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UNIX NEWS

JDK (Java Development Kit) on HKUSUA system

We are pleased to announce the availability of the JDK (Java Developers Kit)
release 1.0.2 on the HKUSUA system. This JDK contains the necessary tools for
developing Java applications and Java applets that conform to the Java applet
API 1.0 (provided with the JDK).

Both Java applications and Java applets are written in the Java Programming
Language. A Java application is a complete program which is developed for
standalone running, e.g. the Java- enabled browser. A Java applet is quite
similar to a Java application except that an applet has to be run within a
Java-enabled browser, like the Netscape V2.0 on Sun Solistic 2.4 and Windows
95.

The JDK consists of the following components:

javac: the Java Language Compiler for compiling programs written in Java
Programming Language into bytecodes.

java: the Java Language Runtime for running programs written in Java
Programming Language.

jdb: the Java Language Debugger for finding and fixing bugs in Java programs.

javah: C header files and C stub files for a Java class; these files would
allow your code written in Java Programming Language to interact with
the program codes written in other languages like C.

javap: for disassembling compiled Java files.

javadoc: for generating API documentation in HTML format from Java source code.

appletviewer: for running applets without a using World-Wide Web browser.

To compile a Java program, its source program must be contained in a file with
".java" as the filename extension. For each class defined in the source
files which are passed to Java compiler, javac, it will store the resulting
bytecodes in a file named classname.class. By default, all the resulting



To compile a Java source program into Java bytecodes, invoke the command
"javac" at the system prompt of HKUSUA, as follows
javac <Java-source-program>

When the compilation is successful, the command "java" can then be issued at
the system prompt of HKUSUA to invoke the Java interpreter to translate and
execute the bytecodes, as follows:
java <classname>

For more information about the JDK, please refer to the
http://java.sun.com/JDK-1.0 web page.

T.Y. Kan
Tel: 28597979
E-mail: kty@cc.hku.hk


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FORTRAN 90 Compiler on HKURSC

The FORTRAN compiler on HKURSC system has recently been upgraded to version
3.2.2.

This upgraded version of FORTRAN compiler which can be invoked by the "xlf"
command is capable of compiling FORTRAN programs written in either FORTRAN 77
or FORTRAN 90 programming language.

In addition to FORTRAN 77 compatibility, the FORTRAN 90 programming language
provides a few new functions to facilitate development of scientific and
engineering programs. Such new features include Array operations, Structured
programming constructs, non-advancing input/output and recursive procedures.

The following example shows the comparison between the use of FORTRAN 90 array
operation for adding two arrays and the use of FORTRAN 77 language for the
same function.

FORTRAN 90 coding :

Real, dimension (5,6):::A,B,C
C=A+B

FORTRAN 77 coding :

Real A(5,6),B(5,6),C(5,6)
Do 100 i=1,5
Do 120 j=1,6
C(i,j)=A(i,j)+B(i,j)
120 Continue
100 Continue

For more information on this FORTRAN 90 compiler, please contact the
undersigned.


W.K. Kwan
Tel: 28597974
E-mail: hcxckwk@hkucc.hku.hk


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PC/MAC NEWS

HKUPPP Package for Macintosh and Windows 95

Computer Centre is pleased to announce that the HKUPPP packages for
Macintosh and Windows 95 are now available.


HKUPPP Package for Macintosh

The HKUPPP package for Macintosh includes the programs of FreePPP 1.0.5, NCSA
Telnet 2.7b4, Eudora Light 1.5.4, Netscape 1.1N, Fetch 3.0.1 and Newswatcher
2.1.2. Users are reminded that Fetch 3.0.1 is a 'shareware' which requires its
users to acquire a licence for regular use of the software. The information
about the latest version of Netscape can be obtained from the web site
http://www.netscape.com

The HKUPPP package for Macintosh and its Installation Guide can be downloaded
from the Centre's FTP server (ftp.hku.hk) under the directory
/pub/hkuppp/mac/. (Remember to use Macbinary mode to transfer the files.)
Alternatively, users can purchase the HKUPPP package for Macintosh and its
Installation Guide from the Centre's General Office, Room RR-223, at a nominal
cost of HK$20. There are two installation disks. Disk one have FreePPP, NCSA
Telnet, Netscape 1.1N and Disk two have Eudora Light, Fetch, Newswatcher.

The programs of the HKUPPP package are archived with self-extracting installer
using Aladdin's Stufflt Deluxe software. When a software of HKUPPP package is
downloaded, the user should double click the file and then click the
'continue' button to extract the software.

