Sun and IBM update Web tools

Both Sun Microsystems and IBM have announced upgraded tools for building applications and Web services.

Both Sun Microsystems and IBM have announced upgraded tools for building applications and Web services.

Sun said on 18 September that its Forte for Java 3.0, Enterprise Edition, is now generally available. The company said that the primary focus of the new version is enhanced support for Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs) and creating XML-based services.

Sun also maintains the free Community Edition, which now incorporates seven modules previously in the Internet version. The modules include an external editor, XML support, database explorer, CORBA support, terminal emulation, file copy and support for C, C++ and Fortran.

Also on 18 September, IBM placed the latest version of its Web Services Toolkit (WSTK) on its alphaWorks Web site for developers. WSTK v2.4 offers developers a runtime environment as well as introductory material and examples of Web services that developers can use.

New to this version are support for IBM's WebSphere application server, reliable HTTP (HTTPR), Web Services Description Language (WSDL), and Web Services Invocation Framework (WSIF), for enabling developers to describe non-SOAP based services in WSDL.

A recent survey by research corporation Evans Data showed that approximately 60% of developers polled planned to write code for Web services next year.

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