Australian developer builds visual Java tool

Australian developer builds visual Java tool

Brisbane-based development tool specialist inteRAD Technology has announced a visual Java development tool for the Sun Microsystems ONE Studio integrated development environment (IDE).

Version three of Build-IT complements Sun ONE Studio tools to provide an IDE and component assembly portal focused on improving programmer productivity, company officials said. It combines advanced visualisation and rapid application development technologies with Java application editing and the project management capabilities of Sun ONE Studio.

A spokesman said the company will apply for a patent later this year for what he described as an "unique" feature of Build-IT: its round trip engineering technology.

"It's always time-consuming for programmers on the same project to have to learn what someone else did. With Build-IT's round trip engineering, programmers can look at the flowchart, reverse it and see the code. Or they can see the code and reverse it to the flowchart," said marketing director Peter Cobcroft.

He said another unique feature that Build-IT offers programmers is the ability to create a whole program visually.

"Build-IT provides front- and back-end visualisation, so you don't need to mess around with code. You can if you want to though," Cobcroft said.

Build-IT has 17,000 users, according to Cobcroft, and has been available for download (15M bytes) for about a year from the inteRAD Web site. Other editions are available for purchase.

Cobcroft said version three of Build-IT had undergone a "complete rebuild".

"We previously spent about $600,000 on a launch of Build-IT in London, which is a lot of money for a company the size of ours. Europeans though seem to be slow adopters of technology; they only want something when it's been tried and tested."

Build-IT is fully Java compliant and interacts with Star Office, as well as languages such as XML and SOAP.

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