JBuilder® 2007, Built on Eclipse, Accelerates Collaborative Development for Java™, Open Source and the Web

By: David Intersimone

Abstract: This press release announces JBuilder 2007. The enterprise-class IDE integrates Open Source and Commercial Development.

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - Nov 20, 2006 : Today, CodeGear, formerly known as the Developer Tools Group of Borland Software Corporation, announced JBuilder® 2007, an enterprise-class integrated development environment (IDE) built on Eclipse to make collaborative development fast and reliable for Java™, open source and the web. CodeGear™ JBuilder 2007 accelerates developer velocity with Visual EJB™ and web services GUIs, provides balance between the worlds of open source and commercial software with TeamInsight™, an integrated collaboration portal, and increases developer confidence, through better control over open source plug-ins. Improving on its acclaimed Rapid Application Development (RAD) and team collaboration capabilities, JBuilder 2007 (formerly codenamed "Peloton") has been completely redesigned to leverage the Eclipse platform and help organizations be more successful and productive with open source.

"JBuilder 2007 is about continuing the same rich and comprehensive development environment that Borland's Developer Tools Group achieved with the JBuilder product line, but is now based on Eclipse," says Bola Rotibi, principal analyst at Ovum. "As customers look to maximize the capabilities of Eclipse, they will need to look to those providers who can confidently provide strong and rich development and management support whilst embracing the open Eclipse community. CodeGear's JBuilder 2007 will be well placed in such a market."

Two major trends are driving change in software development today: 1) open source is more pervasive than ever, and 2) development teams are increasingly distributed around the world. Providing "free" tools, components and unlimited flexibility, open source by its nature creates an uncontrolled development environment that can make it difficult to manage an already complicated process, ultimately increasing development costs, lowering productivity and reducing confidence in the software used and developed. At the same time, macroeconomic changes have encouraged the increasing distribution of software development, creating challenges and increasing the cost of managing teams in remote locations.

JBuilder 2007 addresses these challenges with enterprise-class collaboration features that restore confidence in the software development process while leveraging an ecosystem of commercial and open source plug-ins, 3rd party tools and frameworks. "For enterprise development, open source promises compelling cost benefits and flexibility, but realizing that potential without productivity loss, disorganization, and risk is difficult," explained Michael Swindell, vice president of products and strategy for CodeGear. "JBuilder 2007 will prove that enterprise development and open source are complementary, and can create unmistakable value for the overall organization."

Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, said, "JBuilder 2007 delivers enterprise-class capabilities that complement and extend the Eclipse platform, helping organizations and developers to better manage distributed teams and development. We are pleased that CodeGear has chosen Eclipse for building its next generation JBuilder IDE, which we expect to be a major new product in the Eclipse ecosystem."

Completely rebuilt and re-architected to take advantage of Eclipse, CodeGear's JBuilder 2007 combines the advantages of an open platform with JBuilder's trademark functionality, ease-of-use and productivity, including collaborative capabilities that help developers and organizations more effectively manage complex projects across teams and locations. Important benefits and features include:

  • VELOCITY JBuilder 2007 increases the development velocity of Java teams and individuals with P2P, Visual EJB and web services GUIs and Java5 Enterprise functionality. JBuilder 2007 delivers an innovative and highly productive visual "drag and drop" environment with enterprise-class project management capabilities designed to increase speed and productivity.
  • BALANCE JBuilder 2007 helps organizations manage and balance complex development projects across teams and locations, and across open source and proprietary software. JBuilder 2007's TeamInsight is an innovative collaboration foundation that lets organizations leverage best of breed solutions for source code management, requirements, bug tracking and project management. To manage the application lifecycle, JBuilder 2007 integrates with popular Borland Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) products including Together® and StarTeam®, also based on Eclipse.
  • CONFIDENCE A trusted commercial solution, JBuilder 2007 establishes confidence in the software development process. JBuilder 2007 embraces and integrates the most popular open source plug-ins, tools and frameworks, all within a certified and managed turnkey development solution that organizations of any size can rely on.

JBuilder 2007 extends the value of Java and open source resources for individual, small business, and enterprise developers worldwide. Developers already familiar with Eclipse will benefit from the broad support for various OSS and commercial application servers in JBuilder 2007, in addition to integrated performance tuning and management capabilities. Other unique features include LiveSource® Java visual source code modeling, Optimizeit™ Java Code Profiling, source code audits and metrics, refactoring and the complete TeamInsight agile open source development and deployment stack.

Today's release includes JBuilder 2007 Developer for individuals, JBuilder 2007 Professional for departmental users, and JBuilder 2007 Enterprise for enterprise teams.

Pricing and Availability

JBuilder 2007 will be generally available for purchase later this quarter, with introductory pricing for new users, upgrades and renewals. JBuilder 2006 customers will be able to easily migrate existing applications to the new, Eclipse-based JBuilder 2007 IDE. English language versions will be available later this quarter, with localized versions in German, Japanese and French to become available in Q1 2007. For more information on system requirements, languages, pricing and availability, visit www.borland.com/us/products/jbuilder/index.html.

About CodeGear

CodeGear, formerly Borland's Developer Tools Group, delivers innovative, high-productivity development tools for a wide spectrum of software developers ranging from individuals to enterprise teams. CodeGear's products enable developers to freely develop on their platform of choice while focusing on simplifying complex technologies and tasks so they can concentrate on application design, not infrastructure, to ensure on-time project delivery.

About Borland

Founded in 1983, Borland (NASDAQ: BORL) is a global leader in application lifecycle management (ALM), providing solutions that make software delivery a more manageable, efficient and predictable business process. Borland provides the software, services and training that enable companies to achieve Software Delivery Optimization and maximize the business value of software. To learn more about delivering quality software, on time and within budget, visit http://www.borland.com.

Borland, CodeGear, JBuilder, Together, StarTeam, LiveSource, TeamInsight, Optimizeit and all other Borland brand and product names are service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of Borland Software Corporation in the United States and other countries. Java, EJB and all other Sun brand and product names are service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

Safe Harbor Statement

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