Monday, August 30, 2004

InferData Offers Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF) Training Course

InferData Offers Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF) Training Course
InferData Ltd. announced today that they have developed a new training course that utilizes proven accelerated learning techniques, and simply takes the mystery out of creating superior Eclipse version 3.0 plugins.

The Eclipse Foundation describes its focal point as an open platform for tool integration built by an open community of tool providers. Eclipse 3.0 has now also emerged as an excellent platform to build any rich client application. Operating under an open source paradigm, with a common public license that provides royalty free source code and worldwide redistribution rights, the eclipse platform provides tool developers with ultimate flexibility and control over their software technology.

InferData’s Vice President, Petter Graff, commenting on the new course said "The Eclipse Platform is designed for building integrated development environments (IDEs) that can be used to create applications as diverse as web sites, embedded Java programs, C++ programs, and Enterprise JavaBeans. Now with version 3.0, eclipse has become a viable framework for any software application." He added, "Our courses are primarily targeted at software architects and developers. Our new 3-day EMF course complements our existing 5-day eclipse plugin class. The Eclipse Modeling Framework makes it possible for high quality plugins, using the Model Driven Architecture (MDA) approach. Our courses cover the whole spectrum of writing a plugin for the platform. We use a highly hands-on approach, with programming labs constituting about 60 percent of the course content."

Incorporating a comprehensive and compelling introduction to this topic, the Eclipse Modeling Framework course features unique tips and techniques that are used to apply MDA for the benefit of eclipse developers.

Read complete article. . .

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Actuate joins Eclipse with plans to add BI to Java IDE

Actuate joins Eclipse with plans to add BI to Java IDE

Actuate is joining the Eclipse Foundation as a strategic developer to spearhead the creation of business intelligence and reporting tools for the open-source Java IDE.

Actuate and Eclipse announced the Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) project at a news conference at the Actuate International User Conference held this week in Los Angeles.

Java programmers need BIRT because most are hand-coding BI and reporting into their business applications, says Mark Coggins, senior VP of engineering at Actuate. Putting free, downloadable XML-based BI and reporting tools on the Eclipse Web site would save Java developers time and money, he adds.

At the Webcast press conference announcing BIRT, officials from Eclipse and Actuate acknowledged this open-source project has potential benefits for them as well.

Mike Milinkovich, executive director of Eclipse, calls better reporting tools for developers a 'logical extension' of Eclipse's mission to provide open-source tools and technologies for developers. Although Eclipse claims a majority of Java programmers are using its IDE, Milinkovich sees BIRT boosting his organization's membership roles.

Read complete article. . .

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

IBM offers Java coders free runtime for Linux and tool previews

IBM offers Java coders free runtime for Linux and tool previews

Seeking to win over Java coders working on Linux, IBM is making its Java Runtime Environment (JRE) for Linux available as a free download on its developerWorks Web site. Java developers can also download the latest version of the open-source Eclipse SDK from the same site.

'This makes it easier for developers to work with Eclipse,' says Gina Poole, IBM vice president developer marketing and Web communities for ISV and developer relations. 'In the past, Java developers would have to download Eclipse from Eclipse.org and then go to Sun and download the Java runtime environment. We're making it easier for them by putting both together.'

It also makes it easier for developers learning Eclipse and Linux to eventually move up to more sophisticated IBM tools, including those in its WebSphere Studio, Tivoli and Rational product families, Poole explains.

In announcing the free developerWorks offer, IBM cites IDC projections that Linux will run on 25 million desktops by 2007 -- good news for Big Blue's marketing strategy that bets heavily on the not-from-Microsoft OS. However, Poole points out that a version of the development package, including the IBM JRE, is available for Microsoft Windows, giving developers the option of working with Microsoft products.

IBM's Eclipse development package is available in the developerWorks Java Zone at http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/java/jdk/eclipse. For Linux developers interested in more sophisticated IBM tools, they can order a free Linux Software Evaluation Kit DVD at http://ibm.com/developerWorks/speed . The kit includes trial versions of WebSphere Studio Application Developer as well as versions of IBM DB2, WebSphere and Tivoli middleware for Linux.

Read complete article. . .

Nuclear science group develops Eclipse-based app on Linux

Nuclear science group develops Eclipse-based app on Linux

In what appears to be a coup for the IBM-born Eclipse open source Java development framework, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (Ansto) has started using it to build a Linux-based desktop application for controlling laboratory instrumentation.

Ansto’s IT project manager Nick Hauser said having been through the design phase, development of the application – called Gumtree - has started and is due for completion in two years.

