Eclipse-based BEA Workshop tool supports blended development model

BEA Systems is announcing the latest version of its Eclipse-based BEA Workshop Studio. With the final release of BEA Workshop Studio 3.0, BEA is the first in the industry to provide Eclipse tools for the pre-final Enterprise

JavaBeans 3.0 (EJB3) persistence interface, according to the company. EJB3 is an eagerly anticipated specification of the upcoming Java Platform Enterprise Edition 5 (Java EE 5) specification. EJB3 is designed to provide developers lightweight container requirements and to dramatically simplify development with new POJO-based persistence APIs for object/relational mappings.

With this latest release, BEA is providing multiple options for persistence engines that support the EJB3 persistence specification, designed to provide both an open-source and commercial option via Hibernate and BEA Kodo, two popular O/R mapping solutions which can provide access to and communicate with relational databases. The open-source Spring IDE project is slated to be bundled with BEA Workshop Studio, further bolstering BEA support for the Spring framework within the WebLogic platform.

"BEA's unique blended development model is designed to provide customers with the ability to mix and match open-source and commercial software and programming models in order to help to minimize integration and testing headaches," says Bill Roth, VP of the BEA Workshop business unit.

BEA Workshop Studio is available immediately for $899. For more information, click here.