Borland Launches JBuilder 2006 With Team Features

JBuilder 2006 is an enhanced Java IDE from the Cupertino, Calif., company that offers new features optimized for teams of developers to collaborate in real time and across geographical boundaries, as well as new support for integrated application lifecycle management.

For instance, JBuilder 2006 offers new peer-to-peer developer collaboration features and integrated application lifecycle support for requirements management, source code management and unit testing, Borland said.

One Borland product manager said customers are increasingly demanding tools that allow distributed development across time zones and version 2006 enables the notion of virtual peer programming.

"As teams become more distributed and roles are dispersed, it highlights the importance to optimize the development process," said Rob Cheng, director of product marketing. "This is a way for developers to design, edit and debug apps remotely in real time, automatically find other JBuilder clients and allows users to invite them into a sessions and share projects, and allow other JBuilder users not only to view them but takes turns and jointly co-edit code."

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This is the last standalone version of the Java IDE, which was first launched in 1997.

The next version of JBuilder, code-named "Peloton" and due in the first half of 2006, is the first that will use the Eclipse open source platform as the underlying integration framework.

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