“Once complete the application will allow neutron beam instrumentation experiments to be performed locally or remotely,” Hauser said. “But researchers won’t be able to access reactor components remotely, only the instruments are available.”

Ansto will have the “normal security arrangements” to stop people getting into the network, according to Hauser.

The Gumtree application is being developed as part of the $330 million replacement research reactor and the neutron beam instruments is the scientific arm of the project.

Ansto’s IT department is providing the technology infrastructure to operate instruments and collect and analyze data.

Hauser’s team of four researchers is using Linux and the open source Eclipse to develop the desktop application in Sydney with the server application being customized for the project in conjunction with the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland and the European Synchrotron Radiation facility. Hauser hopes that Australian Synchrotron will also join the project.

“We’re using extreme programming principles, which is part of the development spiral, and we have an architecture in place,” he said.

“The idea is that it could be used in a scientific distributed system where there are a multitude of devices, for example, telescopes. We may open source the resulting application and put it on Sourceforge. We are in discussion with our legal department about this.”

Hauser described Eclipse as “awesome” and said the rich client platform came out about the same time his team was deciding on the client technology.

“Initially, we were going to write a Java client from scratch, but there is so much of a value-add with Eclipse which is powerful,” he said. “For free software, it is great and low on bugs.”

Hauser said the software algorithms aren’t that complex, but the data set sizes range from one kilobyte to tens of gigabytes which lends itself to relying on computer grids.

“We would love to get into APAC’s national grid program but Ansto’s not that well connected in that area,” he said. “When a grid appears on the local scene we will be able to move data around.”

When asked if Ansto has any plans to build its own supercomputer to assist with its calculations, Hauser said: “We’re not in the business of computing.”

As part of a “greenfield” IT implementation at the new reactor, Ansto will deploy Cisco networking equipment and new servers which are yet to be chosen. The new software will then be deployed.

Ansto is now seeking local research partners for the Gumtree project and is looking for people with data analysis skills for its upcoming data analysis project.

Read complete article. . .

Actuate-Eclipse Union To Shed New Light On Business Reporting

Actuate-Eclipse Union To Shed New Light On Business Reporting

Business intelligence software vendor Actuate Tuesday said it has teamed with the Eclipse Foundation on a project to build an open-source business reporting tool.

Actuate, South San Francisco, joined Eclipse, the open-source tools group spun off from IBM earlier this year, as a strategic developer and board member.

As part of its membership, Actuate will act as the lead on the new Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) project, the goal of which is to build a business reporting tool on the open-source Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE), said Mark Coggins, senior vice president of engineering at Actuate. Actuate will contribute at least seven engineers to work on BIRT, a requirement of strategic developer membership with Eclipse.

BIRT was published for community review Tuesday and is now in a 30-day review cycle, during which community members can provide feedback on the project, Coggins said. By Sept. 24, the project should be accepted by Eclipse and a charter for the project announced. At that point developers on the project will begin building the BIRT tool, he said.

Once complete, BIRT will provide developers with a free, open-source tool that can enable J2EE applications with built-in business-reporting capability, Coggins said. BIRT also will add business-reporting capability to the Eclipse open-source IDE, a popular development framework that racks up about 10,000 downloads a day from the eclipse.org Web site, according to the Eclipse Foundation.

Joe Lindsay, CTO with Costa Mesa, Calif.-based solution provider eBuilt, said if BIRT achieves what Actuate and Eclipse are planning, it "could be really cool."

"I used Actuate [in the past] and found their product an innovative reporting solution, and they are well qualified to help deliver what Eclipse BIRT promises," Lindsay said.

Read complete article. . .


Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Trilog Group Ships FlowBuilder 3.5; Tears Down the Wall between Domino and J2EE

Trilog Group Ships FlowBuilder 3.5; Tears Down the Wall between Domino and J2EE

Trilog Group, Inc., a pioneer in rapid development frameworks and tools that open the door to J2EE for Lotus Notes developers, today announced the general availability of version 3.5 of its flagship product called FlowBuilder. FlowBuilder 3.5 is an integrated J2EE development framework, based on a powerful Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) that reproduces the Domino development model and developer experience for open-standards platforms. This similarity enables Domino shops to leverage their existing developer resources as they implement a J2EE or portal strategy, saving the time and expense of staff retraining (or replacement), and avoiding the decline in development productivity that often accompanies Java projects.

