BEA releases new version of WebLogic at eWorld 2003
- By Jack Vaughan
With the release of Version 8.1 of WebLogic Workshop, BEA Systems claims to
have found a solution to shrinking IT budgets. By combining integration and
application development into a single unified environment, and offering built-in
controls for connecting to database and back-end resources, the company claims
it can significantly increase developer productivity.
BEA is looking to go beyond Workshop’s original purview of Web services. An
objective of this release, said Carl Sjogeren, product manager for WebLogic
Workshop, is increasing Workshop’s support of more established IT needs,
including integration and portals.
The latest release is an extension of BEA’s initial efforts to create a
software tool that allows a broader number of developers to work with Java
enterprise solutions. A goal is ''to help application developers who may not be
J2EE experts to be more productive working with business experts to create
applications,'' said Sjogeren.
Overall, the string of announcements at BEA’s conference carries forward the
theme of convergence, noted Sjogeren. ''We see tremendous opportunity in the
integration space,'' he added.
Jack Vaughan is former Editor-at-Large at Application Development Trends magazine.