Asia catching up on Java development: Inprise

Asian companies are one to two years behind the US in adopting advanced Java software technologies, but growth in the Java market in Asia is faster than in the US, according to software tools vendor Inprise/Borland.

"In Silicon Valley, Java is an integral part of software development," said George Navarro, senior systems engineer at Inprise. "Asia has been late [to use Java] but it's now getting into it."

The development gap can be seen in the different Java technologies being used in the two regions, Navarro said at the Singapore launch of Inprise's JBuilder 4 Java development tool.

"Asian developers are still concentrating on database and CORBA (Common Object Request Broker Architecture)," he said. "In the US, development in EJB (Enterprise Java Beans) is very prevalent."

But the number of Java programmers is growing faster in Asia than elsewhere, according to Leong Weng Loong, sales and marketing director for Inprise Singapore.

"There is a considerable increase in the number of enquiries we are seeing for JBuilder," he said.

According to figures from International Data Corp (IDC), the number of Java developers in the US rose 47 per cent in 1999 to reach 1.9 million. That figure will rise to 4.4 million by 2003, according to IDC figures. (IDC is a subsidiary of International Data Group, the parent company of IDG News Service.)JBuilder 4, released last month in the US, includes new features for team development, Java Server Pages, and support for more application servers, according to Inprise. JBuilder 4 is tightly integrated with the Borland Application Server and now offers support for BEA Systems' WebLogic server, the company said.

JBuilder Enterprise edition sells for $US2900. The Foundation edition can be downloaded for free.

It supports Windows, Solaris and Linux operating systems and will soon be available for Apple Computer Inc.'s Mac OS X as well as for Intel's forthcoming IA-64 chip architecture.

Other future developments include support for WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) and J2ME (Java 2 Micro Edition), as well as the iPlanet and Websphere server platforms. EJB modeling and UML (Unified Modeling Language) will also be made available in future versions, Inprise officials said at the launch.

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