Duke schrijft: "Sun heeft de volgende stap gezet op weg naar Java 2 Platform 1.3. Na de eerste beta van November komen ze nu met de eerste Release Candidate. De snelheid is enorm toegenomen dankzij HotSpot en er zijn veel bugs gefixed in vooral Swing.":
The JavaTM 2 SDK, Standard Edition, v 1.3.0 RC1 is the near final release of this upgrade to J2SE v 1.2.2. This upgrade release includes both defect fixes as well as select new features. Library tuning throughout J2SE v 1.3.0 has improved overall usability. Noticeable performance improvements have been made in areas such as application startup time and memory footprint. Web deployment options have been further enhanced in Java Plug-in with the inclusion of the Applet Caching feature and Java Optional Package installation function. In addition, significant effort has been made to maintain compatibility with J2SE v 1.2.2. A summary of all the new features and other enhancements is available in the online Java 2 SDK documentation.
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