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BEA launches Java-based environment

BEA Systems has bolstered its Java-based development strategy with software that allows corporate and third-party developers to create and deploy any Java or service-based application for its WebLogic server.

The WebLogic Workshop Professional Edition is priced at less than $1,000, and is best suited for building web applications, business workflows, Enterprise Java Beans, and web services that can all be done using one interface, company officials claimed.

"With this product we think we can really expand the number of developers who can create Java applications. Developers have been telling us they wanted a low-cost way to develop and deploy applications on our platforms," said Cornelius Willis, BEA vice president in charge of  developer marketing. "What this is, is a scale-limited version of the whole platform."

The product features limited versions of WebLogic Platform products, including WebLogic Workshop, as well as the company's application server, portal and integration products, and enterprise security framework.  T

he product carries a five-socket deployment limitation. After five connections. a queuing mechanism kicks in and application performance slows down.

"I think it will be most widely used for prototyping and small systems development," Willis said. The purpose of the product is to give developers a next step for application development after evaluating BEA's platform.

BEA's WebLogic products compete with IBM's WebSphere, but Willis claimed BEA's offering gives tighter integration. "Our whole platform comes on one disc," he said.

The product will be offered through BEA resellers, as well as through developer site dev2dev.

 "We think this product is what a lot of developers we talk to are looking for in that it is a full-featured Java development platform that they can develop and deploy apps on for under $1,000," said Sam Patterson, the CEO of Component Source.

Compuware will ship WebLogic Professional Edition with the Compuware OptimalJ product.

Ed Scannell writes for InfoWorld

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