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STAR Workbench 2.0 an XML IDE for STAR Members

MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail (STAR), a global information technology (IT) standards body for the retail automotive industry, will release an update to its popular STAR Workbench product at its October General Session meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The STAR Workbench 2.0 is a set of tools that the STAR XML Data Architects use on a daily basis, and is focused on XML related editing. The Workbench leverages version 3.4 of the Eclipse Platform, and Eclipse Web Development Tools 3.0, along with several open source applications.

As with the prior version of the STAR Workbench, the primary purpose of releasing the Workbench is to provide STAR members with a free set of XML tools that can be used to help with the implementation and testing of STAR BODs. The STAR Workbench provides a platform neutral tool set for testing and developing STAR BODs. New in version 2.0 is the ability to easily update the system as new features are added and bugs are fixed, through the built in Update Manager. Version 2.0 also adds more support for several Web Service technologies including WS-ReliableMessaging, WS-Policy, WS-Addressing, and XML Encryption and Digital Signatures. It also continues support for EBMS 2.0 by providing content assistance for EBMS messages and specifications.

The STAR Workbench is built off of the eclipse platform, it is using the same base technology as products from Oracle, IBM, INTEL, SAP, NOKIA, and other Eclipse Foundation members. According to David Carver, STAR XML Data Architect, "Leveraging the Eclipse Platform 3.4 and Eclipse Web Tools Platform 3.0, we can provide the same basic functionality that appears in higher commercial applications. Plus the workbench can be extended with a wide range of existing Eclipse plug-ins." This extensibility allows STAR members to expand the Workbench to become more than just an editor for XML and tailor it to their development needs for the STAR standard.

The STAR Workbench also leverages the Eclipse Mylyn 3.0 project to provide integrated support for STAR members to submit and monitor modification requests to the standard.

The STAR Workbench will be freely available to STAR members and their member companies. More information about the STAR Workbench can be found at the STAR website.

About STAR

The Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail (STAR) organization is the information technology (IT) standards organization for the retail automotive industry. STAR is leading the effort to implement voluntary IT standards throughout the automotive industry. These standards are designed to support business information needs and provide secure and reliable means for dealers, manufacturers, and retail system providers to communicate. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, STAR is a not-for-profit volunteer organization and its members include dealers, manufacturers and retail system providers. As members, these companies are interested in developing, promoting, and administering voluntary IT standards in the retail automotive industry and improving the effectiveness, timeliness and competitiveness of the IT solutions needed within the retail automotive industry.

STAR Membership Roster

Dealer Groups:

NADA

Retail System Providers:

ADP, Advent Resources, Inc., AIAG, American Financial Services Association, Arkona, AutoDESA, Auto/Mate, Inc., CIECA, DealerTrack, Innovative Programming Systems, Inc., Karmak, Motorcycle Industry Council, National Marine Manufacturer's Association, OAGI, Object Management Group (OMG), Oxlo Systems, PBS Financial Systems Inc., PROCEDE Software, Quorum Information Systems, Reynolds & Reynolds, RouteOne, T-Systems North America, Inc., Unipart Automotive Logistics

Manufacturers:

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. American Suzuki Motor Corp., BMW of North America, Inc., Daimler Trucks North America, LLC., Ford Motor Company General Motors Corp. Jaguar Cars, Mazda North American Operations, Navistar, Nissan North America, Inc., PACCAR, Inc. Porsche Cars North America, Inc., Renault, Toyota Motor Sales, USA

For further information, contact Ghezal Khalili, 703-556-8584

SOURCE STAR (Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail)

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