Borland Packs New Features into JBuilder

Software development vendor Borland
announced the September availability of JBuilder 2005, its IDE
for Java programmers.

The first major upgrade since last year’s JBuilder X,
the software tool features some recent additions to the
Java language, as well as plug-ins to create safer, more efficient code.

“Today’s enterprise IT staffs face several challenges, such as the need to
ensure software quality and reliability in an environment where they also
seek improved productivity and more consistent planning,” said Tom Murphy,
vice president at research firm META Group, in a statement. “This requires
development solutions that integrate various tools and best practices, as
well as those that enable not just individual productivity but team
productivity and consistency through collaboration.”

During the rollout of JBuilder X, the Java
Community Process (JCP) passed two major Java Specification Requests (JSR): J2EE 1.4, the “Web
services edition” of the Java programming language, and JavaServer Faces,
a framework for Visual Basic-, drag-and-drop-style
programming.

JBuilder 2005 supports both specifications, as well as the Java Development
Kit (JDK) 5.0, otherwise known as J2EE 1.5 or JSR-244. The pending
specification, due out sometime next year, is in its third round of beta
testing and is geared to make Java programming easier on novice programmers.

A number of third-party software vendors have thrown in support for JBuilder
2005, providing SDKs and plug-ins for programmers who want the
added functionality other software tools bring to the development process.
Business Objects , Fortify Software, Sybase
, eBay and Vignette
have modified their software to work with Borland’s OpenTools API .

Borland has also tightened integration of its new JBuilder with its lineup of
code optimization tools, which combs through programmers code looking
for potential security vulnerabilities. The latest version provides
component-level profiling for use with Borland’s Optimizeit line — Request
Analyzer, Profiler, Code Coverage and Thread Debugger.

JBuilder 2005, like its predecessors, comes in three flavors — Enterprise,
Developer and Foundation compatible with the Windows, Linux, Solaris and Mac OS X operating systems.

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