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IBM's New Eclipse-Based Tool Develops Websites With J2EE
Eclipse-Based Tool Enables Non-Technical Users to Build Dynamic Sites
Sep. 12, 2005 11:00 AM
The IBM Easy Website Builder (previously known by the IBM internal code name of Buy-Order-Show-Site (B.O.S.S.) is an integrated tool that allows users to develop a Web presence without requiring technical skills. This intelligent tool releases IT people from content creation allowing them to invest their time in programming and infrastructure tasks.
Site creation is done using business and content terminology delivered through a visual interface, without the user's having to write code or get into low-level technical terms. Using its smart components, users can show through the Web what their company does and what they have to offer to their customers. They can easily present stored information about their business and gather information from site visitors.
When users open the tool, they are greeted by a wizard that allows them to create a Web site from scratch using predefined site layouts or from a predefined sample site. In this wizard, users can select generic site attributes such as color scheme, logo, and navigation bar links. After this short wizard is finished, a complete Web site that the user can further edit is created.
Users can then use a simple Web page editor to place various texts, images, links, and tables, as well as smart components that interact with business information stored in a database (in the future, other data sources will also be usable). Tthe tool creates, "under the covers," database tables with the matching schemata. The content of the tables may later be modified using a wizard. The tool also writes the necessary scripts for creating the matching tables on a production database and even the scripts for filling in the values that the user entered into his local database (to be executed by the deployer of the site).
A site preview is updated dynamically to let users browse the site in progress. Sites can also be tested on the Tomcat Web server included with the tool. When the site is ready for publishing, users can click on a button to create a file and publish it to a server.
The IBM Easy Website Builder, which was built using Eclipse technology, is bundled with a complimentary open-source database (Apache Derby) and Web application server (Apache Tomcat); these inclusions reduce the total cost of ownership. The tool may also be configured to work with other databases such as IBM DB2 and other Web application servers such as IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS).
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