BEA signs up component maker
- By Colleen Frye
BEA Systems Inc. (http://www.bea.com) and
ComponentSource (http://www.componentsource.com) this
week disclosed a strategic alliance that BEA's Scott Fallon, vice president of
developer relations, said will ''juice the curve in terms of productivity of J2EE
programmers using the BEA platform.''
ComponentSource is a marketplace and community for reusable software
components for multiple platforms. As part of the agreement, BEA and
ComponentSource will work with the global ISV community to create reusable
components, including Web services and tools for BEA's WebLogic platform as well
as other Java-based platforms. The packaged components will provide developers
with the ''ability to focus on their application logic and not burn time doing
plumbing,'' contended Fallon. ''It will also bring Java development to a broader
set of application developers, not just hard-core J2EE experts.''
The first manifestations of the alliance, said Fallon, are two ''Galleries,''
accessed via BEA's developer portal and hosted by ComponentSource (http://dev2dev.bea.com/code/components.jsp),
that target WebLogic and the WebLogic Workshop development framework,
respectively. These community-based marketplaces offer tools and reusable
components, including those from ISVs such as Borland, F5 Networks, Infragistics
and TogetherSoft, as well as developer forums.
In addition to the Galleries, ComponentSource launched a BEA-specific store
on its public site, http://www.componentsource.com/bea,
where developers can buy commercial components that have been tested by
ComponentSource to run well on the BEA platform. The store ''is populated with
several hundred components right off the bat,'' said Fallon.
Atlanta-based ComponentSource, founded in 1995, was an early player in the
reusable software components market and today claims a user base of more than
500,000 corporate developers in 110 countries. Fallon could not disclose the
terms of the alliance, including whether BEA had made an investment in the
privately held company. He did, however, say that ComponentSource is ''a
technology-agnostic company; they have businesses in the Microsoft world.'' The
BEA alliance ''is the deepest relationship they have on the Java stuff.'' For BEA,
he said, ''we get access to every ISV who matters in the component space.'' For
BEA customers, he added, the alliance will bring increased productivity. ''J2EE
developers are the most expensive on the planet. But for a couple of hundred
bucks, you can buy this reporting component, for example, and get faster time to
market, productivity, ROI and richness of functionality.''
Colleen Frye is a freelance writer based in Bridgewater, Mass.