What's New in Recent Versions of JBuilder

By: Tim Del Chiaro

Abstract: Still on JBuilder 5, 6, 7 or 8? Find out what you are missing out on if you don't upgrade to JBuilder 9

A commonly asked question is “What new features am I missing out on if I haven't upgraded my JBuilder recently?” The What's New in JBuilder white paper goes into detail on the new features of JBuilder 9. Below is some additional information on features added in earlier versions. This is only a short list highlighting some of the items that were added to each version:

JBuilder 6 and 7 added:

  • Support for enterprise build processes with Apache Ant

  • Improved application server integration framework

  • Refactoring

  • Unit testing

  • UML™ code visualization

  • Javadoc tools to save time documenting applications

  • EJB 2.0 visual designer

JBuilder 8 added:

  • Architect Web applications based on Apache™ Struts

  • JSP™ Tag Library support

  • HotSwap debugging to modify code while debugging

  • JSR-45 support for non-Java™ source debugging

  • Code formatting

  • Project groups

  • Enhanced project import capabilities

  • Cactus integration for unit testing of J2EE,™ Web, and EJB™

  • Section 508 accessibility features

JBuilder 9 adds:

  • Wizards for building applications based on Session Facades, Struts, and DTO patterns

  • Borland® Optimizeit™ Suite performance tools included and integrated in the JBuilder® IDE

  • Additional team development support for CVS, VSS and ClearCase

  • Open and work with Together Control Center projects

  • Export project configuration as an Ant script

  • Enhanced, flexible Archive Builder with inclusion/exclusion filters

  • Smart code templates and macros, Sync Edit

  • ErrorInsight with code correction error prompts

  • Enhanced, updated Web Services development tools

  • Integrated J2ME tools for building mobile applications

  • BEA WebLogic 8.1 and IBM WebSphere 5.0 support

  • Tight integration with Borland StarTeam including StarTeam client functionality built right in to the JBuilder menus

  • And much more

For more information on the new features of recent versions of JBuilder, view our free, on-demand Web Seminar “Why Upgrade to JBuilder 9.”

For more detailed information on the features of JBuilder, see the JBuilder 9 full feature matrix.

Download a free 30-day trial of JBuilder 9 Enterprise to try out the new features.


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