Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Apple and DEC Outline Development Program

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Apple and DEC Outline Development Program

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Apple and DEC Outline Development Program

At a recent two-day developers conference, Apple Computer, Inc. of Cupertino, Calif., and Digital Equipment Corp. of Maynard, Mass., outlined the joint development program and architecture for integrating their respective networking environments. The two companies defined a framework for connecting Apple Macintosh personal computers with Digital VAX/VMS systems.

Apple and Digital told developers that the companies would place highest priority on meeting the most common user needs--file services, print services, database access, network management, and network terminal services. End-user products and developer toolkits for creating new capabilities will begin to appear in the Summer of 1989.

The companies also announced a program for servicing Apple Macintosh personal computers and related products through Digital's field service organization in selected geographical locations in the U.S.

The joint developers conference represents the first of several steps in fulfilling the commitment made in January of this year to provide a jointly developed framework for integrating Macintosh personal computers and AppleTalk networks with VAX systems and DECnet/OSI enterprise networks.

The prgram, presented at the conference by more than 30 engineers from both companies, outlines a variety of architectures, products and development tools. It is the first forum providing implementation plans and schedules for the key capabilities, specifications and development tools.

By having a consistent technical framework, developers will be able to plan, implement and deliver a new generation of distributed applications, network intelligent productivity applications, and use the Macintosh as a versatile front-end for VAX-based applications.

The benefits of this seamlessly integrated environment include the consistent Macintosh user interface, AppleTalk network transparency and services, VAX/VMS computing power, and enterprise-wide DECnet/OSI networking capability. …

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