IBM, Borland Missing in

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2004-01-06 Print this article Print

Action"> Meanwhile, on the issue of the conspicuous absence of IBM and Borland, Farrell said: "The philosophy weve been working under is we havent been so much focused on the who and the how many." He said the group is announcing its effort today to get more people involved. In particular, "the voice of the customer is really important." Bob Sutor, director of IBMs WebSphere software platform said: "IBMs primary focus in the interoperable tools area is Eclipse. Our customers drive what we do, and they have told us loudly and clearly that they want an open tools implementation and infrastructure. Eclipse provides rich functionality today, and you can easily add support for new features or runtimes. For example, IBMs WebSphere Studio is based on Eclipse and supports WebSphere as well as BEAs WebLogic application server and Apaches TomCat. IBM will continue to put its resources behind Eclipse as well as continue its leadership role in the Java Community Process. Were happy to talk with others in the community about tools and interoperability, but were committed to accelerating the momentum behind Eclipse and extending its position as the number one open-source tools environment."
Meanwhile, George Paolini, vice president of Java technology at Borland, in Scotts Valley, Calif., said that while Borland had participated behind the scenes in the formation of the JTC, "we felt it was premature to go out with an announcement before a structure was in place such as a structure between the JCP and the JTC for handling design-time elements. Design-time elements are not getting the attention they deserve. And the relationship between the JCP and the JTC is not baked to the point where we feel it appropriate to join."
However, Paolini said this does not preclude Borland from joining the effort at a later time. The group also addressed the issue of overlap with the IBM-sponsored Eclipse open-source development organization. Michael Bechauf, vice president of NetWeaver Standards at SAP, said, "The organizations not mutually exclusive," and added, "In fact we got a unanimous motion to work together with Eclipse... It will be important to us that Eclipse take part," and Eclipse has had a positive response to overtures the JTC has made to Eclipse joining the JTC effort. SASs Main said one initial benefit to developers from the JTC will be the ability to know that tools will be able to keep up with innovations in the Java space. "And people will be able to implement tools just as specs are being implemented," he said. "Its not about stifling innovation or creating a one-world development environment necessarily." Suns Keller said he expects the JTC to be successful because it is closely based on the Java Applications Interfaces for Communications (JAIN) model that Sun developed to create and promote Java APIs for the telecommunications market. "Theyve created 20 JSRs or so and have been very successful," he said. Prashant Sridharan, senior product manager of Visual Studio .Net at Microsoft, said: "Its great to see the industry come on board with respect to providing productive tools and a consistent tools framework. Developers are the winners when this happens. Through the Visual Studio Industry Partner program, we have built a mutually-successful business model along with our partners." He added: "Weve thought for years that a unified framework lends itself to a virtue that developers regard highly: that tools dont stand in the way of creativity. This is the approach we take—and have been taking—with Visual Studio for years."

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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