Wednesday, October 20, 2004

IBM offers new integrated tools for J2EE development teams

IBM offers new integrated tools for J2EE development teams
As promised, a week after releasing a new version of WebSphere, IBM announced a new integrated toolset that draws heavily on its Rational technology.

'It’s about transforming and simplifying Java development,' Roger Oberg, vice president of marketing at IBM, tells JDT.

Taking a teamwork approach, the new IBM Software Development Platform provides products with 'IBM Rational' branding for different groups involved in the development lifecycle, including architects, project managers, testers, and, of course, developers.

The tool suite takes into consideration the fact that, in reality, a developer may need tools that fit several of those job descriptions.

Oberg says the tools are designed 'for those who wear many hats. This is something you see in many organizations where a developer will develop and they will also do some functional testing or performance testing.'

The new IBM Rational tools also continue the quest for a gentler Java to make J2EE-based development easier, Oberg says.

'For the Java developer, we’re trying to make Java development less complicated,' he explains. 'Things like support for service data objects, Java Server Faces, the kind of point-and-click development user experience that we’re providing in Rational Application Developer for WebSphere are good examples of how we take J2EE development and simplify it.

Emphasizing a commitment to both the Java and open-source developer communities, he points out that the IBM Rational tools are based on the Eclipse integrated developer environment.

The tools, which are scheduled to be ready for development teams to start using by the end of December, include:

* IBM Rational Portfolio Manager, for prioritizing, planning, managing, and measuring IT projects.

* IBM Rational Software Architect, for specifying, validating and maintaining software application architecture throughout the development lifecycle.

* IBM Rational Software Modeler using Unified Modeling Language (UML) 2.0, to provide a visual modeling and design tool for architects, system analysts, and designers to document and communicate their specifications.

* IBM Rational Manual Tester, based on the Eclipse platform, which provides manual test authoring that can be distributed among team members working on quality assurance.

While IBM does offer some tools without charge, these tools have price tags in the U.S. ranging from $1,000 to $5,500 per user.

More information on the new IBM Rational tools is available at http://www.ibm.com/software/rational/announce/oct-2004/.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

MKS Enhances Tools for Eclipse

MKS Enhances Tools for Eclipse

SCM vendor MKS Inc. deepened its commitment to IBM’s and Microsoft’s development environments last month—and offered a glimpse of additional product updates it expects to deliver by January of next year.

The Waterloo, Ontario-based company announced the integration of its process and workflow management offering, Integrity Manager, with Eclipse, Visual Studio and WebSphere Studio Application Developer. Later this year, it plans to integrate that same offering with Telelogic AB’s requirements management tool, DOORS, and with Mercury Interactive Corp.’s testing tool, TestDirector. In addition, MKS plans to deliver its own requirements management tool this year, and by January will launch the next version of its MKS Integrity Suite.

“We have supported Visual Studio and Eclipse/WebSphere for many releases, in terms of [change management tool] Source Integrity, but now we are adding the process management piece,” said Colin Doyle, product manager for MKS Integrity. Process management refers to tasks such as change requests or defect tracking. Using the MKS “WorkTray,” developers on distributed platforms can receive, review and update work assignments, known as tasks, without ever stepping outside of their development environment, Doyle said.

Although some MKS customers also use Integrity Manager to document a project’s requirements, it was not designed to handle heavyweight requirements management, said Doyle. MKS’s plan to integrate Integrity Manager with Telelogic’s DOORS will address that need.

When a developer updates a field that maps to a requirement, that field will be automatically propagated to DOORS, said Doyle. Conversely, if requirements change, those changes will be propagated into Integrity. That lets the developer know: “This task is suspect. You better stop. The requirements have changed,” he said.

Integrity Manager will integrate with Mercury’s TestDirector in a similar bi-directional way, said Doyle. “Unlike Borland, Microsoft, and IBM, we don’t offer soup to nuts,” he said, referring their respective life-cycle development strategies. “We offer core infrastructure.”

