and Establish Partnership to Benefit Java Technology Users and Developers

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – JANUARY 8, 2001 –, a business unit of IDG, announced today that it has formed a strategic partnership with, Inc., the premier software component portal. This partnership gives JavaWorld ( readers seamless access to a co-branded Web site offering Flashline's wide range of products, services, and resources for component-based development. JavaWorld is published by, the premier online resource for enterprise IT professionals, which also publishes and UNIX Insider.


Flashline's services supplement JavaWorld's award-winning editorial content and enable readers to access the most up-to-date information on Java™ technology-based products to accelerate development efforts and purchasing decisions. Through the JavaWorld Web site or the Flashline/JavaWorld co-branded site ( readers can access Flashline's component resources, including:

Application Server Comparison Matrix – Provides technical specs, pricing, reviews, and community feedback on more than 30 popular middleware products.

Component Registry – A searchable database of information covering a large and growing collection of JavaBeans™ Enterprise JavaBeans™ and COM components.

Component Marketplace – Hundreds of documented and tested software components from leading vendors worldwide.

Flashline Component Manager™ – Web-enabling add-in for Java IDEs that uses a single interface to dynamically aggregate and catalog Java components, documentation, and development resources.

Flashline QA Lab – Comprehensive quality assurance service to test third-party Java components for structure, performance, server-side capacity, and other quality issues.

Components by Design™- The first auction-based service for outsourcing software component development. This system enables corporations to leverage the proven time-to-market advantages of component-based development and outsourcing. Over 2,000 registered developers are available to bid on projects.

"The platform independence provided by Java has created tremendous demand by application developers and architects for greater access to new components," said Bill Reinstein, president and CEO of "Through this partnership with, we are fulfilling development teams' needs as well as augmenting the rich collection of articles and resources available at – our highly interactive forum for the burgeoning Java development community."

"Today's development teams are under extreme pressure to build quality software under dramatically shortened development schedules. Developing with reusable components enables IT departments to develop software faster than ever before," stated Charles Stack, president and CEO of "JavaWorld's extensive user community can now easily access Flashline's software component products, services, and resources to leverage the time-to-market and reliability benefits component-based development offers."


Ranked among the top ten Internet media properties by Advertising Age's BtoB, and named a "Hot Site" by USA Today, is the most comprehensive Web-based information resource for enterprise IT professionals, providing a wide array of informative content and business services necessary to succeed in today's economy. At the core of the Network lies relevant content from the IDG family of trusted brands, including CIO, Computerworld, InfoWorld, JavaWorld, LinuxWorld, Network World, and UNIX Insider, as well as original editorial content from's award-winning editorial team. For more information, please see is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at

About, Inc., Inc. is the industry leader in providing software component products, services and resources that facilitate the rapid development of software systems for business. Through our component portal, provides an extensive marketplace of world-class JavaBeans, Enterprise JavaBeans, and COM components, the Flashline Component Manager(TM), quality assurance testing, auction-based component outsourcing, an open component registry, and programming articles and resources. As information technology evolves, Flashline continues to pioneer new component-based development tools and services so organizations can more quickly deliver quality products to market. Flashline is a privately held company based in Cleveland, Ohio.

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