IBM VisualAge Tools to Support Enterprise JavaBeans

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SAN FRANCISCO - 24 Mar 1998: . . . IBM's VisualAge* tools will embrace Enterprise JavaBeans** (EJB) to give developers a common programming model for building server applications. This announcement, combined with IBM's support of EJB across its middleware products (Component Broker*, TXSeries*, CICS/390*, MQSeries*, DB2*, IMS*, Lotus Domino**), gives programmers and corporations a tremendous advantage. As a result, EJB components developed with VisualAge can be reused and leveraged throughout the enterprise -- making developers more productive and simplifying enterprise computing.

Programmers can write business logic once that can be deployed on the enterprise system that best suits the business. That means programmers no longer need to be specially skilled in a particular middleware environment. They can write applications that can be used in any number of server environments, from small-scale Web-based servers to 24-hours-a-day, high-rate transaction processing servers.

In addition, writing to a single programming specification, such as EJB, is significantly faster and easier than writing to server-specific application programming interfaces. This allows developers to focus on writing business logic and increases productivity.

Making Java Real for the Enterprise
Companies rely on a variety of middleware software to store and mine data, process transactions and assure round-the-clock running of a business. Corporations are faced with the daunting task of building applications for all of these disparate middleware systems.

With EJB support in VisualAge tools and across IBM's middleware products, not only can developers build applications that conform to each system, making it easier, faster and less expensive to build applications, but corporations can now more easily handle mergers, acquisitions and the move to the Internet.

Management decisions that used to be based on either development needs or runtime needs can now be separated. This provides two benefits: programmers can be most efficient and moved from project to project; and the underlying middleware systems are appropriate for the speed, reliability and general class of service needed for a particular solution.

VisualAge tools will provide customers with a complete environment for building efficient enterprise-wide Java solutions, regardless of the various underlying middleware. Programmers can concentrate on developing applications for their core business without worrying about connecting the underlying technology.

IBM's support of EJB extends Java into the realm of large-scale transaction processing servers.

"Our work with VisualAge for Java has allowed us to access information stored in many areas and make it available on Harvard University's new intranet," said Ken Ledeen, CEO of Nevo Technologies. "Adding the capabilities of EJB to VisualAge for Java will only increase our productivity, thereby speeding the process of building robust server applications."

IBM already offers extensive enterprise support in the VisualAge family. Using VisualAge for Java's Enterprise Access Builders, programmers can extend existing server-based applications to the Internet, without having to rewrite applications from scratch. Additional information about VisualAge for Java, the first Java development environment for the enterprise, and other VisualAge tools can be found at

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