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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Eclipse Foundation and Actuate Announce Approval of Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools Project

Eclipse Foundation and Actuate Announce Approval of Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools Project
Actuate Corporation, the world leader in Enterprise Reporting Applications, and the Eclipse Foundation, a community committed to the implementation of a universal platform for tools integration, today announced that the Eclipse Foundation has officially approved the Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) Project. Thirty days after posting the BIRT proposal on the Eclipse website, there has been a positive response from Open Source developers who have given feedback to the first Eclipse-backed BI project.

“The Eclipse community and our board members are pleased to accept BIRT as a top level project,” said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, Inc. “The volume of positive feedback received in response to the BIRT proposal clearly demonstrates the need for a Business Intelligence and reporting tool as part of the Eclipse technology portfolio.”

Now that the BIRT project has been officially approved by Eclipse, Actuate will begin the task of stewarding development of BIRT, which is expected to culminate in the industry’s first open Business Intelligence and Reporting platform by early 2005. Industry analysts agree that BIRT will benefit developers and Actuate by expanding the visibility of business intelligence and reporting to a wide audience of developers. These developers require easy to use tools, such as BIRT, to decrease development costs associated with the core application functions of reporting and analysis.

Industry Analysts Embrace Actuate’s Decision to Support BI Open Source Development

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Thursday, October 07, 2004

Independent Eclipse Foundation Accelerates Momentum of Eclipse

Independent Eclipse Foundation Accelerates Momentum of Eclipse
The Eclipse Foundation announced tremendous growth and momentum since it has become an independent organization. In the past six months, Eclipse membership has increased 30 percent, nine new open source projects have been initiated, and more than 18 companies have included the Eclipse Platform and IDE as the basis of their commercial developer tools solution.

Seventeen new organizations have become Eclipse members and have committed resources to strengthen the Eclipse ecosystem. These new members include Actuate Corp., Acucorp Inc., Agitar Software, Aonix, Compuware Corp., Communications and Media Arts (CMA), Eclipse PlugIn Central (EPIC), JBoss Inc., Kinzan Inc., M1 Global Solution, Mentor Graphics, Panscopic, PureEdge Solutions Inc., Real-Time Innovations Inc., Social Physics, Softlanding Systems Inc., and The Thales Group.

"Actuate joined Eclipse as a Strategic Developer because it makes good business sense," explained Paul Clenahan, vice president of product management at Actuate Corp. "Our leadership in the Eclipse open source project is important to expanding our markets. Being a member of the Eclipse board of directors increases Actuate's visibility and influence within the Eclipse community."

Broad-based industry involvement has led to the creation of three new top-level Eclipse projects, the Test and Performance Tools Project, the Business Intelligence and Reporting Project (BIRT) and the Web Tools Project. Six new Technology projects have also been initiated: Concern Manipulation Environment (CME), Eclipse Communications Project, Embedded Rich Client Platform (eRCP), Pollinate, Open Modeling Environment with Links for Extensions and Transformations (OMELET), and the Voice Tools Project. In total, Eclipse now has six top-level open source projects that are made up of 34 subprojects.

Finally, commercial adoption of the Eclipse technology continues to grow. A total of 18 companies base their commercial developer tools solutions on the Eclipse Platform and IDE, including:

-- Exadel Struts Studio and JSF Studio

-- Genuitec MyEclipse

-- IBM WebSphere Studio

-- Intel C++ Compiler 8.1 for Linux

-- Kinzan Studio

-- M7 NitroX

-- Mentor Graphics Nucleus Edge

-- Monta Vista Dev Rocket

-- Novell/SuSE SDK

-- PalmOS Dev Suite

-- Parasoft JTest

-- PureEdge Designer

-- QNX Momentics

-- Red Hat Developer Suite

-- SAP NetWeaver Studio

-- Tensilica Xtensa Xplorer IDE

-- TimeSys TimeStorm IDE

-- Wind River Workbench

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Eclipse Foundation and Actuate Announce Approval of Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools Project

Eclipse Foundation and Actuate Announce Approval of Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools Project
Actuate Corporation (Nasdaq:ACTU), the world leader in Enterprise Reporting Applications, and the Eclipse Foundation, a community committed to the implementation of a universal platform for tools integration, today announced that the Eclipse Foundation has officially approved the Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) Project. Thirty days after posting the BIRT proposal on the Eclipse website, there has been a positive response from Open Source developers who have given feedback to the first Eclipse-backed BI project.

