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IBM execs debates web tools spec

IBM is eyeing tools enhancements to accommodate the semantic web and also wants to boost the Eclipse open-source development tool project. 

One goal is to boost support of the semantic web via modelling capabilities in the Rational Rose and Rose XDE (eXtended Development Environment) tools, said Grady Booch, an IBM fellow.

The semantic web involves a web that is more intelligent and intuitive and links related data without manual intervention. Booch cited as an example an application that can detect potential credit card fraud on the web through usage patterns. 

"It's not specifically semantic web capabilities (for Rational tools), but it is increasing the scope of our modelling efforts," he said. 

Planned by IBM for release in 2004 is a suite that will build on the Eclipse open-source toolset, said Daniel Yellin, an IBM distinguished engineer and director of software technology, services, and software. IBM officials would not disclose further details of the suite. 

To boost legacy data transformation, IBM intends to bolster integration capabilities available through the IBM Global Services division, Yellin said. 

IBM plans to make available for free to DB2 users its mobile, embeddable DB2 Everyplace database to boost deployment on mobile phones and PDAs later this year. This enables access to enterprise data from these devices, said Josephine Cheng, also an IBM fellow. 

"That means if you are a DB2 user, you get the mobility free," Cheng said.

The database also is being integrated with the WebSphere Everyplace Access suite, which provides mobility for wireless applications.

Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld


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