WebSphere Studio update supports deeper Eclipse support
- By Jack Vaughan
[PROGRAMMERS REPORT, OCTOBER 8, 2002] -- IBM recently updated its flagship development tool suite, formerly known
as VisualAge and now dubbed WebSphere Studio, with a significant number of
enhancements. WebSphere Studio V.5 supports Version 2.0 of the open-source
Eclipse tools plug-in IDE, Version 1.3 of the J2EE standard, and Version 1.4 of
the Sun JDK. The tool set offers enhancements to developers spanning Cobol and
4GL jobs, to Java and Apache efforts.
In fact, the tool set supports the emerging Apache Strut framework for
implementing Web apps using a model-view-controller, said Bernie Spang, director
of WebSphere Studio marketing. ''We introduced visual tools for laying out your
Web app, using the Struts framework, as a flow among JSPs and action nodes,'' he
Eclipse support means developers can use the tools they like, said Spang.
Meanwhile, their managers can trust that they can optimize team productivity
with a single development environment, he suggested.
Eclipse is something of an intelligent API engine. To support it, IBM had to
significantly rewrite its tools infrastructure, but the company anticipates a
''In the 10 months since we launched it, the grassroots and vendor support has
exceeded expectations,'' said Spang. ''The motivation behind it for us is that
Eclipse enables us to integrate not only Java, Web and Cobol tools, but also all
of our middleware and voice environment plug-ins.
''Eclipse as an API engine'' is an incomplete analogy, suggests Spang. ''The
APIs for plugging into the tools platform and leveraging services are open not
just to the definitions, but also to the actual code. We did it to rapidly grow
the ecosystems of tools for developers,'' he said.
''Promoting shared software through Eclipse'' by Dwight Deugo at http://www.adtmag.com/article.asp?id=6748
For other Programmer Report articles, please go to http://www.adtmag.com/article.asp?id=6265
Jack Vaughan is former Editor-at-Large at Application Development Trends magazine.