California-based Inprise has announced JBuilder 4, the latest version of its Java-based cross-platform development environment.
In this version, the company has addressed team development, Java Server Pages and support for more application servers, according to the head of the company's Java business unit, Tony de la Lama.
JBuilder 4 is tightly integrated with the Borland Application Server and offers support for BEA Systems' WebLogic server.
According to officials at the companies, users can seamlessly run and debug Enterprise Java Beans (EJB) and CORBA applications locally or remotely in the JBuilder environment and deploy EJB instantly without shutting down the application server.
According to de la Lama, Inprise also plans to support more application servers in the future, including IBM WebSphere and iPlanet, built by the Sun-Netscape Alliance.
"We've been discussing this with both, and we really think there is a need for it," de la Lama says.
The JBuilder 4 productivity environment supports EJB 1.1-compliant development on Windows, Linux, and Solaris platforms.
JBuilder 4 also includes enhancements such as new visual two-way-tools, designers and wizards, such as the entity Bean modeller, that shorten the development and deployment of e-business applications.
Other features include support for Java 2 Version 1.3 and the JDataStore 4 pure Java Object Relational Database Management System for Web, mobile and embedded applications.