"FlowBuilder 3.5 tears down the wall between the Domino community and the J2EE community. Simply put, we're enabling 700,000-plus active Domino developers to build solutions for IBM Lotus Workplace or IBM WebSphere using their existing skills and without going through the painful J2EE learning curve. This is a huge win for Trilog, IBM and the Domino community," said Alex Homsi, CEO, Trilog Group. "Beyond the benefits to the Domino community, FlowBuilder plugs directly into Eclipse to offer J2EE developers unparalleled productivity and ease of integration through an innovative SOA-based visual assembly model and a very rich framework for building complex collaborative applications. Unifying the collaborative development model across Java and Domino development teams will provide organizations with significant economies and improved quality."

FlowBuilder 3.5 benefits developers in three new ways. First, FlowBuilder includes a visual representation of the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) for intuitive point-and-click integration of Web services. Building on FlowBuilder's powerful SOA, this capability provides integrated support for the Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) registry to provide dynamic discovery of business services using the Web Services Description Language (WSDL). To implement these business services, FlowBuilder automatically generates forms and portlets from the WSDL, and integrates role-based security through its organization modeling capability. The result is seamless choreography of Web Services and FlowBuilder's native component services.

Second, FlowBuilder 3.5 includes a new Eclipse plug-in that makes the entire framework available as an Eclipse perspective for Java developers. FlowBuilder's core XSP Studio is still available as a standalone lightweight IDE, but the Eclipse integration allows Java developers to reach unparalleled productivity levels by seamlessly reusing FlowBuilder's rich framework services and components.

Third, FlowBuilder's automated Notes application migration capabilities have been augmented with the addition of an automated application migration analysis tool. This tool enables an organization to examine the XML description of its existing Domino applications and to categorize those applications based on complexity. FlowBuilder's migration estimator and methodology then enable the user to more accurately estimate the time required to migrate selected applications to their target J2EE platforms.

FlowBuilder 3.5 also includes many other feature enhancements, such as improved transaction control and cache management for XML documents stored in a relational database, new pre-built visual "beans" to automate specific functions, such as for document initialization, and improved server performance. These new capabilities add significant value to FlowBuilder's foundation, which includes advanced portlet development capabilities and automated Notes application migration capabilities. FlowBuilder's dual servlet/portlet architecture enables any FlowBuilder application to be published as a portlet through IBM WebSphere Portal or IBM Lotus Workplace with just simple configuration and no further development, taking full advantage of the advanced capabilities of these platforms, including session sharing, portlet messaging, and click to action.

FlowBuilder's Migration Wizard converts Notes design elements into the FlowBuilder framework, and then expresses them in Java. FlowBuilder automatically converts Notes forms, subforms, views, and view categories, as well as Notes formulas, rich text, the security model, and all of the application's data, documents, and attachments. While any LotusScript may need to be rewritten, FlowBuilder's graphical tools eliminate the need for scripting for many functions, such as to implement complex workflows and dynamic tables.

FlowBuilder 3.5 includes many other new features and capabilities; for a complete listing please visit www.triloggroup.com.

Read complete article. . .

IBM Awards Grants to Academics Developing Eclipse Applications

IBM Awards Grants to Academics Developing Eclipse Applications
In an effort to rally global support for Eclipse development, IBM has awarded to four professors in the Australia and New Zealand region individual grants ranging from $50,000 to $65,000. Part of IBMs Eclipse Innovation Grants Program, the awards are in recognition of individuals who have made innovative and creative contributions to Eclipse development.

The Eclipse Grants Program awarded, or is due to award, 70 such grants world-wide. Unlike initiatives that provide rewards for the creation of usable applications, IBM's support is geared at propagating 'innovation' in developmental technology. Most especially on the academic level.

IBM's general manager in Australia, Tony Best, elaborated on the company's special emphasis on education. "Developers must be given the support and latitude to learn from trial and error. By providing ongoing investment in open source software development, IBM is ensuring Australia plays a substantial part in shaping the future of global software development," he said.

In October 2004, IBM is sponsoring an Eclipse Innovation Workshop where the four teachers will be able to present their work.

The award recipients were as follows:

* Professor Anthony Sloan, Macquarie University
* Professor Stephen Blackburn, Australian National University
* Professor James Noble, Professor Robert Biddle from Victoria University of Wellington

Read complete article. . .

Friday, August 20, 2004

IBM tightening Eclipse, Java, Linux links

IBM tightening Eclipse, Java, Linux links

IBM on Thursday announced the release of a free tools bundle for Eclipse to make it easier to deploy Java applications on Linux.

The package features the latest Eclipse open source SDK from eclipse.org, which is Version 3.0, plus the IBM Java Runtime Environment for Linux. This combination enables developers to build, test, and deploy Java applications with IBM's runtime, according to IBM.

"In addition to developing your app using the Eclipse SDK, you can now also take them into production and run on the Linux OS," said Gina Poole, IBM vice president for developer marketing and Web communities for ISV and developer relations.

