At the JavaOne show , IBM has announced the latest additions to the San Francisco Framework, an IBM-led industry initiative which aims to provide Java-based business components for building customisable, server-side business applications.
The latest additions provide developers with a framework for building order processing and warehouse/inventory management applications, IBM said.
The company also announced it has opened San Francisco technology centers around the world intended to help programmers and project leaders learn more about the benefits of using a Java framework to speed application development, officials said.
IBM was joined at a press conference by partners who announced products this week that use the San Francisco Framework, which is intended to generate approximately 40 percent of a complete application system before customised components are added.
The partners included Visient, which announced SF Bridge, a toolkit designed to bridge San Francisco's application framework with modeling and Java development tools using of the industry-standard Unified Modeling Language (UML). SF Bridge helps developers overcome the complexities of object-oriented development through a series of wizards, builders and intelligent design and code generation rules, said Glenn Vander Laan, Visient's director of marketing.
SF Bridge integrates the San Francisco framework with Rational Rose, a component-based visual modeling tool, and Borland International Inc.'s JBuilder. SF Bridge will be available within 45 days, priced at US$800 per developer license, officials said.
Camelot IS2 International Inc. announced Skyva, a scaleable supply chain management system. The first version of the product, which was released in beta today, will seamlessly integrate into SAP AG's R/3 system, Camelot officials said.
Select Software Tools Inc. of Irvine, California, announced that IBM will publish San Francisco components in Select's ComponentManager product, and that the companies will work together to develop a code generator for San Francisco that will be marketed by both companies.