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BEA Gears Up for App Sever Release

By Thor Olavsrud (Send Email)
Posted Apr 26, 2002


Duking it out with Sun Microsystems and IBM Corp. for the J2EE-based application server market, BEA Systems Inc. Friday said it will make the BEA WebLogic Server 7.0 generally available next week.

The new J2EE 1.3-compliant application server is aimed at improving the productivity of developers. BEA said the enhancements include fewer manual steps, cleaner code, and easy packaging. BEA Systems is set to announce the general availability of WebLogic Server 7.0 next week.

WebLogic Server 7.0 adds WebLogic Builder, a new graphical tool for assembling, packaging and deploying J2EE applications on the server. BEA said the tool, coupled with new command-line utilities, reduces the number of manual steps necessary to create deployable J2EE applications.

"Integrated with the server, these tools are a big win for developer productivity," BEA said. "Developers can use them to automatically create 100 percent accurate deployment descriptors, eliminating the need for manual editing and XML expertise. Moreover, these utilities can be employed to automatically regenerate deployment descriptors when migrating applications from other application servers, or past versions of WebLogic Server."

The application server also includes a smart compilation utility for generating deployable J2EE components, and introduces a new security framework -- the WebLogic Security service. BEA said developers can use the unified security infrastructure to secure interactions between Enterprise Java Beans, Web applications or Java applications and BEA WebLogic.

Other additions include tools to allow developers to automatically expose applications as Web services without additional skills or coding, as well as tools to simplify the management and configuration of clusters, code and content updates.

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