Previously, developers had to download the SDK and runtime separately. "Now, we've made it much simpler. You can get both of them at the same time," Poole said.

Including the runtime with Eclipse also would help developers make the transition, if they choose, to more feature-rich commercial IBM developer tools bearing the WebSphere or Rational nameplates, because the runtime is the same, according to Poole. The Eclipse development package is available at http://www.ibm.com/developerwor ks/java/jdk/eclipse/.

An analyst cited IBM's self-interest in offering the package.

"In general, this is following a definite, and well thought-out, plan by IBM to help seed the market by increasing the common set of tools that Linux and Java developers have to build applications that would in turn leverage IBM's core product and services set," said Ronald Schmelzer, senior analyst at ZapThink, in an email response to questions.

"The latest announcement furthers (IBM's) goal of advancing the 'state of the art' within the Linux and Java communities, and definitely will make it easier for IBM to sell technology such as WebSphere to the Linux audience while making it more difficult for other competitors with focused, niche, and developer-level products to sell theirs," Schmelzer said.

IBM also is offering a new version of its Linux Software Evaluation Kit DVD that includes updated trial versions of middleware such as DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, and Tivoli. The kit can be ordered from http://ibm.com/develop erWorks/speed/.

Read complete article. . .

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

IBM releases Websphere business tool

IBM releases Websphere business tool

IBM has introduced Websphere Business Integration Modeler 5, an integration and development tool for modelling the flow of business processes.

IBM said users are presented with a high-level view of how proposed IT operations will roll-out. This can then be used to tweak implementations.

The tool is based on Eclipse, a universal open source software tool platform, which IBM said could be integrated into an existing architecture. It uses Business Process Execution Language, an XML-based open standard for defining how to combine web services for business processes.

It will provide support for Websphere Business Integration Server Foundation, Websphere MQ message queuing software and Rational Rose XDE development tools.

Read complete article. . .

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

ACCUREV ANNOUNCES ACCUREV 3.5, NEW VERSION OF ITS BREAKTHROUGH SOFTWARE CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

ACCUREV ANNOUNCES ACCUREV 3.5, NEW VERSION OF ITS BREAKTHROUGH SOFTWARE CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

AccuRev(R), Inc. today announced the release of AccuRev 3.5, a new and enhanced version of its breakthrough software configuration management (SCM) system that provides developers and administrators with increased flexibility and functionality for complex, enterprise-wide software development projects. Among the new features of AccuRev 3.5 are change packages and full integration with the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE).

AccuRev 3.5 is built on AccuRev's unique, stream-based architecture, which overcomes the inadequacies of other file-based software configuration management systems. AccuRev's enhanced StreamBrowser(TM) provides a comprehensive, graphical view of the entire project, including all streams or branches, snapshots or baselines, workspaces, and other elements. This new release provides functionality to further enable massively parallel development projects and many simultaneous releases, helping time-pressured developers manage multiple changes to the same software. AccuRev's TimeSafe(R) technology assures that any state of the project is always available, no matter the number of developers working on the project or the number of tracked items involved.

"AccuRev continues to lead the movement for innovation in the SCM market, delivering new capabilities that extend the boundaries of software configuration management," said Damon Poole, CTO and founder of AccuRev. "AccuRev's stream-based architecture is the first breakthrough in software configuration in more than 20 years, and with this new release, we're providing greater functionality and flexibility that developers need to manage today's complex, multi-platform e-business projects."

The new change packages functionality with instant verification provides improved tracking capabilities, and addresses the enterprise need to boost efficiencies locally or closely manage offshore projects. With change packages, developers can easily track changes that have been applied to a particular development effort from project to project, across releases or teams, with greater insight.

"Kronos has a large development team with hundreds of users, including remote developers, who need to work in true parallel development," said John Morris, Director of Quality and Release Engineering at Kronos, Incorporated, an AccuRev 3.5 beta user. "With the new features in AccuRev 3.5, we are able to tightly integrate source control with our project tracking application and eliminate hundreds of hours per year of manual cross-correlation work."

AccuRev now integrates with Eclipse, Sun Java Studio, NetBeans, MS Visual Studio (.NET) and Rational Rose. This complete IDE and tool support enables more developers to work more seamlessly across a broader range of platforms.

The new features of AccuRev 3.5 strengthen AccuRev's built-in best practices, the essential processes that help maximize efficiency and minimize disruption through all stages of a software project. With these best practices, AccuRev enables large enterprise development teams to more efficiently create, modify and maintain highly complex development projects with ease.

Read complete article. .. .

