IBM automates web development

IBM has rolled out a series of tools designed to relieve programmers of some of the menial work associated with web development,...

IBM has rolled out a series of tools designed to relieve programmers of some of the menial work associated with web development, freeing them to focus on building, deploying and testing applications and websites on demand. 

The tools take away from programmers the responsibility of having to update individual pages, change links within websites, and debug errors in the code by automating these functions. Programmers can now update information across multiple sites automatically, simultaneously move groups of links to another part of the site, and debug applications including Visual Basic and Java Script code running in the browser. 

Among the tools, which will be included in WebSphere 5.1, is a new website designer with templates which allow developers to apply updates to multiple pages on a website at the same time so they do not have to do so individually. Version 5.1 also enables developers to access all the pages from one section of a site and move them to another and automatically update the navigation process. 

The latest tools also provide the ability to predict problems that could cause bottlenecks for applications once they are deployed to the network. WebSphere Studio is capable of generating a report that takes away any guesswork involved in gauging how much capacity is needed. 

IBM claimed the tools are the first from a major player to ascribe to the most recent Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) standards, namely the WS-I Basic Profile 1.0. This latest standard lays down guidelines for how core web services applications should be used together to create web services that are interoperable. 

This enables WebSphere Studio to generate messages when a web service is not consistent with a profile. Developers can then use wizards to generate interoperable web services code and verify whether web services are consistent with a profile, a company spokesman said.

Ed Scannell writes for InfoWorld

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