Executive Summary

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2002-06-17 Print this article Print

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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 JDeveloper—and 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.

Cost Analysis

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 machines—where 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
  • Oracles JDeveloper
  • Microsofts Visual Studio .Net
  • www.borland.com

    Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at salesforce.com, 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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