The minimum system requirements for installing the HKUPPP package for
Macintoshes (without Open Transport) are :
- 8M or more RAM
- MacTCP 2.0.6
- System 7.1.x or above and PC
- 10M harddisk free space

For further information or enquiries regarding this HKUPPP package for
Macintosh, please contact Mr. TY Lui of the undersigned.


HKUPPP Package for Windows 95

The HKUPPP package for Windows 95 includes the programs of Microsoft Dial-up
Networking, Microsoft Dial-up scripting tool, Eudora version 1.5.2, Netscape
1.1, EWAN Telnet V1.04, WS FTP version 951125 and NewsXpress version 2.0b0.
Some of these programs are shareware, please read the license file comes with
the package. The latest version of Netscape is obtainable from the web site
http://www.netscape.com.

The HKUPPP package for Windows 95 and its installation and user guide can be
downloaded from the Centre's FTP server (ftp.hku.hk) under the directory
/pub/hkuppp/win95/. (Remember to use Binary mode to transfer these files.).
Alternatively, users can purchase the HKUPPP package for Windows 95 and its
installation and user's guide from the Centre's General Office, Room RR-223 at
a nominal cost of HK$20.

The HKUPPP package for Windows 95 can be installed by following the
instructions in the installation guide. During the installation, original
Windows 95's diskettes or CDROM are required. If you have installed an
earlier version of HKUPPP package, please remove it before installing the new
package.

The minimum system requirements for installing the HKUPPP package for Windows
95 are; - 8M or more RAM - 486 DX2-66 or above computer - 10 Mbyte of free
harddisk space - Windows 95

For more information or enquiries regarding this HKUPPP package for Windows
95, please contact Mr. Alex Fan of the undersigned.

T.Y. Lui
Tel : 2859 8933
E-mail : hcxclty@hkucc.hku.hk

Alex Fan
Tel : 28052532
E-mail : alexfan@cc.hku.hk


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New and Upgraded Software for Machintosh Laboratory

A number of software packages for multimedia application development and
Chinese desktop publishing have been upgraded or installed in the Centre's
Macintosh Laboratory located at Room 104, Run Run Shaw Building. The
provision of the new and upgraded packages are summarised below.

New software installed

1. Authorware 2.0 and Authorware 3.0
These are popular multimedia application development software. They are
only installed and available on the PowerMac 7100/66AV in Room 104, Run Run
Shaw Building.

2. Director 4.0
This is another popular multimedia software. Two licences of the software
are provided and the software can be accessible from all PowerMac in Room
104, Run Run Shaw Building.

3. Chinese Desktop Publishing software which includes:

Claris Works 1.0 (traditional) (6 licences)
Chinese Language Kit 1.1 (6 licences) and
Pagemaker 4.5C (with Chinese Language Kit) (2 licences)
These programs can be accessible from PowerMac station No. M0 to M06 in Room
104, Run Run Shaw Building.

4. Phonetics programs provided by the Department of English which includes:

"Sounds of a Course in Phonetics" and
"Sounds of The World's Languages".
These two programs are available on all PowerMac stations in Room 104,
Run Run Building.

5. MacSPIRS 2.21
This program facilitates access to our University Library's Electronic
Reference Library (ERF) and is available on all Macintosh at Room 104, Run
Run Shaw Building.


Software Upgraded:

The following software has been upgraded:

1. Macromodel from version 1.5.2 to 1.5.3
2. Wordperfect from version 3.1 to 3.5
3. Fetch from version 2.1.2 to 3.0. and
4. Netscape from version 1.1 to 2.0
User of the Netscape version 2.0 for Macintosh should note the following
differences from those for the other system platforms:
. Unlike PCs and Unix workstations, the Macintosh mouse has only one button.
To go back to the previous 'frame', the user should first locate the mouse
within the current frame and then press the mouse button to pop up a menu
and select the 'back' option.
. Java is not supported.
. It is configured with the Shockwave for Director and the ViewMovie
Quicktime plug-in modules for playing Macromedia Director movies and
Quicktime movies through Internet.



