Snippets from SD Times.
Eclipse has added a Visual Editor project, enabling the Java-based IDE to produce GUI client applications for the first time. IBM made an additional donation of source code to the Eclipse project, offering the Visual Editor from WebSphere Studio App Developer Edition v5.0 to the open source group. Though Eclipse itself is built on SWT GUI framework, the Visual Editor produces Swing/AWT applications.
The Eclipse open source project is staffed by numerous paid IBM employees, and so the code handover from IBM to Eclipse was probably pretty simple.
The latest downloads for the eclipse visual designer are at www.eclipse.org/vep .
Sun has declined to join the Eclipse board, instead announcing that it will double-down on its netBeans tools. Eclipse and Sun had been in discussions that would have brought Sun into the eclipse community.
Iona, the former CORBA stalwart, is returning to its roots. As CORBA declined, Iona jumped into the J2EE fray, back in 1999, launching its own J2EE-compliant app server, called the Orbix E2A Application Server. But now Iona has announced that it is suspending R&D investment on that product, and instead will license the open-source J2EE app server from the JBoss Group. Scott Devens, VP of Products at Iona, said, “We’re effectively outsourcing our J2EE engineering”. Devens acknowledged that the battle for J2EE app servers “is over. We’d be fooling ourselves if we kept investing there.” Instead, Iona will focus on CORBA and integration middleware that connects J2EE to CORBA and CORBA to other systems.
Also, SDTimes’ editorial from Dec 15th discussed the release of J2EE v1.4, which Sun labelled “The Gold Standard for Web Services”. The editors took issue with this, calling the spin “presumptuous”, and saying the release of J2EE v1.4 “will make J2EE more competitive with .NET.” and “In many ways, Sun and the Java Community Process are playing catch-up.”