Borland integrating TogetherSoft into apps

Borland Software this Wednesday plans to add technology gained in its TogetherSoft acquisition to its Java tools suite.

The company is launching Borland Together Edition for JBuilder, a Borland-labeled version of the modeling environment that became the company's property through the acquisition of TogetherSoft. Borland announced the acquisition, valued at approximately US$210 million, in October and closed on it last month.

Together Edition for JBuilder also will become part of Borland Enterprise Studio 5 for Java, an upgraded version of the company's development suite for Java development, and replace Rational Rose in that suite, Borland officials said.

"We're actually replacing Rose in the Studio with a much better-integrated product family," said Todd Olson, chief scientist for the Borland Together business unit.

Users will get capabilities they did not have before, such as the ability to keep designs of the models synchronized with the application, Olson said.

"Very often, the design doesn't look like the finished product. Now, we have the ability to keep it all synchronized," he said.

An analyst said replacing Rose with the Together product was a positive development.

"Both tools provide similar, basic functionality -- UML modeling," said Thomas Murphy, program director at Meta Group. "In the Java market, the TogetherSoft product has been more popular overall and has generally had better support of Java whereas Rational really supports the UML specification."

Developers will be able to migrate existing Rose models to Together tools easily, Murphy said.

In addition to Borland Together, Borland Enterprise 5 Studio for Java includes JBuilder, an environment for building enterprise Java applications; Optimizeit Suite, for improving performance of applications; Enterprise Server App Server Edition, which is an application server; and JDataStore, a Java database that can be embedded in applications.

The suite costs $6,999 and ships in March. Borland Together purchased separately costs $3,999 and also ships in March.

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