Rapid Application Development (RAD) tools for Java were the main feature of the WebDev.SoftDev97 event this morning. The opening day of the show, at London's Olympia 2, saw the first UK appearance of new product from three major software vendors.
Symantec's Visual Cafe 2.0, available now, has 3 versions: the Web Edition , Professional Edition and Database Development Edition at prices ranging from £79 to £429.
Borland were demonstrating JBuilder Client/Server Suite. This high end product will be shipping next week priced at £1699 or £1399 for existing JBuilder customers.
Meanwhile, Sybase were showcasing PowerJ, their enterprise level Java development package which is currently available at £1645.
All three vendors claim to make Java development easier by using visual development techniques to eliminate laborious hand coding, while providing easy database connectivity for users building cross platform client/server applications. The WebDev.SoftDev97 show ends tomorrow, the 13th November. Admission is free.