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Today provides a great opportunity to learn more about Caspian -- its significance, the vision behind it, and more. To get the scoop on this week's major Caspian product launch from Rational -- the Rational V7 Software Delivery Platform desktop products, based on Eclipse 3.2 -- join Grady Booch for a live dW chat this afternoon -- Thursday, Dec. 7, at 4:30 Eastern. Grady will answer your questions about the V7 Rational tools release.
Today IBM Rational launched the new, version 7 batch of its desktop products (aka the Caspian release products). These Rational Software Delivery Platform desktop products, based on Eclipse 3.2, are designed to help development teams better design, implement and manage the delivery of software architectures. See the IBM Rational Web site for the brand's official announcement and perspective.
Of particular note: These products are based on Eclipse 3.2. The fact that IBM used Eclipse as the foundation for its key set of developer products speaks strongly to its commitment to the Eclipse platform. Also of interest are the comments from my colleague Simon Johnston, who's already mentioned the launch in his blog today, and noted also that thanks in part to Simon's own efforts, "IBM [now] has a single method for the development of SOA solutions, whether you buy that method for your own use or you contract with IBM services; you the customer get the value of the combined experience of IBM's product and services communities."
Across developerWorks we've published a number of new resources related to the new V7 products:
Check out the new resources, and in particular the free V7 desktop trial software (Application Developer, Software Architect, Systems Developer, Software Modeler, Functional Tester, Manual Tester), and let us know what you think.
IBM is sounding the trumpets this week about SOA. Big Blue is offering SOA Webcasts and movies, planning giveaways of SOA books, meeting with press and analysts, sending out press releases, overwhelming less-than-modern CPUs and disks (or at least my CPU and disk drive...and corporate server e-mail quota) with hefty presentation files, and otherwise filling many hours of IBMers' schedules with various internal communications, teleconferences, and Webcasts educating all of us about the value of SOA.
In short: SOA is a big deal around here.
Broadly speaking, IBM is emphasizing some key talking points, such as that IBM and its partners are SOA leaders, and that SOA is delivering business value (operational results, flexibility, innovation), and that SOA continues to enjoy enhancements.
For developers, perhaps one of the most notable SOA developments is the new WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (WSRR) software, which helps to manage web services and shared business processes. I encourage you to check out the related article (and others in this intro-to-WSRR series) from developerWorks, as well as the broader collection of SOA materials highlighted in our developerWorks "top story" this week (which also highlights the related SOA Resource Center).
Also of note, from dW bloggers: