Executive Summary

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2003-03-31 Print this article Print

: BEA WebLogic Workshop 2.0 Beta"> Executive Summary: BEA WebLogic Workshop 2.0 Beta

BEA WebLogic Workshop provides an easy-to-use and well-integrated Web services development platform for Java developers. This version significantly broadens the focus of the tool to include Web forms design and business logic development, although it does not address the demands of EJB developers. Those using BEA WebLogic Server will find it a big productivity booster.


The WebLogic Workshop tool (licensed on a subscription basis) is quite inexpensive. However, the required WebLogic Server definitely does not come cheap—expect to spend tens of thousands of dollars. Unless WebLogic Server is already in place or on the road map, Workshop is not compelling.

(+) Highly integrated development environment for Web service and Web form development (the latter is new in this release); support for both synchronous and asynchronous Web services.

(-) Requires BEA WebLogic Server to run generated applications; doesnt support the direct creation of session or entity EJBs.

  • Mainline Java development tools
  • Macromedias Studio MX
  • Microsofts Visual Studio .Net
  • www.bea.com/framework.jsp?CNT=index.htm&FP=/content/products/workshop

    Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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