"The Eclipse community and our board members are pleased to accept BIRT as a top level project," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, Inc. "The volume of positive feedback received in response to the BIRT proposal clearly demonstrates the need for a Business Intelligence and reporting tool as part of the Eclipse technology portfolio."

Now that the BIRT project has been officially approved by Eclipse, Actuate will begin the task of stewarding development of BIRT, which is expected to culminate in the industry's first open Business Intelligence and Reporting platform by early 2005. Industry analysts agree that BIRT will benefit developers and Actuate by expanding the visibility of business intelligence and reporting to a wide audience of developers. These developers require easy to use tools, such as BIRT, to decrease development costs associated with the core application functions of reporting and analysis.

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Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Intel rev's IA-32 tools -- adds 64-bit extensions, Eclipse IDE, more

Intel rev's IA-32 tools -- adds 64-bit extensions, Eclipse IDE, more
Intel has revised its development tools for IA32, adding support for 64-bit extensions, an Eclipse IDE, improved threading, and more. Intel says the tools, including Compiler 8.1, Integrated Performance Primitives, Math Kernel Library, and VTune Performance Analyzers can be used to create the fastest software possible on the Intel architecture.

64-bit extensions

Intel says the 64-bit features in its most recent tools for IA-32 will help developers design, analyze, and optimize applications for forthcoming Intel platforms that will support Intel's Extended Memory 64 Technology (EM64T, formerly known as 64-bit extensions).

According to Intel, EM64T is an extension to the IA-32 architecture that allows access to larger amounts of memory. The technology will appear in desktop Intel processors "when commensurate operating system support is available," Intel says.

Intel tools that now support EM64T include Compiler 8.1, Integrated Performance Primitives, Math Kernel Primitives, with VTune Performance Analyzers to support EM64T "this year." All support Windows and Linux operating systems, along with Xeon and Pentium 4 processors.

Intel has previously offered similar 64-bit support in its development tools for the 64-bit Itanium 2 processor family, it says.

Other new features

In addition to support for 64-bit extensions, Intel says its Compiler 8.1 includes the Eclipse IDE (integrated development environment), and the C Developers Toolkit for use with the Intel 32-bit C++ compiler.

And, Intel says it has improved the threading and thread-support capabilities of its compiler, and enhanced its Code Coverage Tool and Intel Test Prioritization Tool to speed application testing.

Intel says its professional services division is also ready to help developers add EM64T support to their applications.

"Developers understand that turning 32-bit code into 64-bit code is not easy. Intel offers software developers the expertise and tools for Intel EM64T to make the job easier," said Software Products Division GM Jonathan Khazam.

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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Altova updates development, integration products

Altova updates development, integration products

Altova Inc., of Beverly, Mass., today announced a new version of its application development and data integration software, which includes support for the XQuery 1.0, XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0.

The XMLSpy 2005 upgrade also includes new graphical schema management, automated function building, integration with the Eclipse platform and relational database content editing.

Also updated was the Altova MapForce 2005 interface for mapping any combination of XML, EDI, flat file and database data to XML, flat files or databases.

Altova StyleVision 2005, a visual interface for creating stylesheets to transform XML and database data into different output formats like HTML pages, PDF and RTF documents.

Altova Authentic 2005, a free content editor that enables businesses to enter data into XML documents and databases, is available in desktop and browser editions.

Beta versions of all upgrades are available for download.

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Monday, October 04, 2004

Visual Mining Announces Third Release of Its Eclipse-Based BI Reporting Tool

Visual Mining Announces Third Release of Its Eclipse-Based BI Reporting Tool

Visual Mining, Inc., a leading developer of reporting and data visualization solutions, announced the release of NetCharts Designer 4.5.3, its Eclipse-based business intelligence reporting tool.

