Application Development

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2005-04-11 Print this article Print

Visual aids to application development are useful only if they fully support and complement the source code view, instead of forcing developers to divide their attention among incomplete or even inconsistent perspectives on a project in progress.

WINNER Sun Microsystems Inc.
Java Studio Enterprise 7

Visual aids to application development are useful only if they fully support and complement the source code view, instead of forcing developers to divide their attention among incomplete or even inconsistent perspectives on a project in progress. When reviewed earlier this year by eWEEK Labs, Suns Java Studio Enterprise 7 achieved the most transparent and mutually helpful integration that we had yet seen between its UML (Unified Modeling Language) diagrams and its NetBeans-based Java coding tools.

For a list of all the winners and finalists of the fifth annual eWEEK Excellence Awards, click here.
What made this product a winner—joining Solaris 10 in the companys double debut as a software honoree—was its innovative, developer-oriented instant messaging collaboration environment, combining communication tools for dispersed teams with joint editing of source code files and easy sharing of even voluminous trace files and other data. Powerful application monitoring tools also earned the favor of the Excellence judges.

Java Studio Enterprise is part of Suns grand experiment of moving enterprises toward more predictable software costs. Enterprises that favor Suns cost-per-employee subscription model can add JSE 7 to the Java Enterprise System stack for $5 per seat per year or acquire a competitively priced perpetual license with renewable support.

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Embarcadero Technologies Inc.
ER/Studio 6.6

Serving both the model-oriented database designer and the performance-oriented application developer, ER/Studio gives enterprise stakeholders tailored data views and automation aids. The judges appreciated the products support throughout the application life cycle, from reverse engineering of models from existing databases through source code generation as the models move toward production.

Report generation to meet the needs of other project participants plus metadata accessibility from common productivity applications complete the picture of this well-rounded offering from Embarcadero ( products/erstudio).

VA Software Corp.
SourceForge Enterprise Edition 4.1

Open-source efforts have significantly advanced the state of the art in developer collaboration and code reuse. VA Softwares SourceForge Enterprise Edition demonstrates these evolutionary effects, offering development teams a Web-based code asset management and project control environment that integrates heterogeneous tool sets and exposes service-oriented programming in- terfaces for further customization.

Like many of this years Excellence contenders, VA Softwares entry demonstrates the new awareness of corporate governance mandates with its integral data capture and logging tools. More information is available at

Excellence Awards Winners and Finalists:
  • Analytics & Reporting
  • Application Development
  • Business Integration Systems
  • Business Relationship Management
  • Desktop & Mobile Hardware
  • E-Business Foundations
  • E-Mail Management & Security
  • Enterprise Collaboration & Messaging
  • Enterprise Storage Hardware
  • Enterprise Storage Software
  • IT Quality Assurance Tools
  • Productivity Applications
  • Server Hardware
  • Networking & Management Tools
  • Networking Infrastructure
  • System & Application Management
  • Authentication & User Management
  • Network Data-Stream Protection
  • Vulnerability Assessment & Remediation
    Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developers' technical requirements on the company's 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 company's 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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