Friday, August 13, 2004

IBM process modeller backs BPEL

IBM process modeller backs BPEL

Version 5 of IBM’s WebSphere Business Integration Modeler can export models in Business Process Execution Language (BPEL), which is expected to become an XML-based standard for implementing business processes using web services.

IBM's director of WebSphere Business Integration Rachel Helm said the BPEL support meant, for example, that different departments could share business process models.

"It is one of the first modelling tools to be producing a BPEL file type, and that’s strong because we think is and will be the dominant business process orchestration description language," said Meta Group analyst Janelle Hill. "As the style for developing applications increasingly moves to web service-oriented architectures, BPEL will be the standard by which a programmer describes how to sequence the web services themselves."

Helm said the IBM tool provided a view of the network execution of business processes such as customer service, claims processing or supply chain management, allowing users to look for efficiencies, detect slowdowns and respond faster to customer demand and changing market conditions.

"It is focused on enabling line-of-business users to model their business processes and do simulations," she said.

Because the program is built on top of the Eclipse workbench, it supports services such as source code management, with users checking model assets in and out. Hill said IBM was using Eclipse to provide a consistent look and feel for its tools.

Version 5 can also import Visio diagrams that document business processes, as well as middleware-generated and Unified Modeling Language (UML) 2 models.

However, Hill added that Meta had had a lot of trouble finding anybody actually using the program and said IBM had failed to supply a demo of the product, as promised, showing film clips instead.

According to IBM, there are 250 customer sites worldwide using WebSphere Business Integration Modeler.

Read complete article. . .

Thursday, August 12, 2004

IBM boost for process modelling

IBM boost for process modelling

The company has announced version 5 of its WebSphere Business Integration Modeler, which can be used to map complex supply chain and customer service operations. IBM said the program's extensive web services and other integration technologies gave corporate developers greater flexibility in supporting more comprehensive workflows.

Because it is based on the Eclipse open-source developer framework, the program can be tied more easily to existing software. It also supports the XML-based Business Process Execution Language standard, which will enable developers to use web services when modelling business processes.

The product interoperates with WebSphere MQ application messaging, Rational Rose XDE development tools, and the WebSphere Business Integration Server Foundation platform for building and deploying composite applications.

IBM said the open architecture would let the software work with existing content created with Microsoft's Visio diagram tool, which handles tasks such as website mapping.

Star Alliance, a network of 15 airlines, is already deploying version 5 to support collaboration among its members, despite geographic and cultural differences.

WebSphere Business Integration Modeler 5 is available from this week at a starting price of $1,250 (�688).

Read complete article. . .

IBM's WebSphere helps automate and improve operations

IBM's WebSphere helps automate and improve operations
IBM WebSphere Business Integration Modeler Version 5 can help companies establish a more detailed roadmap of their business operations. It makes it possible for company management to visualize, design and chart the various operations of their organizations, providing a means for evaluating performance and modifying processes in cases where slow downs or flaws are detected. WebSphere Business Integration Modeler is the only modeling tool built to open standards and based on Eclipse, a universal open source software tool platform, which means it can easily be integrated an organization’s existing architecture. The software is based on BPEL (Business Process Execution Language), an XML-based open standard for defining how to combine Web services to implement business processes, and provides support for WebSphere Business Integration Server Foundation, WebSphere MQ message queuing software and Rational Rose XDE development tools. This open architecture allows customers to work with existing content they may have based on standards like XML or product content like Microsoft Visio, and extend it using WebSphere Business Integration Modeler’s simulation and modeling capabilities. Pricing starts at $1,250 USD and includes one year of maintenance support.

For more information, visit http:// www.ibm.com/ondemand.

Read complete article. . .

IBM Lotus pair collaboration and programming strengths

IBM Lotus pair collaboration and programming strengths
IBM's Lotus Software group strutted its R&D stuff this week, showing off nascent 'Jazz' team collaboration tools for the Eclipse programming environment.

The Lotus team, working with IBM's Rational group, is building in-context collaboration onto the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE), said John Patterson, an IBM distinguished engineer.

The project, under way for two years, puts a 'Jazz Band' at the bottom of the Eclipse UI, showing photos of relevant team members, along with icons showing if they are online at any given time. Hovering over the photo is a list of the subject's projects. Clicking on the photo initiates a chat session.

Research Scientist Li-Te Cheng demonstrated live code earlier this week, illustrating how colour coded references show which team member has code checked out.

Changes made to the code are colour coded for tracking purposes. A team manager can also 'look over the shoulder' of any programmer remotely to see what he or she is doing.

Read complete article. . .