NetCharts Designer is an Eclipse-based desktop design tool that allows programmers and non-programmers to create Web-based dynamic dashboards and interactive graphical reports. Wizards guide the user through the process of interacting with data sources and designing charts and tables. A graphical layout editor allows users to drag and drop charts and tables to create complete reports. A code generation module then converts the XML-based report definition into JSP, ASP, .NET, CFML, or even PDF that can then be deployed in virtually any contemporary application server.

Visual Mining welcomes proposed open source business intelligence solutions such as the business intelligence and reporting tool (BIRT) initiative recently announced at Eclipse.org. "We are encouraged by the increased interest in driving down the costs and complexity of building Java-based reporting solutions. The feature set proposed by BIRT is remarkably similar to our existing NetCharts Designer architecture. We will be able to easily integrate BIRT-like technology, and continue providing high-end graphics and standardized reporting to the business community," said Kevin Scott, Visual Mining's vice president of engineering.

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PODS Overtakes PalmSource IDE

PODS Overtakes PalmSource IDE
Eclipse now the foundation for all Palm OS developer tools

It’s an invasion of IDE snatchers. With the release of Palm OS Developer Suite 1.0, affectionately known within the company as PODS, the Eclipse framework has overtaken PalmSource Inc.’s native development tools for Windows hosts, which as of Sept. 28 can target Palm OS 5 and the newly released Palm OS 6.1. Editions for Linux and Mac OS X development hosts are planned for the future.

“The word PODS sounds like something you would ingest that overtakes you,” admitted John Cook, product marketing manager for Palm OS 6.1. “And that’s how some of the team looks at the tool.”

In addition to the advantages of leveraging the Eclipse framework itself, Cook said developers will get updates faster through its deployment infrastructure. “As we get key new components ready, we don’t have to do a major announcement to deliver them; the Eclipse site will have the updates.”

Developers can target either Palm OS 5 or 6, either individually or as so-called PACE Native Objects (PNOs) that can run on either system. PACE, the Palm Application Compatibility Environment, simulates Palm OS 4 on Motorola’s DragonBall 68000 processor. “The idea was that if you want to develop for existing devices today and look toward native applications for Palm OS 6 using Protein [APIs], you can do that as well as creating PACE native objects compatible with both Garnet and Cobalt,” he said, referring to the code names of Palm OS versions 5 and 6.

PODS also includes an Eclipse plug-in for encapsulating applications inside the installer. “Now developers don’t have to figure out ways to package up their software” to install properly for the target device, said Cook.

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Friday, October 01, 2004

Eclipse Foundation: 'Who's the JBoss?'

Eclipse Foundation: 'Who's the JBoss?'
At three years of age, the Eclipse Foundation is already an open source powerhouse with more than 60 member organizations, more than 600 available plug-ins, 30 open source projects and more than 2 million lines of code.

The latest news is that this Ottawa-based foundation, which embodies openness, flexibility and choices for its anonymous users, is still growing, as evidenced by the recent addition of its newest member, the JBoss Group Inc.

In this interview, Eclipse executive director Michael Milinkovich talks about the current state of affairs in his organization, as well as what the addition of JBoss means to Eclipse and the open source community.

How many contributing members does Eclipse presently have, and who are some of the significant members?
Michael Milinkovich: Those organizations using it [the foundation] is up to 62 member companies now, nine of which are strategic members that hold seats on the board and the bulk of the rest are additional providers all contributing to Eclipse in one way or another. As for usage, we've lost track -- it's lots.

You also have to remember with this open source project people come to use it, and we do not ask for any registration. It is completely anonymous, so it's fairly hard to track usage in a scientific way, and we do not have customer lists.

Some examples of companies that are doing interesting things with Eclipse … IBM is the classic example. They are basing their entire IBM Rational product line on Eclipse. They also recently announced that IBM Lotus is moving a significant amount of their product onto the Eclipse rich client platform.

We are also very active in the embedded world. QNX [Software Systems] is leading our C and C++ development project, and they have their development tool base in Eclipse. Wind River is moving their tooling over to Eclipse, and Nokia announced they are supporting Eclipse as their platform for mobile development tools.

