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Forte for Java 3.0 Enterprise Edition beta

Large organizations developing in Java will find this new Enterprise Edition version of Forte more suited to their needs, particularly with its EJB and XML capabilities. Those jumping into Web services now will want to pick a tool with SOAP support, however.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Organizations using iPlanet Application Server will get a productivity boost from Forte for Java because it is much better than iPlanets old Application Builder development tool.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Forte for Java paves the way for organizations to transform Java objects into Web services, which can result in better code reuse, easier systems integration and more-flexible IT systems.

New support for session and entity EJB, as well as J2EE applications; basic support for XML-based Web services; can deploy applications directly to iPlanet Application Server; includes TeamWare source control system.

Lacks support for SOAP and other standards-based Web services technologies; editing environment is only average; requires several hundred megabytes of memory for decent performance.

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