T.Y.Lui
Tel:28592455
E-mail: hcxclty@hkucc.hku.hk


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Revised Annual Fee for SPSS software

We are pleased to announce that in line with the new licensing arrangement of
the SPSS software through JUCC (Joint Universities Computer Centres), the
annual fees for our users to use the SPSS software for PC, Windows and
Mac/PowerMac have been reduced. The new annual fee schedule for SPSS software
is summarised below :

SPSS/PC+ V5.0 (Renewal Date: April 1)

Module Annual Fee
(HK$ per PC)

Base $100.00
Professional Statistics $100.00
Advanced Statistics $100.00
Tables $100.00
Data Entry II $100.00
Graphics $100.00
Mapping $100.00
Trends $250.00
Categories $250.00
CHAID $250.00
Lisrel 7 $500.00


SPSS for Windows V.6.0/V.6.1 (Renewal Date: June 1)

Module Annual Fee
(HK$ per PC)

Base $100.00
Professional Statistics $100.00
Advanced Statistics $100.00
Tables $100.00
Trends $250.00
Categories $250.00
CHAID $250.00
Lisrel 7 $500.00

SPSS for Macintosh/Power Macintosh V.6.0 (Renewal Date: May 1)

Module Annual Fee
(HK$ per Mac/PowerMac)

Base $1,500.00
Professional Statistics $1,000.00
Advanced Statistics $1,000.00


Users who need to acquire or renew the software should send the departmental
requisition forms directly to Computer Centre . For further information on
SPSS software licenses, please contact our Ms Kitty Ng at 2859 2491 or the
Computer Centre's General Office, Room 223, Run Run Shaw Building.
Information on the annual fee and manual pricing is also available through the
Campus Wide Information Service (CWIS).


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Reduction in Maintenance Charge for Microcomputer Systems

Computer Centre is pleased to announce that there will be a reduction in
maintenance charge with effect from July 1, 1996 on microcomputers and their
peripherals which are supported by the in-house Maintenance Team of the
Computer Centre . The models of microcomputers that will benefit from this
price reduction include 486PC, Macintosh and especially on Pentium. The aim
of Computer Centre's in-house maintenance service is to provide cost
effective and efficient hardware maintenance support to the large and ever
growing population of microcomputer equipment of the University. The
reduction in maintenance charge is possible because there has been price
reduction for some spare parts, especially the CPU board, hard disks and
memory boards and more users are joining the maintenance. We believe that the
price is very attractive to all users and departments. If you are interested
in joining this service, please contact Miss Heti Cheng at 2859 2491.

The new maintenance charges of the common microcomputer systems are summarized
below:

Annual Maintenance Charge HK$

Pentium

Pentium P5 90/100 MHz w/256KB Cache Memory, 725.00
16MB or below Memory, VGA Display Card,
2 Floppy Drives & Controller and 1GB Hard Disk or below

486 PC

486DX Compatible -- 33MHz/40MHz/DX2-66MHz 480.00
w/256KB Cache Memory with 8M or below Memory,
VGA Display Card, 2 Floppy Drives & Controller and
1GB Hard Disk or below

PC Monitor

Super VGA 14" Color Monitor 130.00

Macintosh

Mac LC III/475/575/630 System 400.00
with 8MB or below Memory, 14" Color Monitor, Apple Keyboard/II
and 350MB Hard Disk or below

Power Macintosh 8100/80 or 8100/100 System 1,300.00

Comprehensive information on the equipment that are supported by our in-house
Maintenance Team and the maintenance charge are obtainable on CWIS through the
University Campus Network (under the "Computer Centre " section).

Idy Tang
Tel: 2859 2491
E-mail: kytang@cc.hku.hk


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STAFF NEWS

We are pleased to welcome the following new staff to Computer Centre as
Assistant Computer Officers:

Mrs Mabel Chau obtained her Bachelor Degree in Science from the University of
New York and studied Computer Science in the Queen's University, Canada. She
is now performing quality assurance works in Computer Centre .

Mr David Kong and Mr Lee Yau Tat, Thomas are both graduates from The
University of Hong Kong and obtained their B.Eng (Computer Engineering)
degrees and M.Sc. (Computer Science) degrees in 1994 and 1996 respectively.
Mr Kong is now supporting the finance application development projects of the
Centre whereas Mr Lee is now working in the PC and Network Team.

Mr Woo Chat Ming is a graduate from The Hong Kong University of Science and
Technology and obtained his B.Engg.(Hons) Degree in Computer Science in 1995.
He is now working in the User Services Team of the Academic Support Group.

Besides, Mr Chan Kwok Pui, William (Computer Officer) and Mr K C Kong
(Assistant Computer Officer) have left the Centre during the year. Mr Sin Tak
Yuen, Samson has returned to the Department of Computer Science after almost
four years of secondment to Computer Centre .


