IBM this week officially unveiled its VisualAge for Java Version 2.0 upgrade, which bolsters the tool's enterprise development hooks, beefs up support for team development, and adds an application programming interface (API) for integrating third-party tools.
The upgrade is IBM's first to include support for the Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) specification. It includes Enterprise Access Builders for adding persistence support and connections to IBM's CICS and TXSeries transaction middleware and SAP AG's R/3 enterprise application servers, according to IBM officials.
Sporting a revamped integrated development environment (IDE), VisualAge for Java Version 2.0, Professional Edition, includes IBM's native Java compilers for Windows NT, AIX, OS/2, OS/400, and OS/390, allowing developers to boost performance on those platforms, according to company officials.
The updated Java tool also includes JavaBeans for adding links to Java Database Connectivity (JDBC)-compatible databases, improved team development repository and version control, Lotus Domino support, Tivoli Systems' systems management capabilities, support for the Object Management Group's CORBA Interface Definition Language (IDL) and Internet Inter-ORB Protocol (IIOP), and a remote testing and debugging tool.
Also new is support for Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.1.6 and Swing 1.0.2 Java classes, and the ability to work with graphical user interfaces (GUIs) developed in other tools.
Still in beta testing (available at http://www.software.ibm.com/vadd/), the upgrade is slated to ship later this quarter on Windows and OS/2 and to ship in the fourth quarter on AIX and OS/390.