In case you missed it, Rational Business Developer (RBD) version 8 was announced
today! Version 8 represents a major update to RBD. The release is built on a new level of Eclipse (3.6) and includes a great set of new capabilities, many of which are focused on improving developer productivity and ease of use. Lots of focus has been put on improving our core UI technology (Rich UI) including major improvements to the visual editor and a new, richer set of widgets. New capabilities have also been added to the debug and test facility (including conditional breakpoints) and to generation and deployment.
EGL Rich UI continues to be a very important component of RBD/EGL, and so we started the version 8 design process with some goals ...
- Keep the developer working in the Rich UI visual editor design view longer (i.e. reduce dependence on the source view for UI development)
- Include more useful, business-oriented widgets out of the box
- Greatly improve the look and feel of applications
- Speed up common tasks (for example, build and bind UI forms from data records)
As you learn more about (and try) the new capabilities, I think you will agree that we have met (and even exceeded!) these goals.
Some noteworthy new capabilities to mention:
- New grid-oriented layout widget for Rich UI, which allows for more precise
placement of widgets
- New tool for creating UI data entry forms from a record definition
- Improved data grid widget that supports sorting, pagination, selection, row
checking, column-level customization, support for cell editing, and more
- Web services can be tested without deploying to an application server (like with EGL Community Edition)
- Generation of debug code occurs automatically (Rich UI developers are no longer required to switch between workspace development and deployment mode)
- New support for calling XML-based web services from EGL services deployed to Java environments
- Support for creating a global breakpoint with a condition, where execution only stops if the condition evaluates to true
- Text reporting support for EGL-generated COBOL programs
For more details, read the full announcement letter
Stay tuned as we roll out more details about the planned capabilities. All of
this leads up to the planned availability on December 3, 2010