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ClearNova: RAD Productivity Is Now Available for J2EE & Open Source
How to simplify and accelerate the development and maintenance of your Web-based business apps

To learn more about ThinkCAP, go to: www.clearnova.com/thinkcap


J2EE Development Is Too Complex
J2EE is powerful yet very complex. While it provides reliability, scalability, and security, those benefits are achieved slowly and at high cost. It's well known that Java suffers from a lack of high-productivity development environments. Existing tools are designed for J2EE programmers and are not geared toward business application developers. As a result, many developers who were productive in 4GLs such as PowerBuilder or business languages such as COBOL or RPG find themselves essentially locked out of building J2EE web applications because of the steep learning curve of traditional low-level Java coding.

The result is that developing robust Java-based business web applications is expensive and time-consuming. Consider that almost all J2EE web projects suffer from one or more of the following problems:

  • Inability to meet the needs of the business on time
  • Labor-intensive development resulting in long development cycles
  • Architectures consisting of a fragile mix of frameworks, code, libraries, XML files, and scripts
  • Need for highly skilled (and expensive) J2EE programmers
  • Extensive re-training of existing client-server and mainframe developers
  • Over-engineering of applications because of "résumé building"
There is a better approach.

With ThinkCAP, you don't need to be a J2EE expert to build business applications. ThinkCAP extends the power of J2EE by making it widely accessible to a broad developer audience. ThinkCAP's Visual Workbench provides over 15 easy-to-use designers for developing pages, page flows, forms, multi-row data views, queries, charts, portal components, web services, process flows, and much more. Instead of writing "plumbing" code, ThinkCAP lets developers concentrate on value-added business functionality.

ThinkCAP: Deliver at the Speed of Business
ClearNova's ThinkCAP offers a proven way to rapidly build business applications that meet schedule, cost, and skill constraints. With it, you can build web applications in half the time as traditional J2EE development.

ThinkCAP includes a powerful visual design environment and web framework, usable by both J2EE experts and non-experts, which dramatically simplifies and accelerates building robust web-based business applications. With its highly visual workbench and fully integrated MVC web framework, ThinkCAP significantly cuts development complexity and time. As a result, developers write less code and deliver more functionality.

Designed to be usable by developers with 4GL, COBOL, and RPG backgrounds, ThinkCAP leverages ClearNova's years of experience in delivering real-world business applications. ThinkCAP brings high productivity to prototyping and building transactional web pages, application page flow, content management, data persistence, web services, and data binding.

In addition, ThinkCAP's open design, use of over 20 open-source projects, and MVC architecture means that it is powerful and flexible enough to satisfy the needs of experienced J2EE developers and architects.

Well-Architected Framework and Reusable Components
ThinkCAP includes an advanced MVC framework for driving web applications and portals. It delivers a wide array of ready-to-use data-aware visual controls, connectors for data access, and services for ease of development. In real-world application development, ThinkCAP's application "assembly" approach is simpler and over twice as fast as writing code. Using pre-built, pre-tested components also reduces overall project risk. Pluggable, reusable ThinkCAP components are available at every level of application development and developers can easily add their own components and make them available to the entire project team. ThinkCAP provides the best of both worlds: productivity and standards-support.

To learn more about ThinkCAP, go to: www.clearnova.com/thinkcap

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ClearNova: RAD Productivity Is Now Available for J2EE & Open Source. J2EE is powerful yet very complex. While it provides reliability, scalability, and security, those benefits are achieved slowly and at high cost. It's well known that Java suffers from a lack of high-productivity development environments. Existing tools are designed for J2EE programmers and are not geared toward business application developers. As a result, many developers who were productive in 4GLs such as PowerBuilder or business languages such as COBOL or RPG find themselves essentially locked out of building J2EE web applications because of the steep learning curve of traditional low-level Java coding.

The question in J2EE development is not Visual vs Code Centric, but it's Simple vs Complex.
The Visual Approach (or RAD) is used for years and clearly it is not a silver bullet.
You can develop J2EE application easy and rapid using OO and text (XML/Java), if you use a good business framework.

In our company we use OpenXava (http://www.openxava.org) and our RPG and Visual Basic programmers are productive with J2EE in short time, and using OO approach. The tip is simplicity.

ClearNova: RAD Productivity Is Now Available for J2EE & Open Source. J2EE is powerful yet very complex. While it provides reliability, scalability, and security, those benefits are achieved slowly and at high cost. It's well known that Java suffers from a lack of high-productivity development environments. Existing tools are designed for J2EE programmers and are not geared toward business application developers. As a result, many developers who were productive in 4GLs such as PowerBuilder or business languages such as COBOL or RPG find themselves essentially locked out of building J2EE web applications because of the steep learning curve of traditional low-level Java coding.

Java needs an overhaul, this product comes at a great rtime.

ClearNova: RAD Productivity Is Now Available for J2EE & Open Source. J2EE is powerful yet very complex. While it provides reliability, scalability, and security, those benefits are achieved slowly and at high cost. It's well known that Java suffers from a lack of high-productivity development environments. Existing tools are designed for J2EE programmers and are not geared toward business application developers. As a result, many developers who were productive in 4GLs such as PowerBuilder or business languages such as COBOL or RPG find themselves essentially locked out of building J2EE web applications because of the steep learning curve of traditional low-level Java coding.




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