Product review: Elemental ships Drumbeat for JSP

If you are a Web developer looking for an alternative to Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASPs), you will be happy to learn that last month Sun Microsystems announced the JavaServer Pages (JSP) 1.0 specification. In concert with this announcement, Elemental Software was to release Drumbeat 2000/JSP for IBM WebSphere. Drumbeat 2000 is already well-known for bringing Rapid Application Development to Microsoft's ASP technology. (See our review of Drumbeat 2000 at www.infoworld.com/printlinks.)The Drumbeat 2000/JSP application is essentially split into two levels. The first level provides a GUI that allows developers to visually define and manipulate a Web site. I was able to drag and drop elements into the page layout and immediately see the results. The second level is the server component, which stores and compiles code. It works with IBM's WebSphere (a Java application server) and the IBM DB2 database on any platform those applications support.

The beta version I reviewed was very stable, and aside from having to make a few minor tweaks during the installation, the application was flawless. Its visual development environment allowed me to build a dynamic, database-driven Java and HTML Web site without having to touch or write a single line of HTML or Java code.

If you need to develop an enterprise-level Web site, but would rather not deal with ASP technology, Drumbeat 2000/JSP is a solution for you.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Drumbeat 2000/JSP for IBM WebSphere, betaSummary: This visual development tool enables developers to write platform- and server-independent Web applications using Java Server Pages.

Business Case: Web applications written with Drumbeat 2000/JSP theoretically will be more scalable and better equipped for the enterprise.

Pros

+ Simple to install

+ Wizard-based

+ Feature-rich

Cons

- None significant

Platforms: Server: WebSphere Java Server on Windows NT, Solaris, AIX, Linux, NetWare, or IBM OS/390

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