1999 Product of the Year: Development Tools

IBM Corp. VisualAge for Java 3.0, Enterprise EditionDEVELOPMENT TOOLS are the workbench with which to create new software and the most important companion to the ingenuity and skill of developers. For the third year in a row, our accolade for such a tool goes to a development product for Java, a choice motivated by the widespread expectations of portability across platforms and the standardization generated by this matchless programming language.

The competition was stiff in 1999, but we decided that IBM VisualAge for Java 3.0, Enterprise Edition, was the top offering. VisualAge for Java earned this award because of its unsurpassed openness to multiple platforms, simplified development functionality for a variety of traditional and novel technologies, and unparalleled project and object-repository management features.

A company with diversified deployment and development systems can standardize on VisualAge for Java across all platforms for a simplified, homogeneous programming environment, ultimately saving money in training and licensing costs.

VisualAge for Java is the only tool that promotes development of Java applications on Microsoft Windows, Unix, Linux, and IBM OS/2, AS/400, and OS/390. Its rich set of Java class libraries simplifies programming interfaces for IBM's proprietary software, the ubiquitous transaction-monitoring system, the WebSphere application server, and third-party enterprise resource planning products.

VisualAge for Java is the undisputed leader of such software. It offers comprehensive and reliable functionality to maintain a consistent, automatically controlled set of Java classes for the developer. To simplify project control, IBM includes an integrated Team Server that monitors programmers' access to multiple, independent repositories of Java libraries.

Last, but not a minor issue for enterprise computing, IBM offers comprehensive and affordable technical support options for VisualAge developers.

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