Factory 5 can be used to assemble Web services, as well as more traditional applications.
"We're trying to eliminate the impediments of getting business processes and services on the Web," said Dave Rosenlund, vice-president of business development and marketing, at Bowstreet.
The most significant new features in Factory 5 are Builders, which can be used to customise applications and business processes because they handle assembly and construction tasks at runtime, according to Nicole Carrier, product marketing manager at Bowstreet.
Factory 5 ships with approximately 100 Builders ranging in complexity from a simple Web site button, to a full shopping cart application, Carrier said. Builders are included to handle presentation, logic and workflow, exposing Web services, consuming Web services, databases and generating HTML forms.
"The Builders are designed to eliminate the tasks that developers otherwise have to perform over and over," Rosenlund said.
Carrier said that with Builders, non-programming people could construct application and Web services. "We can create profiles and you don't need a developer to create a profile," she said.
Frank Gillett, an analyst at Forrester Research, said that Bowstreet and others hold the potential to bring hard core programmers and business analysts closer together in the application development lifecycle process.
In addition to Bowstreet, companies such as Cape Clear, Microsoft, IBM, BEA, iPlanet, Hewlett-Packard and Oracle, are looking to make Web services creation easier.
"These tools are increasing the number of people who can use the technology to create apps," Gillett said. "What Bowstreet and others are working on will make it easier - but it will still require programmers."