New Approaches to Building Web Apps

Two new software development environments reflect the varied approaches to building Web services and applications.

Two new software development environments reflect the varied approaches to building Web services and applications.

Borland Software Corp. this week announced a suite of tools based on industry-standard Web services technologies, including XML, SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) and WSDL (Web Service Description Language).

Meanwhile, Sybase Inc. announced a new version of its Java integrated development environment targeting J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) development.

Borland, of Scotts Valley, Calif., announced its Enterprise Studio for Windows, which the company said unifies design, development and deployment using Universal Modeling Language designs to build Windows solutions.

The suite, which Borland calls "the Studio" for short, consists of up to six products and features an MDA (Model Driven Architecture) environment, the company said. Borland defines an MDA as a framework that enables applications to rapidly evolve in response to the changes in business processes and industry requirements.

The products in the Studio range from a Web services development tool, such as Borland Delphi 6 Enterprise, to a team development environment, such as Rational Software Inc.s Rational Unified Process.

Delphi 6 supports Web services standards, including XML, SOAP, XSL and WSDL, to create e-business applications, and the product integrates with Web services platforms such as Microsoft Corp.s .Net and BizTalk, as well as Sun ONE from Sun Microsystems Inc.

Other products in the suite include Borland Enterprise Server, Web Edition, which features CORBA support; Rational Rose Professional Data Modeler Edition, which uses UML in a combined modeling and development environment; Bold for Delphi, which links the modeling environment in Rational Rose to the applications design environment in Borlands Delphi; and as an option, Macromedia Dreamweaver UltraDev 4, a visual environment for building a Web application that enables developers to quickly implement design changes, integrate business objects and create menus and buttons.

"With Borland Enterprise Studio for Windows, Borland is providing a broad range of functions for Windows development and deployment from a single vendor," said Simon Thornhill, vice president and general manager for RAD solutions at Borland.

Meanwhile, Sybase announced the availability of its PowerJ 4.0 Java IDE, an upgrade that helps automate development by employing "skeletal code" and simplifying the building debugging and deployment of new e-business application, the company said.

Sybase said PowerJ 4.0 supports the Sybase Enterprise Application Server and features a new application server view and application server backward compatibility with existing application servers.

Sybases PowerJ 4.0 also features Java Programmers Debugging Architecture support, support for Enterprise Java Beans 2.0 and J2EE 1.3, and XML-based workspaces for integrating the IDE into an IT shops specific development environment. The upgrade also has an enhanced Multiple Document Interface GUI, the company said.