Compuware has unveiled OptimalJ 3.1, a model-driven Java development tool featuring support for the web services-security specification as well as integration with application servers, modeling tools and messaging middleware.
The product, which supports UML, uses a model-driven, pattern-based (MDPB) approach, which uses patterns to automatically translate business models into working applications.
A highlight of Version 3.1 is support for web services-security (WS-Security), a specification expected to be finalised by Oasis next month.
Analyst Rikki Kirzner, research director for application development and deployment at International Data, said that with security such a major issue these days, particularly in regards to web services, tools suppliers need to start incorporating it into their products.
Version 3.1 also adds application server deployment support to BEA WebLogic Server and IBM WebSphere and adds integration with the Borland Together Control Centre and SparxSystems Enterprise Architect Modeling tools.
IBM's WebSphere MQ software also can link to OptimalJ enabling OptimalJ to participate in MQ transactional environments.
Compuware said its MDPB approach enables companies to overcome the challenge of developing J2EE applications with limited resources. OptimalJ provides automation to close the J2EE skills gap.
With Version 3.2, the company plans to extend the product to generate unit tests for quality assurance testing.
Version 3.1 is priced at $800 for the Developer Edition, which enables developers to focus on business logic and code customisation, and $5,000 for the Professional Edition, which allows software analysts and designers to map business requirements and models.
A third version, the Architecture Edition, costs $10,000 per named developer and is intended for software architects to enforce standards and best practices and implement frameworks.
Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld