WebSphere Studio is the standard tool for developing applications in an IBM environment, and IBM is now starting to release plug-in tools for its various middleware offerings.
The WebSphere Studio plug-in for Tivoli Systems management software became available yesterday, and the plug-in for IBM eServer iSeries midrange servers will be available next month, according to Bernie Spang, director of WebSphere Studio marketing at IBM.
"We're addressing the developer pain of having to integrate separate tools," Spang said, adding that the new tools should help reduce the time and cost of developing applications.
Plug-ins will be released for other IBM middleware products, including Lotus Domino, DB2, MQ Integrator Broker and the CrossWorlds business-process integration software, later this year.
IBM's WebSphere tools are built on its Eclipse open-source platform, which enables developers to work from a single portal-like interface with a wide range of tools from IBM and other vendors.
Launched last year, the Eclipse project is managed by a consortium of vendors that includes Borland Software, Fujitsu Software, Rational Software, Red Hat and Sybase.
IBM also announced that a beta version of its WebSphere Studio Enterprise Developer product would be available next month for free download.