Borland eyes WebGain users

Seeing an opportunity in the recent demise of tools vendor WebGain Inc., Borland Software Corp. on Tuesday plans to announce an effort to convert VisualCafé and WebGain Studio tools users over to Borland's own JBuilder Java tool.

Borland is announcing what it calls a "migration roadmap" featuring a free tool called JBuilder WebGain Import Utility Wizard as well as technical support. The import wizard is compatible with JBuilder and will enable current VisualCafé and WebGain Studio users to move applications to JBuilder and the Borland Enterprise Studio for Java development offerings. Enterprise Studio is built around JBuilder.

JBuilder works with application servers such as BEA WebLogic Server.

"This is really a migration tool for [VisualCafé] customers," said Bill Pataky, director of product management of the Java business unit of Borland, in Scotts Valley, Calif. "From what we understand, most of their customers were also BEA customers so this is a natural migration for them."

JBuilder WebGain Import Utility Wizard ships on Tuesday, according to Borland.

WebGain recently sold off product wares to companies including Oracle and TogetherSoft. VisualCafé, and WebGain Studio were sold off to TogetherSoft.

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