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BEA Workshop Wins ISVs, Gravitates Towards Borland.

During the next few days ISVs are expected to support BEA Systems Inc's WebLogic Workshop 8.1, a Java development environment that comes closer to treading on the toes of BEA partner Borland Software Corp.

BEA hopes 12 ISVs will separately unveil Controls, sets of component-based functionality that reduce the need for manual programming of Java web services, middleware and applications in the up-coming Workshop 8.1, due this quarter.

Support will be unveiled at Sun Microsystems Inc's JavaOne 2003 conference in San Francisco, California, which opens today.

BEA developed Controls last year, but this year announced it would enable third parties to build their own Controls, potentially expanding industry support for Workshop and enhancing the environment's value to developers.

Controls are important as BEA expands Workshop to be capable of building and deploying applications across the company's own business integration software, portal, liquid data aggregation software and Tuxedo middleware.

Versions 8.1 of BEA's Integration and Portal are also due this quarter with an updated Liquid Data due later. Liquid Data will support Workshop's security framework.

By expanding Workshop, though, BEA appears to be coming even closer to partner Borland's sphere of expertise in application development tools.

Workshop 8.1 offers improved support for the construction and deployment of Enterprise Java Beans (EJBs), through the new environment's ability to generate XML deployment descriptors. The current version of Workshop relied on IDEs, such as Borland's JBuilder to build EJBs, which were imported into Workshop and turned into XML-based Java web services.

BEA's chief technology officer Scott Dietzen denied there would be competition, adding BEA would work "strategically" with Borland and other IDE vendors. He claimed improvements in Workshop 8.1 would cut by half the complexity of EJB programming.

Dietzen expects 12 Controls to be rolled-out at JavaOne. Among those demonstrating Controls at the show will be Attachmate Corp, Documentum Inc, Informatica Corp and Yahoo! Enterprise Solutions.
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Date:Jun 10, 2003
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