Building Blocks for Web Services

Development tool vendors expand choice of applications.

Makers of development tools last week rolled out products designed to facilitate the creation and deployment of Web services.

At the TechXNY show in New York, Borland Software Corp., of Scotts Valley, Calif., unveiled Borland Enterprise Server 5.1, a Java 2 Enterprise Edition 1.3-compliant application server with enhanced support for deploying applications as Web services, said Frank Slootman, Borlands senior vice president of software solutions.

In addition, Borland plans to announce JDataStore 6, a Java database for embedded, Web and mobile applications.

The enterprise server bridges the worlds of Borlands CORBA (Common Object Request Broker Architecture) technology with Java Web services technologies. BES 5.1 features enhanced support for Web services, proactive application management and improved performance, Slootman said. The new version will be available this summer.

To further support Web services, BES 5.1 features new Web services "providers" that automatically convert Simple Object Access Protocol requests and direct them to the appropriate Java, CORBA, Message-Driven Beans or Enterprise JavaBeans component.

In addition, the product features tighter integration with Borland JBuilder 7. The product will come in Web, VisiBroker and AppServer editions and will run on Windows, Solaris and Red Hat Inc.s Red Hat Linux.

Savvion Inc. chose BES 5.1 in part because of its tight integration with JBuilder, said M.A. Ketabchi, president and CEO of the Santa Clara, Calif., software company.

"Based on our own internal evaluation, no other products came close to [the server] in terms of performance, scalability and other core assets an application server should offer," Ketabchi said.

Meanwhile, Bowstreet Inc., of Portsmouth, N.H., announced Bowstreet Factory 5.1, a new version of its Web services framework that includes the companys Portal Automator to enable developers to build adaptive portals that leverage Web services, officials said. The framework produces reusable components, automates the creation and modification of business processes, and integrates back-end enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management systems with front-end infrastructures.

Systinet Corp., of Cambridge, Mass., will release Web Applications and Services Platform 4.0, a suite for building, deploying, managing and securing Web services, said Zdenek Svoboda, director of product development at Systinet. WASP supports JBuilder, Sun Open Net Environment Studio, IBM Eclipse and IBM WebSphere Studio Application Developer.

LogicLibrary Inc., a Pittsburgh-based software asset management company, unveiled the integration of its LogicLibrary Logidex with Microsoft Corp.s Visual Studio .Net to help developers better develop Web services from new and existing code, said Greg Sherman, LogicLibrarys vice president of business strategy.