CodeWarrior 8

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2002-07-15 Print this article Print

Executive Summary: CodeWarrior 8

Usability Good
Capability Excellent
Performance Excellent
Interoperability Excellent
Manageability Good
Scalability Good
Security Good
Metrowerks CodeWarrior 8 wont disappoint developers who like earlier versions accessible tools and cross-platform flexibility—but it also wont attract many defections from those who are placing their bets on the enterprise database access and Web services development aids that are prominent in competing suites recent updates.


Priced between Borlands Java-only JBuilder and Microsofts multilingual Visual Studio .Net, with affordable upgrades from earlier versions and low-priced academic licensing, CodeWarrior offers a strong value proposition combined with an easy learning curve that wont demand costly training or create expensive delays.

(+) Consistent developer interface on Windows and Mac OS workstations; straightforward access to source code augmented by productivity aids that generally meet or beat those of competitors.

(-) Visual rapid application development aids only for Java, lacking robustness and consistent interaction of competing Borland or Oracle tools.

  • Microsofts Visual Studio .Net
  • Borlands C++ Builder and JBuilder

    Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developersÔÇÖ technical requirements on the companyÔÇÖs evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter companyÔÇÖs first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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