Rational announced their new Atlantic tool-set, which "will be easier to use to build interactive Web pages." They will more thoroughly integrated with each other and tied closer to the Eclipse open-source developer's framework, said Mike Devlin, general manager of IBM Rational Software, a unit of the IBM Software Group.
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"There's a sea change coming," said Duncan Buell, general manager of Rational developer relations. "Businesses are deciding their primary architecture for building software," and it's likely to be either a Java approach or a Windows-Visual Studio approach. If Java programmers continue to grow at their present rate, there will be 2.5 million Java developers sometime in 2005, Devlin said. IBM has been on the comeback trail in the tools market since 2001, as its VisualAge tools failed to gain a dominant place in the development tools market. It responded that year by making an internal developers workbench available as open-source code--the Eclipse project. Eclipse now represents one of the top three development environment used by Java programmers.IBM's Rational Software Unit Girds For Microsoft Competition
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