Apple has announced version 5 of WebObjects, its Java-based application-server for Web publishing and in-house application development. The new version can build Java server solutions.

WebObjects is used to create Apple’s own Web pages, and used in large corporate intranets to create network applications for workgroups. Applications built with WebObjects can be deployed on almost any Java-compatible server.

At the heart of the new $699 version 5 is Java 2 Standard Edition version 1.3 runtime, which supports Java 2. Applications and sites built with WebObjects can be deployed on Java 2-accredited servers, including Mac OS X Server and Windows 2000 Professional.

WebObjects offers automated data-access, and object persistence – using what Apple calls its Enterprise Objects technology. Built-in tools include Project Builder, Direct to Web and Direct to Java for three-tier Web and Java applications, and WebObjects Builder, to simplify the design of HTML interfaces. Tools for database modelling are also built-in.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s vice president of worldwide product marketing, said: “This is the state-of-the-art solution for developing and deploying Web-based Java applications.”