Rational Web Developer 6.0 Focuses on Specific Tasks

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2005-02-14 Print this article Print

IBM's Eclipse 3.0-based Rational Web Developer update is a visually attractive tool that shows attention to developers' need to focus on specific tasks rather than being overwhelmed by general-case capability.

IBMs Eclipse 3.0-based RWD 6.0, released in November, emphasizes the connection between the user experience and the source code in much the same way that JSE 7 emphasizes the connection between the source code and UML visualizations. Layout and modification of Web sites in RWD was intuitive and quick; database connection aids were versatile and convenient. The product is offered under various license terms, including a $1,795 single-seat floating-user license that provides 12 months of maintenance.

Click here to read the full review of Rational Web Developer 6.0.

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 developers' technical requirements on the company's 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 company's 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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