BEA buys to boost Open Source

BEA's acquisition of M7 has given the company Eclipse-based development tools and will strengthen the presence of open source tools in the market, say analysts.

BEA's acquisition of M7 has given the company Eclipse-based development tools and will strengthen the presence of open source tools in the market, say analysts.

BEA announced this week it had acquired Eclipse-based tools supplier M7 and that it planned a strategy to combine open source and commercial software development tools in products to be launched next year.

BEA's existing tools will be merged with M7's - whose NitroX development environment supports Struts, Hibernate, JavaServer Faces and JavaServer Pages frameworks - to form a product based on Eclipse called BEA
Workshop for Java IDE, which is due next year.

The acquisition  also strengthens the company's open source presence said Michael Azoff, senior research analyst with the Butler Group, said, "Open Source is going from strength to strength - there's no looking back now.

Everyone realises they need a stake in this market and this is BEA consolidating its position in that area. BEA has been losing market
share with WebLogic - JBoss and IBM are strong in that space - and BEA are looking to diversify."

M7's development tools have design, debug, and open source capabilities that go beyond those of BEA's existing Java tool WebLogic Workshop. Its AppXRay and AppXaminer tools examine code, database mapping and web applications which make finding inconsistencies in Java and web applications easier. M7 also has graphical tools that maps JDBC-compliant databases, modifies or executes SQL commands and automatically generates object-relational mappings in the Hibernate framework.

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