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Borland Launches Next Generation Java™ Development Environment: Borland® JBuilder® X

  • 22 October, 2003 13:49

<p>New Development Environment Reinforces Borland Java Leadership; Offers Most Significant Product Enhancement in Two Years; Wins Support of Thriving Third Party Ecosystem</p>
<p>Australia – October 22, 2003 – Borland Software Corporation (Nasdaq NM: BORL) today announced the launch of Borland® JBuilder® X, the latest version of the company’s industry leading cross-platform integrated development environment (IDE) for Java.™ JBuilder X marks the most significant release of the product in over two years and introduces over 100 new and enhanced features targeted to increase the productivity of enterprise teams, corporate developers and code-centric Java developers. The product's new functionality focuses on usability and productivity; Web application, Web services and EJB development as well as J2EE™ deployment.</p>
<p>Notable new feature additions to JBuilder X are designed to reflect current trends in the Java market. The IDE offers advanced Web application development support that includes a standards-based visual designer for the Apache™ Struts framework and first-time comprehensive support for the popular open source application server JBoss.®</p>
<p>“JBuilder X exemplifies the next generation Java IDE. We met with thousands of JBuilder users and surveyed hundreds of enhancement requests to make sure that we could meet the needs of today’s Java developers,” commented George Paolini vice president and general manager of Java solutions at Borland. “Among the top requests that we have delivered upon is increased customizability. Formerly a best kept secret at Borland, we have extended our OpenTools API, first published in 1998. This allows us to continue to support the ecosystem around JBuilder and offer customers additional functionality from our third-party community.”</p>
<p>Importantly, JBuilder X can be extended through the Java Swing-based OpenTools application programming interface (API). As a result, JBuilder X launches with over 80 third-party reusable components and plug-ins offering additional value-add to JBuilder customers. Companies shipping plug-ins with JBuilder X include Altova, Crystal Decisions, Oracle, salesforce.com, Sun and Sybase.</p>
<p>Next Generation Java™ Development Environment</p>
<p>While continuing the trend of simplifying Java development, JBuilder X is designed to take Java programming to the next level for both the seasoned professional Java developer and newer Java developers, helping to ensure a rapid application development approach to Java programming without trade-offs such as scalability encountered by some of the new RAD-style Java development environments aimed at less skilled users.</p>
<p>“The creation of J2EE applications continues to challenge IT organizations many who are still struggling to migrate skilled developers from other technologies,” commented Thomas Murphy, META Group. “Too often solutions seem to lock companies into specific J2EE platforms and after the initial code generation and first release is over, leave developers short without the tools required to design, develop, and maintain complex applications.”</p>
<p>JBuilder X is designed to help developers write better code with the inclusion of Optimizeit Suite 6.0 for performance profiling and Automatic Quality Analysis. Enhanced integration with Borland Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solutions and with hundreds of third party tools and components helps ensure that resulting software is aligned with overall business needs.</p>
<p>For enhanced usability, new features include:
· A new user interface with multiple, dockable windows for faster editing and easier management of editing sessions
· Configurable personalities, to allow the developer to customize the environment so that only features relevant to the task at hand are presented
· Code folding that enables developers to simultaneously view multiple sections of code and thus, reduce the complexity of working with large source files
· Project wide to-do lists and bookmarks to allow easier management of work in progress
· Enhanced refactoring support designed to speed the restructuring of code to improve quality and reuse</p>
<p>For advanced Web development, new features include:
· A standards-based Struts designer for rapid, intuitive development of advanced web applications using the familiar drag and drop approach
· New TagInsight for JSP™ HTML and XML is designed to speed coding and reduce risk of coding errors</p>
<p>For advanced Web services development, new features include:
· A visual Web Services Designer designed to create, validate, import, and export Web Services faster and easier through the familiar drag and drop approach. This helps to simplify the task of consuming, creating and managing multiple Web services.</p>
<p>For advanced J2EE deployment features include:
· New support for the JBoss application server. This support allows developers to leverage the cost benefits of JBoss and the productivity benefits of JBuilder
· A new, two-way deployment descriptor editor with descriptor element insight that helps to simplify the task of configuring and modifying J2EE deployment descriptors for the leading application servers
· Assisted application deployment so that developers can use specific features of different application servers while still maintaining portability. Rapid deployment is facilitated to leading J2EE™ application servers including BEA® WebLogic,® IBM® WebSphere,® Sun™ ONE, Oracle9i,® Sybase® EAServer, JBoss, and the integrated Borland® Enterprise Server</p>
<p>Availability
JBuilder X will ship three editions, JBuilder Enterprise primarily for J2EE and Web services development; JBuilder Developer for on Web application and code-centric development and JBuilder Foundation. JBuilder X introduces a new licensing model that allows for the commercial use and redistribution of JBuilder Foundation.</p>
<p>About Borland
Borland Software Corporation (Nasdaq NM: BORL) is a world leader in platform independent software development and deployment solutions that are designed to accelerate the entire application development lifecycle. By connecting managers, testers, designers, developers, and implementers in real time, Borland enables enterprises worldwide to define and sustain their competitive advantage. For more information, visit: http://www.borland.com or the Borland Developer Network at http://bdn.borland.com.</p>
<p>All Borland brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of Borland Software Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.</p>
<p>Safe Harbor Statement
This release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined under the Federal Securities Laws, including the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is subject to the safe harbors created by such laws. All statements that are not historical are forward-looking. Forward-looking statements may relate to, but are not limited to, Borland future financial performance, capital expenditures, revenues, acquisitions, earnings, costs, product development plans, global expansion plans, estimated size of potential customer markets, demand for Borland products, the projected acceptance by existing or potential customers of new technologies and the potential features of, or benefits to be derived from, the products developed, marketed or sold by Borland, market and technological trends in the software industry and various economic and business trends. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations that involve a number of uncertainties and risks that may cause actual events or results to differ materially. Factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially include, among others, the following: general economic factors and capital market conditions, general industry trends, the ability to successfully integrate acquisitions, costs associated with acquisitions, diversion of management attention from other business concerns due to acquisitions, undisclosed or unanticipated liabilities resulting from acquired companies, the potential effects on Borland of competition in computer software product and services markets, growth rates in the software and professional services markets that Borland participates in, rapid technological change that can adversely affect the demand for Borland products, shifts in customer demand, market acceptance of new or enhanced products or services developed, marketed or sold by Borland, delays in scheduled product availability dates, open source technologies that compete with Borland products, actions or announcements by competitors, software errors, reduction in sales to or loss of any significant customers, the ability of Borland to protect its intellectual property rights, the dependence on technologies licensed from third parties, the ability of Borland to attract and retain qualified personnel, the ability of Borland to contain costs and unanticipated impact on economic and financial conditions in the United States and around the world resulting from the geopolitical conflicts and other consequences of the United States’ war against terrorism. These and other risks may be detailed from time to time in Borland periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, its latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and its latest Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained from www.sec.gov. Borland is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.</p>
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