The Beans Development Kit

Version 1.0 - March '98

Welcome to the Beans Development Kit (BDK)

See BDK changes for changes since previous releases of the BDK.

The Beans Development Kit (BDK) is intended to support the early development of JavaBeansTM components and to act as a standard reference base for both bean developers and tool vendors. The BDK provides a reference bean container, the "BeanBox" and a variety of reusable example source code (in the demo and beanbox subdirectories) for use by both bean developers and tools developers.

The BDK is not intended for use by application developers, nor is it intended to be a full-fledged application development environment. Instead application developers should check the various Java application development environments supporting JavaBeans.

System Requirements

This BDK 1.0 release requires you to have installed the Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.1. We recommend using JDK 1.1.4 (or later) as this fixes some GUI related bugs.

The BDK is qualified for Solaris 2.5, Windows 95, and Windows NT 4.0. However the BDK is "pure Java" and should run on any JDK 1.1 enabled system.

Licensing Information

Check the BDK Licensing Terms for terms and conditions governing the use and redistribution of the BDK.


And at our web site...

There is also additional information at our web site, including

Reporting problems.

If you encounter problems while running the BeanBox or while using the java.beans classes, please see the JavaSoft "Bug Report" page for instructions on how to submit a bug report.

Keeping in Touch

The JavaBeans Advisor is our monthly developer newsletter that provides up to the minute news and advice for JavaBeans developers. To receive the JavaBeans Advisor via e-mail, subscribe to the beans-info mailing list.

We maintain a low-volume mailing list for regular information about JavaBeans updates and events. To subscribe send email to:


In the body of the message, type:


Other resources for keeping in touch with the developments in the JavaBeans community, including a newsgroup, are available at our web site.

Java, JavaBeans, and JavaSoft are trademarks of Sun Microsystems Inc.

Copyright © 1996 Sun Microsystems, Inc., 2550 Garcia Ave., Mtn. View, CA 94043-1100 USA.
All rights reserved.