SilverStream Flows Into Tools

 
 
By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2001-11-19 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Battered by application server wars, SilverStream Software is shifting its focus to development tools, which were the traditional strength of the company's application server offering, anyway.

Battered by application server wars, SilverStream Software is shifting its focus to development tools, which were the traditional strength of the companys application server offering, anyway.

SilverStreams first effort in this area is its Extend Workbench 1.0, which tackles J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) and Web services development.

The software began shipping in late September and is free for now (at www.silverstream.com/Website/app/en_US/Workbench), although the company plans to charge $300 for it soon (officials havent decided when "soon" is).

Either way, this is notably inexpensive for a tool that does J2EE development. It has templates for creating EJB (Enterprise JavaBeans), Servlets and JavaServer Pages (along with associated J2EE archives). It also has tools to make EJB (as well as normal Java classes) accessible as a Web service through Simple Object Access Protocol.

To find other Web services, I used SilverStreams built-in Web services directory search tool to find published Web services and then could generate Java code to call the Web service.

Extend Workbench can deploy code to Java application servers from SilverStream, IBM, BEA, Oracle, Apache and Suns J2EE Reference Implementation.

 
 
 
 
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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