Lotus 'Jazz' To Pair collaboration, programming perks in Eclipse IDE

Lotus 'Jazz' To Pair collaboration, programming perks in Eclipse IDE
IBM's Lotus Software group strutted its R&D stuff Wednesday, showing off nascent 'Jazz' team collaboration tools for the Eclipse programming environment.

The Lotus team, working with IBM's Rational group, is building 'in-context' collaboration onto the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE), said John Patterson, an IBM Distinguished Engineer working out of the Lotus facility here in Cambridge, Mass.

The project, under way for two years, puts a 'Jazz Band' at the bottom of the Eclipse UI, showing photos of relevant team members, along with icons showing if they are on line at any given time. Hovering over the photo gives the viewer a list of the subject's projects. Clicking on the photo initiates a chat session.

Research Scientist Li-Te Cheng demonstrated live code Wednesday, illustrating how color-coded references show which team member has code checked out at any time. Changes that member makes to the code are color-coded for tracking purposes. A team manager can also 'look over the shoulder' of any programmer remotely to see what he or she is doing.

Read complete article. . .

IBM Shows Off Next-Generation Collaboration Software

IBM Shows Off Next-Generation Collaboration Software

IBM is developing next-generation collaboration software that goes beyond communications to emphasize activity-management capabilities. Some of the new technology, which executives previewed Wednesday at IBM's Lotus division headquarters in Cambridge, Mass., will be built into its Workplace messaging and collaboration software and Eclipse development tools.

"Activities will be as fundamental to future IT as transactions were in earlier generations of IT," said Mike Rhodin, Lotus development and technical support VP.

As hierarchical business structures become more decentralized, work increasingly will be organized around projects and activities, and tools will be needed to coordinate those activities, said MIT professor Thomas Malone, author of The Future Of Work, who also spoke at Wednesday's conference.

Customers are especially interested in IBM's software-integration efforts. Prudential Financial Inc. runs some 4,000 Notes applications, IBM WebSphere middleware, the WebSphere portal, and Workplace collaboration applications. "We as a company need to try to knit those applications, services, and tools together to better serve our customers," Michael Boatwright, Prudential Financial's corporate information technology VP, said at the conference.

The first tangible results of IBM's development work will be a new Workplace user interface called Activity Explorer that lists a user's projects and makes it easier for co-workers to share documents, PowerPoint presentations, and other project-related materials. For example, a user can drag an icon onto a co-worker's name from an instant-messaging system's buddy list, giving that person the ability to view and edit project materials.

Activity Explorer will also provide a screen activity tool that workers use to take snapshots of computer screens and share them with co-workers. A technology preview of Activity Explorer will be available in about a month, and Activity Explorer will be part of Workplace 2.5, which is due out by year's end.

IBM also demonstrated team collaboration software for the Eclipse development environment. Called Jazz, the software interface provides a list of development team members and their photos, indicates if they are online, and lists each member's projects. With the interface, users can initiate chat sessions with other team members. It even shows what code a programmer has checked out of a central repository to work on.

Jazz is being jointly developed by Lotus and Rational and will likely find its way into Rational development products. No timetable for its availability has been set.

IBM also demonstrated new E-mail technology that identifies messages from the same person or that are part of an E-mail string. Project manager Dan Gruen said picking out important messages from the huge volume of E-mail workers get is a growing problem. The prototype software also scans mail for notes about possible appointments and helps users add the information to their calendars. No date has been set for releasing the technology as a product.

That's the kind of built-in intelligence Boatwright is looking for in desktop tools. "There's just too much information, too much mail, too much stuff the employee has to deal with right now," he said. "That's our No. 1 challenge."

Read complete article. . .

Monday, August 09, 2004

"We View Cloudscape As Important As Eclipse," Says IBM

LinuxWorld, San Francisco: "We View Cloudscape As Important As Eclipse," Says IBM
IBM already embeds Cloudscape in many of its Java products. 'We have 100 Java products,' said Scott Handy, IBM's director of world-wide Linux strategy and market development. The majority of those products already had Cloudscape embedded. This includes Tivoli, WebSphere, and IBM Workplace.

This is clearly viewed as an important move by IBM. 'We view this as important as Eclipse,' said Handy, referring to the wildly popular Java-based development environment.

Read complete article. . .

Friday, August 06, 2004

13 from IBM -- Wireless, liveCDs, Cloudscape, SSL, Java, Eclipse. . .

13 from IBM -- Wireless, liveCDs, Cloudscape, SSL, Java, Eclipse. . .

IBM has published the following technical articles, tutorials, and downloads on its developerWorks Website. They cover a range of interesting (though not necessarily embedded) technical topics. Some require free registration. Enjoy . . .


