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BEA Announces Support for EJB 3 and Spring

BEA Unveils Workshop Studio Providing Industry's First Extensive Eclipse Tooling for EJB3 Persistence Engines

BEA Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAS), announced the latest release of its award-winning, Eclipse-based BEA Workshop Studio. With the final release of BEA Workshop Studio 3.0, With this announcement, BEA becomes the first in the industry to provide Eclipse Tools for the pre-final Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0 (EJB3) persistence interface. EJB3 is an eagerly anticipated specification of the upcoming Java Platform Enterprise Edition 5 (Java EE 5) specification. EJB3 is designed to provide developers lightweight container requirements and to dramatically simplify development with new POJO-based persistence APIs for object/relational mappings.

With this latest release, BEA is positioned to meet the demand for early access to EJB3 tools that are powerful and easy to use. BEA is the only vendor providing multiple options for persistence engines that support the EJB3 persistence specification, designed to provide both an open source and commercial option via Hibernate and BEA Kodo, two popular O/R mapping solutions which can provide access to and communicate with relational databases. The open source Spring Integrated Development Environment Project (IDE) is slated to be bundled with BEA Workshop Studio, bolstering BEA support for the Spring Framework within the WebLogic® platform.

“As an existing user of the Workshop Studio Hibernate tools, I appreciate that the EJB3 tools are so similar; and can make it easy to learn. Also, the AppXRay™ dependency mapping for EJB3 related annotations and artifacts really has helped me validate my code,” said Andrew Timpone, at FedEx Custom Critical.

By expanding Workshop Studio to Spring and EJB3, BEA helps enable customers to preview new technologies and take advantage of professional visual tools for data persistence and Java application framework support.

Blended Environments Offer Best of Both Worlds

Adding tools for EJB3 persistence is a commercial value-add to leading open source development tools such as Eclipse, helping to provide customers more flexibility to use leading open source application frameworks, tools and persistence engines. In addition, blending open source development tools such as Eclipse and the Spring IDE with BEA Workshop Studio is designed to enable BEA to innovate rapidly and provide superior low-cost solutions that are based on open source plug-ins available in the community.

“Developers are using open source frameworks such as Spring to simplify writing enterprise Java applications,” Rod Johnson, founder of the Spring Framework and chief executive officer of Interface21, the company largely responsible for the vision and leadership of the Spring framework. “The latest release of BEA Workshop Studio is designed to make it easier to use Eclipse and develop in Spring. BEA’s continued support of the open source community can help to foster future innovation in the J2EE community.”

“BEA’s unique blended development model is designed to provide customers with the ability to mix and match open source and commercial software and programming models in order to help to minimize integration and testing headaches,” said Bill Roth, vice president of the BEA Workshop Business Unit. “The BEA Workshop products are focused on service creation, development and testing. Our blended approach can offer IT organizations and developers more choice and flexibility when creating SOA components and services that require persistence mechanisms, use of open source frameworks, tools and deployment platforms.”

Pricing and Availability

BEA Workshop Studio is available immediately for $899. It is immediately downlloadable at:

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