Programming Briefs

By keeping its desktop Red Hat Inc. Linux product on a controlled release cycle, the Raleigh, N.C.-based Linux vendor makes it easier for users to have a reliable version to install and use on their machines. But for the open source developers who are always fiddling with the code, the controlled release cycle can be maddening, shutting off the flow of progress just as new ideas pop up. To address both needs, Red Hat announced that it’s transforming its standard Linux version from a boxed product into the Red Hat Linux Project, which won’t be sold on store shelves. Instead, the Project version will be a 24 x 7 development release available on the Web for continued innovation and features.

Compuware unveils Java development environment

Compuware Corp. recently shipped its OptimalJ 3.0

model-driven development environment for J2EE featuring integration with both mainframe-based IMS databases and integrated development environments from other vendors. OptimalJ accelerates development, maintenance, and integration of enterprise Java applications, enabling organizations to rapidly respond to business changes, according to Detroit-based Compuware. The product implements the Object Management Group Inc.’s MDA (Model-Driven Architecture), so IT departments can design software quickly while improving quality and reusability of code, Compuware said.

IBI ships Java API for flagship tool

Business intelligence software provider Information Builders Inc. (IBI) recently announced the immediate availability of a Java API for the company’s flagship WebFOCUS product. Developers now have the

ability to make WebFOCUS calls from directly within the Java environment using this API. By supporting the Java platform, IBI says the software enables companies to swiftly develop and deploy mission-critical applications using WebFOCUS reports.