Read complete article. . .

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Gelato joins FSG, announces Eclipse 3.0 Itanium port

Gelato joins FSG, announces Eclipse 3.0 Itanium port

The Gelato Federation, a global research community formed by HP in March, 2002 to promote open source software around the Intel Itanium 64-bit architecture, has joined the Free Standards Group (FSG), and has ported the Eclipse 3.0 IDE (integrated development environment) to Itanium.

The Free Standards Group is a body of corporations and non-profit organizations promoting free standards. It was created by the May, 2000 merger of the Linux Standards Base (LSB) and the Linux Internationalization Initiative (LI18NUX).

According to Gelato director Mark K. Smith, Gelato intends to be a proactive member of the FSG that will encourage its members -- which include 30 institutional members representing dozens of spots in the Top500 -- to "make their Linux-Itanium software compliant with the Linux Standards Base (LSB), the prevailing Linux standard."

"Gelato’s mission to facilitate the development of open-source software infrastructure for Linux on the Itanium 2 platform is very consistent with FSG’s goals to ensure that Linux applications and platforms work together seamlessly," Smith adds.

Eclipse 3.0 for Itanium

As its first formal collaboration with FSG, Gelato engineers have successfully ported Eclipse 3.0 to the Linux-Itanium platform. The popular open-source IDE, including source, binary, and all newly rebuilt dependencies, is now available on the Gelato portal, ready to run on any LSB-compliant IA64 system with a properly installed Java Virtual Machine, according to Gelato.

Gelato Engineer Kevin Cernekee of the University of Illinois will be demonstrate Eclipse 3.0 running on an HP Itanium system at this week's LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco.

Read complete article. . .

Gelato Joins FSG & Ports Eclipse 3.0 to Linux-Itanium

Gelato Joins FSG & Ports Eclipse 3.0 to Linux-Itanium

As part of new membership in Free Standards Group, Gelato makes Eclipse 3.0 usable on Linux-Itanium

* FSG and Gelato Well Aligned The Gelato Federation's been busy this summer. As the newest member of the Free Standards Group, the Linux-Itanium champions join a distinguished body of corporations and non-profits, all adherents of the open-source ideal, all dedicated to strengthening the community with a common set of standards. In fact, Gelato is among friends at FSG, including Gelato's Founding Sponsor, HP, and Gelato's much-anticipated newest sponsor, Intel.

According to Gelato director Mark K. Smith, "Gelato's mission to facilitate the development of open-source software infrastructure for Linux on the Itanium 2 platform is very consistent with FSG's goals to ensure that Linux applications and platforms work together seamlessly. We're delighted to join the community that's coming together around FSG. As a research and user community dedicated to advancing the Linux-Itanium platform, Gelato recognizes the value and, in fact, the necessity of ensuring interoperability in our open-source development efforts. FSG is doing an incredibly important job for the open-source community, and we're proud to be part of that effort. We look forward to extensive interaction with FSG as our members explore additional applications and infrastructure for Linux-Itanium users."

Smith not only lauds the FSG but indicates that Gelato intends to be a proactive member: "All Gelato Members are encouraged to make their Linux-Itanium software compliant with the Linux Standards Base (LSB), the prevailing Linux standard." And that could prove to be a big force in the open-source community, since Gelato now boasts 30+ institutional members who occupy literally dozens of spots on the Top500. The newest one, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, houses the world's largest Itanium cluster, "Thunder," which comprises 1024 quad Itanium processor systems.

"The Gelato Federation's work to advance the Linux Itanium platform is important for the industry," said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Free Standards Group. "We are thrilled they've become a member of the FSG and will join forces with us to promote Linux standards."

Read complete article. . .

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Eclipse’s Hyades Project Will Bring Open Test and Performance Tools

Eclipse’s Hyades Project Will Bring Open Test and Performance Tools

The Eclipse Foundation announced the creation of an open-development platform that will be used to test frameworks and services. With this information companies will be able to maximize their product's potential. A user interface for tracing execution behavior in local or remote areas is included, along with a data collections service.

Intel has given resources to the project called Hyades. Specifically, Intel is leading the development of the core interoperability layer through the Hyades Core Platform as the project is known.

"The involvement of Intel and other significant companies will ensure wider adoption of the open Hyades Core Platform as consensus architecture for innovative value-added products," said Dr Mike Norman, CEO of Scapa Technologies, who led the original Hyades project and now leads the Hyades Testing project. "For example, Intel will drive the adoption of the infrastructure to enable developers to harness the full power of Intel processors for applications."

