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VisualAge Morphs into "WebSphere Studio v5"
VisualAge Morphs into "WebSphere Studio v5"

(September 27, 2002) - Take $3499 out of your savings account today and you too can be the proud owner of IBM's latest development tools.

If you're an Enterprise Developer it will cost you more than twice that.

Deliberately released two months ahead of the next version of the WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Studio v5 perfectly exemplifies IBM's interoperability play, with its support for a range of technologies and standards from J2EE v 1.3 to Eclipse 2.0. Big Blue's latest development tools also support the Apache Struts framework and the latest slew of Web services standards.

IBM calls it "the first software to unify Java and traditional assets in a single development environment for Web services."

The thinking behind WebSphere Studio v5 is that it will lower the labor costs associated with integration by enabling companies to modernize valuable assets accumulated over the past 30 years and integrate them within an open Web services environment. Developers will enjoy the ability to develop Java-based Web services while modernizing legacy assets such as those written in COBOL and PL1.

Unlike competing software that forces companies to re-write applications to a specific model, IBM WebSphere Studio Version 5 offers developers the ability to develop Java-based Web services while modernizing legacy assets such as those written in COBOL and PL1. It can also coordinate the flow of multiple back-end applications needed to complete cross-enterprise business transactions via Web services.

So developers can retrofit and integrate older but still critical software assets as Web services, while writing new applications to standards-based and enterprise-tested Java.

How does going this route compare to using .NET to achieve the same ends? IBM believes that their way "avoids the expensive, time-consuming and flexibility-limiting effort of conforming to a proprietary framework such as Microsoft .NET." Well, they don't mince words in Somers, NY, that's for certain.

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I don't know where $3499 is coming from. I've heard a figure $3268 (-10% if you dare to ask). That is still higher than $2700 [standard price of JBuilder].
Look at Oracle JDeveloper9 (free to download or $995).
And yes, free Eclipse is a bargain !
Especially since there are many plug-ins for it which are free or cheap.

I hope there will be a price war among
IDE vendors, we need it folks !

The funny thing is that the base platform of the IDE is eclipse 2.0, which IBM has open-sourced. Check it out, folks; it's a damned good IDE. Much better than the old VisualAge, and definitely rivalling JBuilder in features, extensibility, and solid "usefulness". It's better than the free version of JBuilder.

So... IBM adds in a bunch of wizards for integrating into every feature of the WebSphere AppServer and puts a huge pricetag on it. Guess what? If you're using JBoss on Linux, etc., you don't need it anyway.

Yes, I think the product is overpriced, but this article leaves out some very important points about what IBM is really offering.

At the current price of Websphere Studio v5 I won't be buying it for my independent development projects. We need more competition in the Java tools space to bring down these crazy prices.

As usual, Java tools are priced out of the market. And these guys claim .NET is expensive?




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