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Genuitec Targets Web 2.0 Developers With MyEclipse 4.1

Genuitec's MyEclipse 4.1 First AJAX Tool On Eclipse

With the release of MyEclipse 4.1, Genuitec LLC is going after the Web 2.0 developer by adding AJAX support to its Eclipse-based integrated development environment.

The MyEclipse Enterprise Workbench 4.1 will support AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) tools including integrated JavaScript editing and debugging capabilities, offer an integrated image editor and include other new Web 2.0 development capabilities, including early access to MyEclipse W2TP (Web 2.0 Tools Platform) for lightweight next-generation post-J2EE Java Web applications, drag-n-drop rapid application development features with near zero hand coding.
"With 4.1 we jump on the AJAX bandwagon," said Todd Williams (pictured), vice president of technology at Genuitec. "We're the first AJAX development tool on Eclipse."

Wayne Parrot, vice president of product management at Genuitec, said the company had been working on AJAX support for at least six months and continues to look at Web 2.0 technologies and lighter weight development alternatives. The new MyEclipse image editor supports both rich client platform and AJAX development, he said, adding that the MyEclipse toolset will continue to address the demand from developers for lightweight alternatives to J2EE.

Parrot said Genuitec is "looking closely at Ruby on Rails," another lightweight Web development platform, for possible support in an upcoming release of the MyEclipse toolset. Masri noted that AJAX, while a new acronym is not based on new technology, where Ruby on Rails is. "The challenge is that companies are less likely to jump on a new standard as they are to use new practices of old standards," he said speaking of AJAX and Ruby on Rails. "It's more likely the Java community will recognize the movement to Ruby on Rails and provide a port or something" through the JCP (Java Community Process), he said.

Genuitec has proved that Eclipse does provide a platform for a software company to actually make money on an Eclipse-based IDE, said Maher Masri, president of Genuitec. Genuitec supports more than 180,000 developers in more than 7,000 organizations, and the company adds between 12,000 and 20,000 new developers each month. "We saw about a 170 percent rise in sales since we released 4.0," he said. "And we've seen a 130 percent increase in revenue on our Eclipse-specific products."

MyEclipse 4.1will be available for download in mid-December, Genuitec officials said.

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