computer the code can manipulate. "The Java security model that is
used in the browser is useful in an office suite as well," said Joerg
Heilig, Sun's Director of Engineering for StarOffice. "When you include
Java code for scripting purposes, you can restrict what Java can do at the
operating system level."
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