Intel's role expands the scope of the Eclipse Hyades project, past the initial intention for testing systems. Tyler Thessin, engineering manager for Intel Software Development Products and lead of the Eclipse Test and Performance Tools Project Management Committee said, "We are excited to contribute to the advancement that this Eclipse open-source initiative brings to the industry in the area of test and performance tooling. This infrastructure--and the tools built upon it--provide significant capabilities and benefits to the software industry and will contribute to the continued success of Eclipse and the growth of the Eclipse ecosystem."

Eclipse is determined to give the Hyades project a great deal of exposure and industry adoption. Mike Milinkovich, Eclipse's Executive Director called the Hyades project "one of the great achievement of the Eclipse community."

In addition to Intel support of the project has been given by IBM, SAP, Compuware, and Fokus.

Read complete article. . .

It’s Official: Eclipse Is IBM’s IDE

It’s Official: Eclipse Is IBM’s IDE
August 1, 2004 — Surprise, surprise: IBM Corp. is making its marriage to the Eclipse IDE official.

At its Rational Software Development User Conference (RSDUC), in Grapevine, Texas, IBM was expected to announce on July 19 its continued commitment to integrating its development tools with Eclipse.

Many of the products in its DB2, Rational, Tivoli and WebSphere product lines already work within Eclipse. With the announcement, IBM is formally stating its intention to make version 3.0, announced earlier this summer, the de facto IDE for all its development tools.

“Tightly integrating our products with Eclipse 3.0 will create a consistent user experience across our brands,” said IBM’s Eric Naiburg, market manager for desktop products. Doing so will increase the productivity of teams comprising not only developers who write code, but also analysts (who define requirements), architects (who model applications), testers (who do just that), and administrators (who deploy and manage applications), he said.

Using a single, shared platform, architects, for example, can build models and drive them to the developers, who add to and fine-tune the code generated by those models. Developers, in turn, pass the code on to testers and back to architects, enabling the code to automatically update the models. Naiburg acknowledged that the product capabilities aren’t new. But the connectivity to unify all of the development life-cycle functions under a single user interface is, he said.

Read complete article. . .

Expanded Broad-Based Eclipse Initiative Delivers Open Test and Performance Tools Platform

Expanded Broad-Based Eclipse Initiative Delivers Open Test and Performance Tools Platform

oday the Eclipse Foundation announced the creation of a Test and Performance Tools Platform Top Level Project to provide an open-development platform supplying frameworks and services for test and performance tools that are used throughout the software lifecycle (testing, tracing/profiling, tuning, logging, monitoring, analysis, autonomics, administration, etc.). Also included in this platform are data collection services and user interfaces for tracing, test case execution, logging and statistical behavior in local or remote execution environments. In committing to lead the project, Intel Corp. makes a major resource contribution to the Eclipse Foundation and to the development of software within the project.

"We are excited to contribute to the advancement that this Eclipse open-source initiative brings to the industry in the area of test and performance tooling," said Tyler Thessin, engineering manager for Intel Software Development Products and lead of the Eclipse Test and Performance Tools Project Management Committee. "This infrastructure -- and the tools built upon it -- provide significant capabilities and benefits to the software industry and will contribute to the continued success of Eclipse and the growth of the Eclipse ecosystem."

This expanded initiative extends the Eclipse Hyades project which, over the last year and a half, has developed extensive Eclipse-based infrastructure and tooling for test and performance. "Hyades is one of the great achievements of the Eclipse Community," said Mike Milinkovich, recently appointed executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. "In my new role, I will seek to ensure Hyades gets the level of exposure and adoption that it deserves."

The core interoperability layer continues to be developed in a project known as the Hyades Core Platform led by Intel. Three additional streams of activity have also been identified as projects within the Test and Performance Top Level Project: Hyades Testing, Hyades Tracing and Profiling, and Hyades Monitoring.

"The involvement of Intel and other significant companies will ensure wider adoption of the open Hyades Core Platform as consensus architecture for innovative value-added products," said Dr. Mike Norman, CEO of Scapa Technologies, who led the original Hyades project and now leads the Hyades Testing project. "For example, Intel will drive the adoption of the infrastructure to enable developers to harness the full power of Intel processors for applications."

Serge Lucio, senior product manager at IBM Rational who currently leads both the Hyades Monitoring and the Hyades Tracing and Profiling Projects, said, "IBM is committed both to developing the Hyades Core Platform and other elements of Eclipse Test and Performance software and to leveraging them across a broad spectrum of its products."

SAP, Compuware and FOKUS continue to actively contribute to the Test and Performance project to provide a breadth of experience and a wide perspective to the team.

Read complete article. . .