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JBuilder 2008: Now With More Smarts

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Yesterday, CodeGear announced the availability of JBuilder 2008, including new tools for code re-use and the inclusion of Swing Designer from Instantiations. It looks like quite a release.For those that aren't familiar with it, JBuilder is one of the oldest Java IDEs out there and this release looks like it really packs on the features. Based on the latest released version of Eclipse (3.3), it includes something they call "ApplicationFactories".

ApplicationFactories fosters reusable developer intelligence that can make developers more productive and speed projects, especially among fluid, globally distributed teams. It enables senior developers tocommunicate intent, capture instructions and recommendations, and point to resources – all in a single, simple tool. Said simply, Application Factories transforms what was once a generic IDE into an application-specific IDE.

Apparently, with these ApplicationFactories you can combine your code and your knowledge into a single module that is stored in a repository to be shared among your team. While this might not seem like a big deal, I know that our team tends to find it hard to switch back and forth between the IDE and the Wiki for information, so this could be a very useful feature.

This release also seems to include Instantiations Swing Designer, one of the highest rated plugins on Eclipse Plugin Central, giving JBuilder top-notch Swing GUI support at a level that many compare to Matisse in NetBeans.

Other key JBuilder2008 capabilities include:

  • Updated support for leading commercial and open source Java application servers
  • Collaboration and team development with TeamInsight™ and ProjectAssist™
  • Code coverage, memory and CPU profiling
  • Thread debugging and request analyzer
  • UML modeling and code archeology
  • Codemetrics and audits
JBuilder is free in its cheapest version, and moves to $499 and $1499 as you need more advanced, enterprise features. Quite a departure from the pricing of the old JBuilder model many of us remember! You can download or purchase it from


Rick Ross replied on Wed, 2008/04/02 - 7:29am

No matter which way you stack it up, JBuilder will have a tough time recapturing its former glory. It's too bad Borland didn't bring back Philippe Kahn around the same time Apple brought back Steve Jobs. Kahn was a true visionary.

Philippe's Law. The law states that the productivity of a software developer in a team of N people is diminished by dividing it by the cube root of N.

Derek Smith replied on Wed, 2008/04/02 - 7:47am

ok, so where can i download the turbo edition of this?

The download pages dont show any option to download it.


Arek Stryjski replied on Wed, 2008/04/02 - 12:40pm in response to: Derek Smith

[quote]The download pages don't show any option to download it.[/quote]

You mean this page: ????

Onur Ersen replied on Thu, 2008/04/03 - 2:10am

When first I heard that Borland founded Codegear and started building up an eclipse-based IDE I thought here comes the Eclipse Based IDE Wars Part II :)

I hope they did a good work,will try ASAP.


Clifford replied on Thu, 2008/04/03 - 6:35am in response to: Arek Stryjski


[quote]The download pages don't show any option to download it.[/quote]

You mean this page: ????



Yes, that's the page with no mention on Turbo Jbuilder 2008. Are you seeing it? 

Jeff Anders replied on Thu, 2008/04/03 - 3:13pm in response to: Derek Smith

Downloads of JBuilder 2008 Turbo and JBuilder 2008 Enterprise Trial should be available by Monday (4/7), and possibly sooner, on the CDN download page

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