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BEA expands WebLogic Workshop

BEA Systems is to expand its WebLogic Workshop application development environment to feature portal problem solving and integration.

The Java environment, first released in June, focuses on quick Web services development. The upgrade, due next year, will expand the focus to include portals development and application integration, said Mark Carges, president of the BEA enterprise frameworks division.

An analyst said the second version of WebLogic Workshop would offer a substantial expansion in functionality.

"Essentially, with the first version, BEA provided a visual tool for building and deploying Web services that were based on things in the server," said analyst John Rymer, research vice-president at Giga Information Group.

"With Version 2, BEA is really expanding that into a full-blown development environment for not only Web services but also for pages, for server-side components, for visual controls and visual interfaces," Rymer said.

"I like to think of it as a 4GL or as the equivalent of Microsoft Visual Studio but for Java," he added.

Last week, BEA announced that customers such as Calpine, Collaxa, Confluent, Documentum, GeoTrust, McGraw-Hill, Palm and Verizon Communications are using WebLogic Workshop to solve difficult enterprise integration problems.

WebLogic Workshop is part of the WebLogic 7.0 platform that also features WebLogic Integration, software for enterprise application integration; the WebLogic Server application server; and WebLogic Portal portal development framework.

The upgrade to WebLogic 7.0, expected to be discussed at the BEA eWorld conference in Orlando in March and available next year, is codenamed Gibraltar and is focused on convergence of application development and integration.
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