Executive Summary

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2002-12-23 Print this article Print

: JBuilder 8"> Executive Summary: JBuilder 8

Usability Excellent
Capability Excellent
Performance Fair
Interoperability Excellent
Manageability Excellent
Scalability Good
Security Excellent
JBuilder 8 takes on the growing challenge of combining the hybrid vigor of the multivendor Java market with the clear path for application development thats offered by Microsofts .Net. The result is the most resource-intensive JBuilder yet, with recommended hardware of 512MB of RAM and with ample evidence during our tests that it needs that much to deliver its full potential. With adequate resources, developers will find JBuilder 8 a big tent that holds well-integrated tools for many Java-based frameworks and with excellent overall ease of use.

Cost Analysis

In packages that range from the $399 Standard Edition to the enterprise-oriented $3,999 Performance Bundle, JBuilder 8 is a viable alternative to free Java tools that also offers high-end integrated capabilities in the same league as any other providers. Crucial in this release is the emphasis on jump-starting migrations from other tool sets, with attendant cost reductions that essentially cancel the purchase price of the Borland tools and make their subsequent productivity gains pure gravy.

(+) Keeps pace with Java communitys creation of powerful application frameworks, providing streamlined automated aids; emphasizes team productivity and conformance with community standards.

(-) Hardware-intensive; somewhat cluttered with features that demo better than they perform under enterprise workload.

Evaluation Short List
  • Oracle Corp.s JDeveloper
  • Microsofts Visual Studio .Net
  • www.borland.com/jbuilder

    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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