Sybase to resell JBuilder
Sybase Inc. has turned to longtime tools rival Borland Software Corp. in an
effort to gain a foothold in the Java development tool battle. The firms disclosed
the agreement, under which Sybase will resell Borland's JBuilder development
tool, at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco.
Sybase, maker of the PowerBuilder toolset that once sat atop the world of client/server
development, moved to add JBuilder to its product mix to "greatly enhance
our J2EE development stack," said Billy Ho, senior vice president and general
manager of the Sybase e-Business Division.
Sybase will call the Borland tool JBuilder 6 Enterprise-Sybase Edition, which
officials said can enhance developer productivity with integrated support for
the Sybase e-Business platform. The Sybase version of JBuilder will support
the company's EAServer and Enterprise Portal offerings, Ho said.
Sybase officials said customer input played a key role in the decision to resell
JBuilder. For example, Option One Mortgage, a residential mortgage banking firm
whose development operation extensively uses EJBs, JSP and asynchronous messaging,
used JBuilder to integrate EJB components for the Sybase EAServer database.
Officials at Option One Mortgage said the agreement should help developers there.
"Sybase and Borland teaming together will provide a unified and simplified
development and deployment environment," said Nixon Philip, senior software
developer at Option One Mortgage. Even prior to the joint Sybase-Borland effort,
Philip said developers at his firm used the tools of both firms to "quickly
deploy comprehensive, production J2EE applications that are helping to keep
us ahead of the competition."
Mike Bucken is former Editor-in-Chief of Application Development Trends magazine.