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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2003-06-10 Print this article Print

Kevin OConnor, senior product manager at Documentum Inc., of Pleasanton, Calif., said his companys Web development kit is based on BEAs WebLogic technology, and the companys portal solution and business object framework use WebLogics functionality. Meanwhile, Mike Komadina, solutions director at Roundarch Inc., in San Francisco, said he believes BEAs tools like Workshop and its WebLogic platform enable developers to become more valuable. Because WebLogic Workshop enables less sophisticated developers to do more and deliver enterprise-level Java applications with less toil, "developers view this as job security," Komadina said.
"Were giving access to people who couldnt participate in J2EE," Martinez said. "It was either learn J2EE or not work in this environment."
Metzger said that while traditionally a lot of design time has been put into developing components, not as much has been placed in integrating components. Yet, "with BEA youre integrating as you develop." Martinez said Blue Titan built its software on the WebLogic Platform. He also said some of his companys customers are standardizing on WebLogic Workshop as their Java tool of choice. "Were helping customers migrate to service-oriented architectures focusing around Web services and Web services-based standards." Yet, as BEA and others continue to try to simplify Java development, some hardcore developers worry that there may be a push to "dumb down" the technology. Martinez refutes this. "Having consistency in a programming model is very important," he said. He noted that BEA offers tools that target all developer skill levels. "Successful implementations still require good architecture, good design and good quality assurance. But having a single tool helps," Komadina said. "You still need the overall discipline, but this [a single tool like Workshop] helps with overall management."

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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