: JBuilder 7"> Executive Summary: JBuilder 7
JBuilder 7 continues along the path thats been well-marked by past editions of Borlands exemplary suite for enterprise Java development. Distinguished by coding productivity aids, accessible modeling tools and multiplatform breadth that has stretched to include Mac OS X (as well as Windows and Unix variants), the update is a credible response to Oracles 9i JDeveloperand provides a gradual on-ramp to Web services through downloadable add-on tools, rather than imposing the bottom-up redesign that jars many teams when they first confront Microsofts Visual Studio .Net.
With JBuilder 7s Standard Edition starting at $399, compared with the entry-level Visual Studio .Net at $1,079, we suspect that Borland is feeling price pressure from the free-download availability (for nonproduction development) of the JDeveloper suite. On Windows, the high-end JBuilder 7 Enterprise may look pricey, but the same CD also installs on Mac OS X or Unix/Linux machineswhere its price looks more competitive. (+) Keeps Borland near leading edge in developer productivity aids; invites development teams to explore the synergy of Mac OS Xs mainstream GUI on a Unix base; offers a more gradual Web services migration path than the .Net suite. (-) User interface needs plenty of screen space to accommodate multiple tiers of tabbed panes. Evaluation Short List
Microsofts Visual Studio .Net