Also at Lotusphere, Trilog, of Woburn, Mass., introduced the 3.0 release of its FlowBuilder product, a development environment that allows Domino developers to create Java applications from Domino. Brightline and Trilog are in partnering discussions as Brightline does not include a development environment. Trilogs FlowBuilder 3.0, a visual rapid application development framework, gives Domino developers the ability to develop J2EE applications from the Domino environment, taking advantage of Dominos security and document management models, according to Trilogs President and CEO Alex El Homsi.This version of FlowBuilder includes new capabilities for building portlets for WebSphere Portal Server and Lotus Workplace, and for migrating Domino applications to these same platforms. Detroit advertising agency J.Walter Thompson U.S.A. Inc. uses FlowBuilder in combination with Notes and Domino R5 to build Java applications. John Tripp, systems development director for the agency, said Lotus didnt provide a "clear direction" for Java two years ago so his firm turned to Trilog. "[FlowBuilder is] its own framework, but it gives you everything you have for Domino for J2EE," Tripp said. "Its as if Domino had been built today."
"We can help Domino developers leverage their existing skills to move forward," said El Homsi, who said FlowBuilder could be particularly useful for companies that plan to embrace Lotus Workplace as the Java applications generated could run on Workplace.