Suns Netbeans-based JSE 7 achieves the most transparent interaction that weve seen among UML (Unified Modeling Language) diagrams and source code. Any change to diagram or code is immediately and clearly reflected in other views. The product was released in December at a per-seat price of $1,895 for a perpetual license with renewable maintenance or $5 per employee per year for sites using Java Enterprise System.We felt the same freedom in JSE 7 that we would feel while laying out an application on a whiteboard, rather than mentally shifting gears between text and diagram modes. Teams may become addicted to Suns development-oriented instant messaging facility, with a syntax-aware editor and collaborative editing tools integrated into the workbench. Long listings or outputs can be sent, without the message-length restrictions that hamper lightweight IM systems. When another developer is editing a shared file, affected lines are highlighted and guarded in other team members windows to prevent collisions while enabling simultaneous work in different sections of the code. Sun officials promise to expand support for XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol)-based run-times; messaging security can be configured using HTTPS (HTTP Secure) and SOCKS Version 5. The system is easy to use and could quickly make converts of those whove never before found IM compelling. Refactoring capabilities in JSE 7 are good enough to be worth the effort of using them. Wed be happier, though, if we could get rid of the need to click the mouse in a source file after a refactoring operation to enable the Undo command. If we hadnt dug into the documentation to discover this requirement, wed have thought that these operations were not "Undo-able," but any affected file can be restored to its previous state. We were surprised to find that we could reproducibly crash the development environment, with a java.lang. ClassCastexception, by attempting to factor out a simple print statement into a method. This forced us to restart the environment before we could continue. We hope Sun is addressing these and other maturity issues. Stress-testing of a teams complex efforts is aided in JSE 7 by unusually capable instrumentation and load-generation features. Graphical views, updating in real time as tests progressed, gave us an excellent picture of where code spent its timeand where a development team might therefore need to focus its efforts. Click here to read Labs review of IBMs Rational Web Developer 6. Technology Editor Peter Coffee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools.
Sun has gone the extra mile to enable intuitive browsing and reorganization of diagrams. UML views retain familiar editing behaviors. Adding a message between two entities on a diagram, for example, triggers the code completion tips that developers expect to see in a source code view.