Compuware: One Java, .NET size doesn't fit all
For all the talk about technology-agnostic developer tools, it is probably
easier for Red Sox and Yankee fans to find common ground than it is for
adherents to Java or .NET.
At least, that is what Rob Straight and Peter Varhol of Detroit-based
Compuware Corp. found in their company's quest to provide the latest analysis,
debugging and tuning tools for developers of Web services and other
'We've found that, by and large, customers are typically doing either
Microsoft .NET technology development or Java development, but typically not
both,' said Straight.
'The dichotomy we're seeing is within individual development groups and
projects,' added Varhol. 'You can go into enterprises, especially larger
enterprises, and still see pockets of both Microsoft and Java development.
However, they rarely mix.'
The two Compuware product managers find the capabilities of Java vs. .NET to
be 'very similar.' The choice seems based on the intangibles of personal likes
and dislikes that fuel theological debates. 'It's more a developer and project
group preference,' said Varhol.
However, it has become difficult if not impossible for Compuware to continue
providing agnostic tools for analysis, debugging and tuning that fit the needs
of both camps. So Compuware has made a corporate decision to quit trying,
according to Straight.
The latest version of the company's DevPartner Studio 7.0, scheduled to be
available this month, is specifically for the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
developer. In the fall, the company is scheduled to release DevPartner Studio
With its long-standing partnership with Microsoft, Compuware has been able to
integrate its tools into Microsoft Visual Studio .NET to the point where they
appear on pull-down menus within the Redmond, Wash.'s favorite development
Because Java -- for good or ill -- is not one company's bailiwick, the Java
Edition will require on-going updates for the many vendors offering tools and
platforms in that space. To keep pace, the Compuware group working on the Java
Edition will concentrate exclusively on the dynamics of that technology, Varhol
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Rich Seeley is Web Editor for Campus Technology.