Palm's big third party
The Palm operating system seems quite popular with third-party application developers, with the vendor announcing its 10,000th third-party software application for Palm handheld users.
Application number 10,000 was the Novell GroupWise 6 Web clipping application, but if you were wondering whether there's enough room on reseller shelves for all those apps, you need not worry. Palm is selling them direct via its "software connection" Web site.
According to Palm chief operating officer Michael Mace, an average of 500 new software products for the Palm OS platform are being released by developers every month. "Our coterie of developers make more software available for Palm handhelds every few months than are available for other handheld platforms in total," he said.
Visual Studio.NET widens
Microsoft has unveiled two new editions of its upcoming Web services development suite, Visual Studio.NET.
The software giant has announced the development of two new versions - Visual Studio.NET Enterprise Architect and Visual Studio.NET Enterprise Developer, in addition to the existing Visual Studio.NET professional edition, already announced. The new editions will focus on three key areas: software and database modelling; development frameworks and templates; and Web services testing.
Microsoft also discussed efforts to enable third-party tools and languages to be integrated into Visual Studio. The vendor will integrate the Rational Software's E-biz Accelerators and its Unified Process for .NET and Mercury Interactive's Application Performance Management solutions into Visual Studio.NET.
Microsoft said beta 2 of Visual Studio.NET will be available by mid June.
JBuilder 5.0 launch nears
Borland Software has announced that the latest version of its Web development tool, JBuilder 5.0, will be available next month. This latest version of the company's Java 2 Enterprise Edition-compliant development environment includes support for XML, integration with Borland's App Server and application servers from IBM (WebSphere) and BEA Systems (WebLogic), and support for code management tools from Microsoft and Rational Software.
The Australian JBuilder 5 product launches begin on the 1st of June at Sydney's Hilton Hotel, before moving on to Parliament House in Canberra on June 4, the Park Hyatt in Melbourne on June 5, and Brisbane's Hilton Hotel on June 6. For more information, resellers and developers can visit www.borland.com.au/events/jbuilder5