Borland Brings .NET, J2EE Closer

The software development tools maker has created Janeva, a tool that connects .NET applications with J2EE and CORBA software.
In the ongoing effort among software developers to bridge the gap between the .NET and J2EE languages, Borland Software this week unveiled a tool for development teams to build applications for the Microsoft .NET Framework that are integrated with software based on J2EE and CORBA languages.

The J2EE/CORBA tool for writing applications for .NET, called Janeva, helps developers create software for the vaunted Microsoft platform minus the need for other skills, new infrastructure, or changes to back-end systems. This lets enterprises bring applications to life faster at a time when speed and efficiency in application lifecycles is paramount.

From a cost savings standpoint, businesses can also use the J2EE and CORBA software they had to craft new systems based on .NET. Ultimately, businesses can satisfy more customers because they can offer choices. Janeva supports all .NET-based languages, including C#, J#, Delphi and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET.

Borland is largely recognized as the last major, free-standing software development tools vendor, and has been racing Rational Software and others to produce software that allows .NET and Java to work together to satisfy both large installed developer bases. Borland also competes with the likes of Microsoft, IBM and Oracle in the market to bring development tools to software engineers, and it inked an agreement to license the Windows .NET Framework SDK in January.

The excitement in the software development tools space is linked to the heavy hype of Web services and the push is on for large software providers to propel the creation of applications for that niche, which developers can write using the .NET framework and Java.

Jim Duggan, vice president and research area leader of applications development practice at Gartner, said Janeva highlights Borland's integration efforts with its TogetherSoft and Starbase purchases. He also said it is an important step in its ongoing competition with Rational Software, a major rival snapped up by IBM last year.

"The timing is significant because Rational is not the neutral party it was when Microsoft got on stage with them for the unveiling of .NET," Duggan told "Borland is getting better at selling to the enterprise and is now selling higher up in the organization."

Janeva is also tailored to work with the Scots Valley, Calif. firm's Borland C# Builder for the Microsoft .NET Framework, the firm's new independent development environment for the Microsoft .NET Framework, and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003. C#Builder is focused on the enterprise and delivers native support for major databases, such as Oracle 9i and IBM's DB2.

Borland C#Builder will be available in the summer of 2003, with four separate editions to accommodate different scales of enterprise size: C#Builder Architect is priced at $2,499, C#Builder Enterprise at $1,799, C#Builder Professional at $999 and C#Builder Personal at $69.

Borland also launched Borland Enterprise Server, Team Edition, a J2EE deployment platform for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that integrates a company's application server, database, management, Web server and Web services. It is available for Windows, Solaris (32-bit) and Linux platforms and will be available in early June 2003.

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