By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2006-10-16 Print this article Print

Evaluation Shortlist Agitar Softwares Agitator

An eWeek Excellence Awards finalist, Agitator intelligently exercises Java code and provides feedback to developers on code behaviors (www.agitar.com/products)

Artho Softwares Jlint

Open-source command-line tool set detects both actual and possible errors, ranging from simple operator precedence issues to more complex race conditions and deadlocks (jlint.sourceforge.net or www.artho.com/jlint)

Compuwares DevPartner Java Edition

Performance and resource use are the primary focus of this visually oriented analysis workbench (www.compuware.com/products/devpartner/java.htm)

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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