A good overview of how all the major Java vendors are focused on bringing easy-to-use development tools or improvements to the J2EE development platform.

The leading Java adherents--Sun Microsystems, BEA Systems, IBM and Oracle--have ratcheted up efforts to attract software developers through a tried-and-true Microsoft strategy: offering easy-to-use tools to drive adoption of more expensive server software.

The goal is to make Java the preferred software for building and deploying Web services applications, thereby driving sales of related software, including application servers, portal software and integration servers.
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IBM later this year will update its WebSphere Studio development tool with a feature called Java Server Faces, which makes it easier to tap into corporate data sources and build front-end interfaces. Also, IBM's Rational tools division is also assembling a product it said will enable rapid J2EE development through use of application modeling.
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