IBM Rational Rapid Developer 2003 release 2 will enable development of portals for deployment on the IBM WebSphere Portal Server, IBM Rational officials have claimed.
The tool will also improve the ability to integrate legacy applications with the web through support of the Java Connector Architecture (JCA).
"We're providing a single tool for development of web, wireless, and portal-based apps so that you don't need a separate tool to go off and do your portal development," said Patrick Luther, market manager for Rapid Developer at IBM Rational.
The combination of WebSphere and the Rational tool will enable users to design and deploy portlets, which provide personalisation capabilities in portals, faster, and developers do not need to be experts in portal or Java programming to use the tool.
JCA capabilities in Rapid Developer will enable developers to link legacy applications such as CICS or iSeries (formerly IBM AS/400) applications to the web through a graphical, drag-and-drop interface.
Rational Rapid Developer 2003 release 2 carries a list price of $6,595. The tool will compete with offerings such as Compuware OptimalJ and BEA Systems WebLogic Workshop.
Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld