IBM Sets Course for Rational Atlantic Suite

Officials say the next generation of the Rational development tool suite, code-named Atlantic, represents deeper integration between IBM's Rational and WebSphere product lines.

GRAPEVINE, Texas–IBM Corp. laid out its vision for the next version of its Rational development tools suite that the company has code-named "Atlantic."

During a keynote address at the Rational Software Development User Conference here, Mike Devlin, general manager of IBMs Rational division, said Atlantic represents the next generation of all of Rationals tools, including its desktop tools, modeling design and testing. The Atlantic tool set will be available by the end of the year, he said.

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In addition, IBM announced several new tools to round out its IBM Software Development Platform, including tools for its Workplace family of products.

Buell Duncan, general manager of ISV and developer relations, said the new tools help to broaden the ecosystem IBM has generated around its toolset.

Duncan said the ecosystem is in full effect, with more than four million developers belonging to the IBM developerWorks network of developers, and more than 900 companies having joined IBMs ISV partner program.

Devlin said much of the technology that will become available in the IBM Software Development Platform by the end of the year will be based on the Eclipse 3.0 open-source application development platform.

Sridhar Iyengar, an IBM distinguished engineer and chief technical strategist for IBM Rational, said the new initiatives represent deeper integration between IBMs Rational and WebSphere product lines as a base concept.

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Meanwhile, IBM is improving its design and development capabilities with new technology such as JavaServer Faces, Service Data Objects, Unified Modeling Language (UML) 2.0 for automated modeling support, visual refactoring and integration with the Eclipse-based Hyades test, trace and monitoring environment.

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