IBM Expands J2EE Application Development Tools and Increases Domino/WebSphere Integration

New Technologies and Enhancements Give Developers Additional Opportunities for Building Applications, Leveraging Skills in a J2EE Environment

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ORLANDO, Fla - 27 Jan 2003: IBM Corporation today announced the IBM Lotus Domino Toolkit for WebSphere Studio, a new application development toolkit designed to make it easier for Lotus Domino developers to use their current Domino development expertise and Domino-based applications in a J2EE development environment. Lotus also previewed at Lotusphere 2003 new Web rapid application development (RAD) features to help developers build collaborative applications for the J2EE architecture without additional Java programming. With this announcement, IBM continues to demonstrate its commitment to the Lotus developer community, customer applications and skill set investments for reuse in J2EE environments.

As part of Lotus' next generation portfolio of collaboration offerings, IBM will initially release a toolkit that enables developers to easily reuse existing Domino applications and data, followed by introducing the RAD characteristics of IBM Lotus Domino Designer to the WebSphere Studio environment.

The toolkit and Web RAD features for WebSphere Studio increase the options to work within both Domino and WebSphere development environments. Developers familiar with Domino Designer can continue to use their existing skill sets to build flexible, cross-platform applications, as well as build integrated applications that extend current Lotus Domino applications that leverage J2EE specifications. By linking the rapid time-to-value features of Domino Designer with the flexibility of WebSphere Studio, IBM now offers one of the industry's broadest portfolios of application development technologies for a diverse developer audience.

"We've been listening to the Domino development community and understand that our customers want to protect their development skills and investment, particularly as they embrace the J2EE architecture," said Ken Bisconti, Vice President, Messaging and Advanced Collaboration Solutions for Lotus Software, IBM. "Developers can quickly and easily build J2EE-based applications in a WebSphere Studio environment without programming in Java, combining a proven development environment with new options for building applications."

The new development tools will include:

Pricing and Availability
The Lotus Domino Toolkit for WebSphere Studio will be included at no additional cost in a future version of Domino Designer 6. It requires both Domino 6 and WebSphere Studio V5, will ship in a separate directory and requires a separate installation. A beta version of Lotus Domino Toolkit for WebSphere Studio is available for download on Final code is currently scheduled to be generally available with Lotus Domino Designer in Q2 2003. Pricing and availability for the new Web RAD features will be announced at a later date.

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