The journey to transition IBM EGL to an open technology began in 2008 and has culminated in our announcement today of the first, completely open source tool for building modern applications with EGL. Eclipse EGL Web Developer Tools version 0.7 provide many of the capabilities found today in our IBM EGL tools, but is built from the ground up on an open, extensible compiler and generator framework. This will enable an entirely new level of innovation - a level that has not been seen up to this point. We are excited to see where the technology goes, and are especially excited to see how the community evolves and contributes to the technology over the coming years.
The tool we are announcing today is focused on simplifying the development of web solutions. With this tool you can:
- Visually construct modern rich applications that run in all popular web browsers, utilizing the Dojo toolkit and other standard HTML widgets
- Integrate with existing JSON and XML-based web services
- Create web services that perform business logic and interface with relational databases
- Test and debug end-to-end (browser to server) across the entire solution without needing to configure or deploy to a server
- Deploy to a local Java application server (like Apache Tomcat) and export as a standard Java web archive (WAR)
For those of you familiar with IBM EGL Community Edition (the free tool IBM delivered in 2009), you will see many similarities. But, we have also contributed many of the great capabilities
delivered in Rational Business Developer version 8.0.1, as well as added completely new capabilities, like a new IDE Test Server that greatly simplifies and speeds up development and test of services all from within the IDE.
The EGL technology has come a long way over the last few years, and we are grateful for the continued support from our customer and partner community. We encourage all of you to explore the details of the open project and to download and try the new tools. Your feedback is important to us. I would encourage everyone to visit the EDT project site
and read through the overview - it describes our view of EGL and why we believe it is such a valuable (and unique) technology.
A special thank you to the many good people that have worked so hard on and devoted so much of their lives to this technology (and its predecessors). The list of people that have contributed to this technology over the years is huge and the technology would not be what it is today without their efforts.
Thanks - and happy developing!