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LogicBlaze FUSE Now Offers an Eclipse Based Integrated Development Environment

FUSE Helps Design Integration Projects Comprising Std Java B'ness Integration Components.

LogicBlaze, a provider of open source solutions for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and business integration, announced the availability of the LogicBlaze FUSE Development Environment. Based on the Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP), the FUSE Development Environment is an integrated development environment (IDE) that provides a graphical user interface (GUI) for developers and architects to easily design integration projects that comprise standard Java Business Integration (JBI) components.

The LogicBlaze FUSE Development Environment offers enterprises additional ease-of-use capabilities that allow for easier adoption of LogicBlaze FUSE, the freely-available, open source SOA platform. An alternative to costly commercially-licensed integration solutions, LogicBlaze FUSE fully integrates leading technologies from the Apache Software Foundation and other open source communities in a professionally supported offering. The FUSE Development Environment is the first IDE designed specifically for managing JBI components with a straightforward GUI-based view for the development, configuration and deployment of services in the managed SOA framework based on the JBI specification.

"Open source projects have characteristically lacked easy-to-learn graphical tools, which has been a barrier in the adoption of open source based SOA and business integration solutions in the enterprise," said Alex Fletcher, founder of and lead analyst at Entiva Group, Inc. "LogicBlaze is providing architects and developers with the appropriate tooling products to accompany its FUSE SOA platform, helping to bring the ease-of-use of its open source solution to the level of its commercially licensed counterparts."

"The LogicBlaze FUSE Development Environment dramatically increases the number of developers that can contribute to the design and deployment of SOA on the LogicBlaze FUSE platform," said Rob Davies, vice president of product marketing, LogicBlaze. "LogicBlaze is continually improving the use and adoption of the LogicBlaze FUSE platform and offering an Eclipse-based IDE makes JBI concepts easier to grasp, while additional features such as validation and debugging reduce total development time to a fraction of what was previously required."

The key distinction between the LogicBlaze FUSE Development Environment and development toolsets provided by commercial vendors is that the FUSE Development Environment is based on JBI specifications. The JBI specification introduces a standards-based approach to integration architecture, increasing customer choice and minimizing lock-in to vendor-specific architectures. The FUSE Development Environment leverages JBI standards to provide end-user control over standards-based components and services in the LogicBlaze FUSE runtime architecture.

Key features of the FUSE Development Environment include:

* Graphical User Interface: Enables architects to define projects, create service engines, link service units, expose connections, and design service interactions.
* Configuration and Deployment Control: Maven project object model (POM) used to manage configuration of integration components.
* Automatic Code Generation: Wizards provide starting points for projects and nearly complete code, and dependencies are automatically downloaded through Maven.
* Debugging: Full Eclipse debug mode accessible on the FUSE server with automatic deployment of dependencies to the server.
* Management Console Integration: LogicBlaze FUSE management console accessible directly through the GUI for immediate view of components executing in the runtime environment.
* BPEL Orchestration Processes: Design and implementation of process orchestrations by the Apache Ode engine--BPEL engine standard in the FUSE platform. (Available in the Enterprise Edition, to be released in October 2006.)

The LogicBlaze FUSE Development Environment is provided by LogicBlaze in a complete package available in a single downloadable binary that includes the Eclipse platform, WTP project framework, necessary plug-ins, and all code specific to the LogicBlaze FUSE platform. Available in two configurations, the Standard Edition is free to download directly from the LogicBlaze Web site at . The Enterprise Edition includes the features and capabilities of the Standard Edition with additional capabilities.

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