IBM's New Software Tools Boost Developer Productivity

WebSphere Studio Tools To Run On New "Eclipse'' Open Source Software

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SOMERS, NY - 05 Nov 2001: IBM* today announced a new family of WebSphere application development tools that deliver the industry's broadest support for J2EE, Web services, XML, HTML, rich media, site design, voice, wireless and embedded devices.

IBM's new WebSphere* Studio tools are the first commercially available tools built on open source software, code-named Eclipse, which is being donated by IBM to a new community of software tool vendors. Developers working on WebSphere Studio and other Eclipse-based tools use a common, easy-to-use interface that provides a consistent "look and feel," regardless of vendor, which cuts training costs for customers.

This unified interface and easy integration encourages team-oriented programming and developer collaboration among people with different skills, such as programmers, Web content developers, business analysts, database administrators, wireless and voice application developers, and graphic artists. It also enables developers to customize their environment and mix-and-match tools of their choice.

In addition, WebSphere Studio tools enable developers to create applications and test them on middleware -- including IBM's WebSphere infrastructure software to DB2 Universal Database -- all within the same environment. IBM Studio Tools provide a common development environment across Windows and Linux, so Linux developers can create enterprise-ready applications directly on top of Linux, without having to port them to Windows. This saves time and creates higher-quality applications.

"To control costs, improve efficiency and improve productivity, developers need a single, well-integrated tool platform that can manage all aspects of e-business development such as Java, XML and Web services", said Rikki Kirzner, Research Director, IDC. "For these reasons, being able to manage developer tasks through extensive use of wizards and other technology to speed up the development process also becomes very important."

IBM's new tools include:
*WebSphere Studio Site Developer -- provides the industry's broadest support for Web services. It includes the ability to publish to, and browse, UDDI repositories, and supports Web services for Enterprise Java Beans (EJBs). The tool is for professional developers of Web applications and sites, and delivers integration support for open Web standards including Java, JSP, XML, rich media and Web services tools. Free preview available at

*WebSphere Studio Application Developer -- the industry's first tool to integrate Java and Web development tools in a single environment. It is for developers of Java and J2EE applications who require integrated Web, JSP, XML and Web services support. Free preview available at; full production version available later this month.

*WebSphere Studio Enterprise Developer -- supports visual modeling and composition of applications and the building of sophisticated Java and Web adapters, in addition to standard programming tools. It is for developers and integrators of Web services and advanced Java applications that extend beyond J2EE. Available early next year.

*WebSphere Studio Application Developer for Linux -- for integrating Java and Web development tools on top of Linux. A technology preview will be available later this year; a full production version will be available in early 2002.

*WebSphere Studio Homepage Builder - This is targeted to individual Web site developers at home or in the office, and delivers an easy-to-use set of tools for developing sites with rich media content including animation, audio and video. Currently available.

According to John Swainson, General Manager, IBM Application & Integration Middleware Division, "The WebSphere Studio family of tools represents a new era in IBM's application development strategy and will unleash the power of WebSphere middleware. WebSphere Studio focuses on open standards, multi-vendor tool integration, integration with IBM's industry-leading middleware, and growing the developer community around WebSphere. Partners play a key role in our strategy, and IBM is partnering with dozens of vendors who are developing on Eclipse-based tools to deliver a clear market advantage."

Partners Driving Support for WebSphere Studio
Partners are an important part of IBM's strategy for WebSphere Studio, since partners can more easily and tightly integrate with WebSphere integration software and with other vendors who build tools on Eclipse technology.

IBM's new WebSphere Studio family of tools is already building industry acceptance. More than 5,000 developers have downloaded WebSphere Studio technology previews since August. IBM is supporting the new WebSphere Studio with a new IBM Business Partner program that already includes more than 150 tool providers, including CommerceQuest, Holosofx, Instantiations, Merant, NeuVis, Rational, TogetherSoft, and Versata. More than 30 companies are building products based on Eclipse open source technology so they can seamlessly integrate with other tools built on the technology, including WebSphere Studio tools. More information on vendors supporting Eclipse is available at

"Rational is committed to providing a complete software development lifecycle solution for the IBM WebSphere software," said Eric Schurr, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Rational Software. " We've collaborated with IBM on open, integrated J2EE solutions that customers need to increase the speed, quality and predictability of their software projects. We've also worked with IBM to simplify Web application development by enhancing our solutions to fully support the WebSphere Studio Application Developer and the complete WebSphere platform."

To further support IBM Business Partners that are members of PartnerWorld for Developers, IBM is announcing a new WebSphere Studio program that will provide tool vendors with a variety of technical, educational, marketing and enablement resources. Information can be found at

developerWorks (, IBM's resource for developers, will feature ongoing resources on Eclipse, including how-to's and tutorials, to help developers use these new tools.

Details about IBM's WebSphere's Studio products are available at Full details about the community are available at

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