Issue No. 11 - November (2004 vol. 37)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MC.2004.218
Popkin Updates Enterprise Architecture Tool
System Architect 10, the latest version of Popkin Software's enterprise architecture and modeling tool, captures, analyzes, and visually communicates information about how systems, applications, and business processes interrelate. Organizations can then share this data as a means to improve decision making about technology and business alignment.
Contact the company for licensing information; www.popkin.com.
Sun Ships New Version of Java
According to Sun Microsystems, Java 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0 is the most significant upgrade to the Java platform and language in nearly a decade. Generics, enumerated types, metadata, and autoboxing of primitive types are all improvements designed to speed up coding.
J2SE 5.0 is available for free downloading at www.java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/download.jsp.
Microsoft Betas Visual Studio 2005
Visual Studio 2005 is Microsoft's new tool for building Windows, Web, or mobile business applications. Designed for occasional developers working in small organizations, it maintains the simplicity of the Visual Studio Express products but delivers access to features for building data-driven smart clients and Web applications. Visual Studio 2005 also helps ease migration to the .NET framework.
Download the beta version at http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/vs2005.
Developer Suite from PalmSource
PalmSource has released Palm OS Developer Suite 1.0, a software package designed to help create multimedia and wireless applications for ARM- and 68 Kbytes-based Palm devices. It includes an open source IDE based on Eclipse, originally developed by IBM. Eclipse is a commercial-quality IDE with hundreds of plug-in tools that support languages such as C++, Java, and Cobol.
Palm OS Developer Suite 1.0 is free to all PalmSource-registered developers; www.palmsource.com.
Xilinx Simplifies Embedded Processing Design
Platform Studio 6.3i from Xilinx simplifies system-level embedded processing design on Xilinx FPGAs including the MicroBlaze and immersed PowerPC cores. The tool automates architecture-level design steps and offers a new software environment based on the Eclipse IDE.
The Platform Studio 6.3i package costs $495 and includes licensing for the MicroBlaze soft processor; www.xilinx.com.
Newest Version of Verity KeyView SDKs
Verity announced the latest release of its KeyView suite of SDKs for enterprise applications. Version 8 offers content viewing, filtering, and export capabilities that give users access to a range of intellectual capital in 300 file formats and 70 languages. Each SDK supports multiple programming environments as well as Itanium processors for applications that run on the most popular operating systems.
Contact the company for licensing information; www.verity.com.
Identity Management Tool for Mixed Platforms from Vintela
The newest version of Vintela's identity management software, Authentication Services 2.6, natively integrates Unix and Linux environments with Microsoft Active Directory to provide a single, centrally managed point of control. It provides real-time authorization and authentication without the need for proprietary protocols, password synchronizers, or complex administrative tasks.
VAS 2.6 costs $200 per Unix/Linux server and starts at $25 per user account when purchasing 10 licenses; www.vintela.com.