Wednesday, March 23, 2005

BEA’s Vision for Eclipse’ Web Tools Project

BEA’s Vision for Eclipse’ Web Tools Project
The Eclipse WTP 1.0 tools, now available as a developer release, will make it easier for Eclipse users to build and validate a variety of enterprise-caliber web services.

OET looks at the WTP tools, which officially ship this summer, and talks with folks at BEA who will bring a broader vision for WTP to help with visual development and workflow.

First, let’s take a quick tour of the WTP technology.

Inside WTP 1.0 – Features, Directions
The Eclipse WTP 1.0 web services tools include authoring tools for WSDL, XML and XML Schema standards, and wizards to simplify the Web service creation process. Other Eclipse-based tools available for download from the WTP Project are server control, data access, XML, J2EE and EJB tools.

Eclipse’s Milinkovich said, “BEA's vision, talent and resources can be incredibly important to ensuring the success of our platform moving forward,” adding that given BEA’s broad access to both executive-level and technical users BEA can bring “a great deal of power and muscle to our efforts."

Jochen Krause, WTP PMC member and managing director of Innoopract, said Eclipse WTP has brought to market a “rich set of Web services tools that are not only free and easy to use but features critical functionality such as standards conformance, validation and testing."

Other vendor donators include: the ObjectWeb consortium, lomboz, IBM (IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere), Bull, Exadel, Frameworx, Genuitec, Innoopract, INRIA, JBoss, OpenWide and Thales IS.

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