As expected, Netscape introduced Visual JavaScript this morning at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco. The tool will cost $495 when the final version is completed by mid-year, according to company officials. A pre- release build will enter testing this week: it will be freely available from the Netscape Web site.

Key features include:

  • Project Manager - manages individual or group development projects.
  • Component Palette - Assembles client-side or server-side HTML,    JavaScript, and JavaBeans components, adds database links, and    leverages Netscape SuiteSpot server functions such as messaging    and directory services.
  • A WYSIWYG HTML page builder.
  • A component inspector.
  • A drag and drop component connection builder.
  • JavaScript debugger.
  • Component Developer's Kit.
The initial release will be available for Windows 95 and NT 4.0 only, although it is written in Java and should therefore be easily ported to other platforms