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TRAINING NEWS

Microcomputer Software Workshops


This summer, Computer Centre is organising workshops on the use of three
popular software, MS Excel 5.0, MS Word 6.0 and WordPerfect for Windows. These
workshops are intended to provide an in-depth hands-on training in the use of
the software. The schedules of the workshops are:

Workshop No.

Title

Venue

Date

W0180196MS Excel 5.0 LBO-135 Old Library Bldg July 19, 1996 (Friday)
July 23, 1996 (Tuesday)
July 25, 1996 (Thursday)
W0180296MS Word 6.0RR-101Run Run Shaw BldgAugust 12, 1996 (Monday)
August 13, 1996 (Tuesday)
August 14, 1996 (Wednesday)
W0180396WordPerfect for WindowsLBO-135 Old Library Bldg August 21, 1996 (Wednesday)
August 22, 1996 (Thursday)
August 23, 1996 (Friday)


Since the workshops are organised with an outside organisation, the C & D
Computer Ltd., there will be a nominal charge of HK$360 per participant.
Interested persons should read the general information below before completing
the registration form and return it to Computer Centre for the enrolment
of courses.



General information:

- The workshops will be conducted in English and there will be two sessions on
each day of the workshops: from 10:00a.m. to 12:30p.m. and from 2:00
p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

- Registration should be made with the attached registration form.

- Registration form should be sent to Computer Centre with attention to Ms
Sarah Tam (Room 223, Run Run Shaw Buildig). Registration by fax is acceptable
(Fax number: 2559 7904).

- Enrolment is limited to staff and students of the University only, and the
maximum number of participants for workshop held in Room 135, Old Library
Building is 25 and for workshops held in Room 101, Run Run Shaw Building is
20.

- Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail or telephone, and will be
asked to confirm their registrations at least one week before the
commencement of the workshop. Payment should be made in cash or cheque
(Payable to University of Hong Kong), or through departmental requisition
(for applicants supported by department). Once accepted, the fees are not
refundable. However, substitution of participant is possible by written
notification to the Centre.

- For any enquiries, please contact Ms Sarah Tam (Tel: 2859 2491) or Mr W K
Kwan (Tel: 2859 7974, E-mail: hcxckwk@hkucc.hku.hk)


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UIS Annual Leave System Course for Departmental Leave Administrators

Computer Centre has developed a software system for the management of
annual leave application and records for staff in the University. It will
automatically generate a year-end summary report of the annual leave balance
of the staff of a department according to the requirement of the Registry. An
up-to-date leave balance for all staff is also maintained by the system.

The Annual Leave System is evolved as an application under the UIS. It
provides the facilities for staff to apply and cancel leave, and for the
department head or his delegated authority to approve and reject leave
applications through networked PCs. Staff in a department can check through
the system the leave of absence of other colleagues in the same department.

In order to make use of the system, a department head must nominate one or
more staff in his department to act as the Annual Leave Administrator who will
be who will be in charge of the system, e.g. to register the initial leave
balance of a new staff with the Annual Leave System. Nominations of annual
leave administrators should be made by filling in the "UIS application form -
department head proxy application" and return it to Computer Centre .

Two workshops, namely the Beginner Course and Refresher Course, for Annual
leave Administrators of departments will be conducted in the summer to provide
training for the leave administrators.

Course No : C0112796 - Beginner Course for UIS Departmental Leave Administrators
Departments which are new to the system or have missed the training course
last year should attend this course. The course will cover all functions
offered by the system with hands-on training.

Course No : C0112797 - Refresher Course for UIS Departmental Leave
Administrators
Departments which are already using the system are invited to attend the
refresher course. The course will not go into the fine details of using the
system as the administrators should be familiar with the day to day running
of the system. Instead, the course will give a brief overview of the system,
followed with a question-and-answer session for the queries that
administrators might have in using the system.


Course No. Title Date/Time Venue

C0113296 Beginner Course for UIS July 17, 1996 Old Library Building
Departmental Leave 2:300 pm-5:30 pm first floor, LBO-135
Administrators

C0113396 Refresher Course for UIS July 18, 1996 Old Library Building
Departmental Leave 3:00 pm-5:00 pm first floor, LBO-135
Administrators


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le Date/Time Venue

C0113296 Beginner Course for UIS July 17, 1996 Old Library Building
Departmental Leave 2:300 pm-5:30 pm first floor, LBO-135
Administrators

C0113396 Refresher Course for UIS July 18, 1996 Old Library Building
Departmental Leave 3:00 pm-5:00 pm first floor, LBO-135
Administrators


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