Application Development

Visual aids to application development are useful only if they fully support and complement the source code view, instead of forcing developers to divide their attention among incomplete or even inconsistent perspectives on a project in progress.

WINNER

Sun Microsystems Inc.
Java Studio Enterprise 7

Visual aids to application development are useful only if they fully support and complement the source code view, instead of forcing developers to divide their attention among incomplete or even inconsistent perspectives on a project in progress. When reviewed earlier this year by eWEEK Labs, Suns Java Studio Enterprise 7 achieved the most transparent and mutually helpful integration that we had yet seen between its UML (Unified Modeling Language) diagrams and its NetBeans-based Java coding tools.

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What made this product a winner—joining Solaris 10 in the companys double debut as a software honoree—was its innovative, developer-oriented instant messaging collaboration environment, combining communication tools for dispersed teams with joint editing of source code files and easy sharing of even voluminous trace files and other data. Powerful application monitoring tools also earned the favor of the Excellence judges.

Java Studio Enterprise is part of Suns grand experiment of moving enterprises toward more predictable software costs. Enterprises that favor Suns cost-per-employee subscription model can add JSE 7 to the Java Enterprise System stack for $5 per seat per year or acquire a competitively priced perpetual license with renewable support.

More information is at www.sun.com/software/products/jsenterprise.

FINALISTS

Embarcadero Technologies Inc.
ER/Studio 6.6

Serving both the model-oriented database designer and the performance-oriented application developer, ER/Studio gives enterprise stakeholders tailored data views and automation aids. The judges appreciated the products support throughout the application life cycle, from reverse engineering of models from existing databases through source code generation as the models move toward production.

Report generation to meet the needs of other project participants plus metadata accessibility from common productivity applications complete the picture of this well-rounded offering from Embarcadero (www.embarcadero.com/ products/erstudio).

VA Software Corp.
SourceForge Enterprise Edition 4.1

Open-source efforts have significantly advanced the state of the art in developer collaboration and code reuse. VA Softwares SourceForge Enterprise Edition demonstrates these evolutionary effects, offering development teams a Web-based code asset management and project control environment that integrates heterogeneous tool sets and exposes service-oriented programming in- terfaces for further customization.

Like many of this years Excellence contenders, VA Softwares entry demonstrates the new awareness of corporate governance mandates with its integral data capture and logging tools. More information is available at www.vasoftware.com.

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