IBM has garnered more support for the San Francisco Project, its initiative to develop object-oriented business application frameworks using the Java programming language.
IBM has announced that 25 more software vendors have signed on to develop tools and applications with the frameworks, bringing the total support to more than 75 vendors. The new vendors include Borland, which says its forthcoming JBuilder visual Java development tool will be compatible with the business application frameworks, Platinum Technology, Rational Software and Symantec.
IBM has also delivered early versions of the application frameworks in three areas -- general ledger, order processing and warehouse management -- to a small group of ISVs, officials say. In the first half of next year, IBM plans to deliver the early code and an education plan to a larger group of ISVs, and by midyear, it expects products to be available around the three frameworks.
The early code has received rave reviews from two ISVs, including Heinz Paul Bonn, chairman of GUS AG of Cologne, Germany, a software provider for the manufacturing industry. The GUS system engineer who has tested the frameworks praises them for their flexibility, reliability and platform-independence, Bonn says, adding that they would "catapult San Francisco into the leading edge of application development."
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