What are some of the competitive proprietary products (VB) for Eclipse projects?
Milinkovich: People are normally pointing to Java. Eclipse supports more languages and platforms than Java, and the primary perception is that's where we're focused. There are [Borland] JBuilder comparisons and JetBrain, but Borland is also member of Eclipse and has a number of products built on Eclipse.

IntelliJ [Technology Network] is not a member of Eclipse, [but] they're a company and a technology that we think is pretty cool. Back when I was recruited for this position and doing my research, I spent a lot of time on message boards for developers and my observations, while not scientific, was that there was a passion about Eclipse and IntelliJ.

Are there disadvantages to using Eclipse instead of a proprietary alternative?
Milinkovich: None that come to mind.

So, what are the advantages?
Milinkovich: The openness. You have free software that is built by a community that provides an enormous amount of function. One of the distinguishing things about Eclipse is that we actually focus on a great deal of what is underneath our tools. If you read our charter, we are actually not supposed to build tools. We build extensive frameworks and then build tools onto the top of those frameworks. What you get with Eclipse is an enormously flexible platform for doing tool integration and the ability to use any platform to integrate many tools. This is where the real value of Eclipse is.

JBoss recently said it has joined the foundation. Why should people take notice of JBoss joining Eclipse?
Milinkovich: It shows that the Eclipse tooling platform is becoming adopted in more and more areas and is becoming the tool set of choice both in proprietary environment and in many open source communities. JBoss is both a company and is an open source community as well; it's certainly one of the more popular open source J2EE organizations. The key point is JBoss is not only joining as a member, but also contributing to open source projects. Having them do both of those is great news for Eclipse.

What other options are now available to Eclipse and those who utilize its services now that JBoss is on board?
Milinkovich: Between Jonas and JBoss, we've got excellent coverage of open source J2EE implementation … Apache Geronimo is also working with us down the road.

Are the wheels already turning -- what's the first project in the pipeline?
Milinkovich: The Web tools project is first one JBoss has committed to putting resources into, and it is an important thing to point out that this is not just another a press release. This is about joining the Eclipse Foundation and putting resources into open source projects -- these are tangible actions backing up the membership.

How is the spread of open source especially important to the middleware segment and why is JBoss an especially nice fit now that they are a member?
Milinkovich: The answer to that is the openness, choice and flexibility. You need openness so you don't get locked in a proprietary middleware stack. Open standards and open source go very well together, and having open source implementation helps the industry to make sure customers have a choice in vendors who deal in open source, who support open source or a complete commercial stack. Having that choice is important.

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Visual Mining Announces Third Release of Its Eclipse-Based Business Intelligence Reporting Tool; welcomes BIRT initiative

Visual Mining Announces Third Release of Its Eclipse-Based Business Intelligence Reporting Tool; welcomes BIRT initiative
Visual Mining, Inc., a leading developer of reporting and data visualization solutions, today announced the release of NetCharts(R) Designer 4.5.3, its Eclipse-based Business Intelligence Reporting Tool.

"We are pleased with the continued success of NetCharts Designer," said Michael MacDonald, CEO and Founder, Visual Mining. "It's gratifying to see the speed at which new reporting applications can be developed with NetCharts Designer and to see our customers realize a strong return on their investment."

NetCharts Designer is an Eclipse-based desktop design tool that allows programmers and non-programmers to create web-based, dynamic dashboards and interactive graphical reports. Wizards guide the user through the process of interacting with data sources and designing charts and tables. A graphical layout editor allows users to drag and drop charts and tables to create complete reports. A code generation module then converts the XML-based report definition into JSP, ASP, .NET, CFML, or even PDF that can then be deployed in virtually any contemporary application server.

Visual Mining welcomes proposed open source business intelligence solutions such as the Business Intelligence and Reporting Tool (BIRT) initiative recently announced at Eclipse.org. "We are encouraged by the increased interest in driving down the costs and complexity of building Java-based reporting solutions. The feature set proposed by BIRT is remarkably similar to our existing NetCharts Designer architecture. We will be able to easily integrate BIRT-like technology, and continue providing high-end graphics and standardized reporting to the business community." said Kevin Scott, Visual Mining's Vice President of Engineering.

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