WebGain to offer Web services support

WebGain Inc. last Thursday detailed a pending version of its WebGain Studio suite of developer tools at the JavaOne developer conference in San Francisco.

WebGain said the forthcoming version of WebGain Studio 7 will allow the generation of WSDL (Web Services Description Language). Specifically for the BEA WebLogic application server, WebGain will enable developers to generate Web services, including functionality such as Stateless Session Beans, Message-Driven Beans, arbitrary Java classes, and composite Web services.

In addition to BEA Systems Inc.'s WebLogic 6.1 and 7.0, WebGain works with IBM Corp.'s WebSphere 4.0, and .Net-based Web Services, according to the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company.

A number of tools vendors, in fact, used the JavaOne developer conference this week as a forum to tout their wares.

Borland Software Corp. and Sybase Inc. announced that Sybase will resell Borland's JBuilder, as JBuilder 6 Enterprise Sybase Edition, to its customers. The companies said that Borland's tools will be tightly tied to Sybase's e-business platform, including EAServer and Enterprise Portal.

Rational Software Corp., based in Lexington, Mass., showed off its Adaptive Test Playback technology, which is a Java testing technology that the company claims can increase the resiliency of applications as they go through multiple revisions.

Analysts said that as third parties continue to support Java and J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) and developers, in turn, gain more tools for Web services, the number of Java developers will increase.

Gartner Inc., in Stamford, Conn., predicts that by 2005 there will be 2.5 million developers using Java.

Peter Urban, a senior analyst at AMR Research Inc. in Boston, said that as Sun Microsystems Inc., its partners, and the ISVs provide more tools to developers, the pieces are falling into place for building and deploying Web services.

"The vendors have got to set up the technologies and tools before people can start building Web services," Urban said.

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