Borland’s JBuilder 2006 integrated development environment upgrade has been praised for its collaboration features.
Ovum practice leader for software, David Mitchell, said new features that allowed development teams to work jointly on projects from different locations were to be particularly welcomed.
He said, “Given development is often carried out jointly from different locations around the world this is particularly useful. It has always been possible to do this via a workaround but this makes things far easier and covers the whole development cycle.”
The upgrade features peer-to-peer developer collaboration and integrated application life-cycle support for requirements management, modelling, source code management and unit testing. There is also enhanced Java support and a chat feature that works like an instant messaging system.
JBuilder 2006 is the last major release of Java IDE based on the company's Primetime platform. From next year JBuilder releases will be based on the open source Eclipse application development platform. The first of these – codenamed Peloton - is due in the first half of next year.