Rational Software is expected to lay out a strategy for making its development products better integrated and easier to use. News.com reports that Rational will be converting the software that underpins its products to comply with a modeling standard proposed by Eclipse, the IBM-backed open-source development tool consortium. Rational’s decision to use Eclipse will allow IBM to more tightly tie its development tools with its WebSphere application server as well as with IBM’s Tivoli systems management software.
The Learning Continuum Company, Ltd. (TLCC) now offers Introduction to WebSphere 5 for Domino Developers. This distance learning course teaches you how to use WebSphere Studio’s integrated development environment to develop, test and debug Java applications. Learn about the J2EE application model and the Model, View, Controller (MVC) design architecture. Create, test, and debug Java applications, Web pages, servlets and JavaServer Pages using WebSphere Studio.
Internet Week says that WebSphere Studio 5.1 has apparently taken a big step toward helping small and midsize businesses build Web applications in Java without hiring a lot of high-priced developers.
DataPower Technology announced Release version 2.3 of firmware for the DataPower XS40 XML Security Gateway and the DataPower XA30 XML Accelerator that includes a WebSphere MQ series protocol support in a network device, SOAP-based management interface for an XML-aware network device, as well as enhanced security features for non-repudiation and XML denial of service (XDoS) protection.
eWeek takes a look at Lotus Domino Collaboration Express and Lotus Domino Utility Server Express, which are targeted at companies with 100 to 1,000 employees. Collaboration Express includes a messaging and collaboration server that supports email, group scheduling, discussion forums, team workplaces and the custom application capabilities of Domino. Customers can use a number of clients to connect to the server, including Lotus Notes, Domino Web Access (formerly iNotes), Domino Access for Microsoft Outlook or Domino Web Mail. Neither offers a WebSphere entitlement, as Domino does.
Ascential Software Corporation announced support for IBM WebSphere Application Server 5.0. Ascential Software says that integrating the Ascential Software Enterprise Integration Suite and IBM’s WebSphere Application Server make the real-time enterprise a reality.
Mark Dixon, co-founder and CTO of Teamstudio, put out a cautionary statement in response to IBM’s declaration that software developers learn Java or risk being left behind. "IBM is telling developers that they have to learn Java now," explained Dixon. "With all the hype WebSphere is getting, it’s very easy to assume that everyone else’s migration is well under way, and, if you don’t hurry, then you’ll be left at a competitive disadvantage. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s a stressful time to be a Notes developer."
InfoWorld takes a look at Web Services Interoperability Organization’s (WS-I) Basic Profile 1.0 document. Basic Profile 1.0 consists of implementation guidelines on using core Web services specifications together to develop interoperable Web services. The availability of Basic Profile 1.0 sets the stage for unified Web services support in technologies such as the next major version of the enterprise Java specification, J2EE 1.4, and the upcoming upgrade of the IBM WebSphere Studio development environment.