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By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2005-08-08 Print this article Print

Borland Software Corp.s JBuilder 2005 A family of offerings with versions representing many combinations of capability and price; road map for future versions leads to Eclipse as a foundation for expanded application life-cycle tools (

Eclipse 3.1 Not just a free Java development environment but also an ecosystem of plug-ins thats becoming the foundation of many commercial developer offerings (

JetBrains Inc.s IntelliJ IDEA 5.0 This months major upgrade eases import of JBuilder and Eclipse projects into its rich environment of productivity tools for development and code quality assurance (

Oracle Corp.s JDeveloper 10g 10.1.3 Lets developers tailor technology portfolios and deployment platforms to their needs; its approachable while being second to none in capability and responsiveness—and its now free to all developers (

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Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, 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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