In 2007, we launched JBoss Developer Studio 1.0 our first Eclipse-based integrated development environment. This was a significant product announcement for many reasons; it marked Red Hat’s first entry into development tooling, it combined tooling with runtime and most importantly JBDS 1.0 rounded out our JBoss Enterprise Middleware portfolio to cover all phases of the application lifecycle. At the time we received positive feedback from our customers and analysts alike on how JBoss Developer Studio enhanced our already strong position as a solution of choice for developers wanting an easy-to-use powerful application development tool at a low cost entry point.

One of our main goals with the first release was to create a comprehensive development tool that would be part of a larger tested and certified stack combining IDE with JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, this allowed for a cohesive and compatible way to get developers contributing and developing on JBoss Enterprise Middleware. Ultimately, JBDS 1.0 increased the value of Red Hat’s entire solutions portfolio.

Today you’ll hear more about the next release of JBDS at the JBoss Virtual Experience, both in the BoF sessions, and from Rob Cardwell, vice president, Middleware Technology. Currently the Candidate Release 2 (CRS) is out and general availability of JBDS 2.0 will be coming in mid-March. Its an exciting event for us as the next iteration of this technology has already created a stir within the community with over 1 million downloads of JBoss Tools, the community project that fuels much of the JBoss Developer Studio product offering. And as our customers and development community continues to demand innovative functionality we’ve made that a top priority for our second release. Users can now see newly added tools and support for SOA and Portal platforms. At the same time JBDS 2.0 comes integrated with platform binaries for faster development and testing of applications. The new release also includes improved tooling that supports the latest version of Enterprise Application Platform along with the most popular Seam 2.1 framework. All of this means that Red Hat is continuing to put our customers first, carve costs out of application development and production deployment and enable customers to continue to innovate for a competitive edge in the marketplace.

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