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New simple, comprehensive WebSphere App Server tooling options speed application development
Kathleen Holm 2700009BHX KHOLM@US.IBM.COM | | Tags:  tooling infrastructure server was application websphere developers websphere-application-ser... rad eclipse development
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An interview with Program Director and Product Manager for IBM’s WebSphere Application Server portfolio, Walt Noffsinger
Hi Walt, Thanks for joining me today. Can you tell us a little bit about your background and what you’re working on at IBM today?
Sure, I’ve been with IBM for almost 11 years now. I am currently a Product Manager for the WebSphere Application Server portfolio-- the middleware that serves as the foundation for our customers’ web infrastructures. I help determine the portfolio’s evolution – working with Development, Sales and Marketing – to ensure our customers’ needs are met and that we’re anticipating their future needs.
Prior to this position, I managed IBM Printer Systems Division's (PSD) worldwide software business where I was responsible for the software products at the core of IBM's print and output architecture.
Before IBM, I was VP of Marketing and Product Management for Napersoft (a document composition software company), VP of Product Management for a healthcare software provider, and Director of Marketing for Pitney Bowes Software Systems.
Can you explain what is new and exciting about the recently announced WebSphere Application Server Tooling Bundles?
WN: There are two great new things WAS developers should be aware of. First, we are offering Eclipse Server Adapters for WAS v7 and WAS v8 as part of the WebSphere Development Tools for Eclipse package. These will be available on November 18th along with our current free download of WAS for Developers.
There are supported versions of these downloads which will be available as well.
Secondly, on Nov 18th, our WAS and WAS ND (v7 and v8) will offer purchase options that include a complete tooling package that can be used in conjunction with the servers purchased package. For a small increment over the current WAS prices, customers ordering these new bundles get both the new Eclipse Server Adapters (as part of the WebSphere Development Tools for Eclipse package) as well as the #1 rated Rational Application Developer (RAD). RAD is the premier IDE for WAS and offers developers robust capabilities for building applications via varied programming models available in the WAS. The idea for offering simple and comprehensive tools is to help facilitate and streamline varied development environments when building apps for WebSphere.
How is this offering going to make things easier/better for developers?
WN: On November 18th, Eclipse developers will have free and frictionless access to WAS Eclipse Server Adapters in addition to the WAS for developers. This will ensure their desktops have the environments they need to develop and easily deploy to WAS production infrastructure.
In addition, for customers using our premier RAD tool, they will now have access to WAS / RAD / WebSphere Development Tools for Eclipse. These bundles will be available for a small increment in price over the current WAS and WAS ND standalone products. The bundles will allow usage of RAD and/or Eclipse Server Adapters for developing applications that will be run on newly acquired WAS production licenses. This greatly streamlines the process for obtaining tooling and runtime environments for new WebSphere applications.
Our intent is to make sure developers have easy access to tools of choice when it comes to developing for WAS environments. Whether they are working in a strictly Eclipse-based environment or whether they have a more advanced IDE like RAD, developers can now more easily obtain environments and quickly become productive.
Can you explain what is included in the unsupported and supported bundles?
they require IBM support for those WAS desktops, they can purchase it
optionally. This same model will be
available for the IBM WebSphere Application Server for Developers- Tools
Edition for Eclipse. Folks
can download both for free and when needed, purchase support.
How do you install the bundles? What is the process?
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