SOURCE: Skyway Software

March 14, 2008 10:30 ET

Skyway Software Named a SpringSource Certified Partner and Subsequently Releases Eclipse Plug-In

Partnership Augments Skyway Software's Commitment to Open Standards, Scalable Platforms, and Software Development Flexibility

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - March 14, 2008) - Skyway Software, the experts in simplifying software delivery through model-based, collaborative tools and iterative delivery processes, announces today a strategic partnership with SpringSource, the company behind the Spring Portfolio, the leading enterprise Java application platform. In this technology partnership, Skyway Software becomes the first application-delivery ISV certified by SpringSource and integrates Spring into Skyway Visual Perspectives, its end-to-end application development and delivery tool. Skyway Software will resell SpringSource software and technical support subscriptions with Skyway Visual Perspectives. Also today, Skyway Software extends its support of the Eclipse community with the release of Skyway Builder Community Edition (CE), an open source development set of plug-ins built for use within the Eclipse Framework.

Skyway Software & SpringSource -- A Partnership That Benefits Developers

Skyway Visual Perspectives utilizes Eclipse to create an easy to use -- yet distinctly flexible -- modeling solution for building and deploying Rich Internet Applications and Web Services quickly and accurately. These models generate standard Java code that conforms to industry best practices on the Spring Framework and Spring MVC in a web-server-only runtime environment and/or in a full JEE container. The modeled solutions are equally portable across open-source infrastructure stacks or across diverse commercial infrastructure stacks.

"I am impressed with the ability of Skyway Visual Perspectives to build and deploy highly scalable Spring Framework applications quickly and easily. We look forward to working with Skyway Software and its powerful suite, Skyway Visual Perspectives, to further the pervasiveness of the Spring Framework as a standard within the IT community," said Rod Johnson, President and CEO of SpringSource.

Skyway Builder CE -- An Eclipse Plug-In Unlike All The Others

With Skyway Builder CE, Java developers finally get an open source set of plug-ins for Eclipse that offer a seamless blend of coding and modeling for delivering Web Services and Web Applications in Spring. Skyway Builder CE was built to utilize several key Eclipse frameworks (Eclipse Modeling Framework and Java Persistence API Framework) and projects (Java Tools Project and Web Tools Project). Skyway Builder CE is easy to learn and use, extensible for individual or corporate use, transparent with full access to underlying code, and compatible with any open-source database and Web server.

Java developers and architects receive these usability benefits via Skyway Builder CE's core features, including:

--  Core development of projects, which include Web, service, and data
    layers for deployment (including data types, data stores, logic, services,
    operations, web controllers, events, and views)
    
--  Open-source deployment to MySQL, Postgres, and Derby databases
    
--  Open-source deployment to Tomcat and JBoss Web servers
    

"We are pleased to have Skyway Software as an Add-In member of the Eclipse Foundation and it's exciting to have them provide their expertise in model-driven development and deployment to our rapidly growing modeling ecosystem," said Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation, Inc. "Their new offering underscores the ease, extensibility, and familiarity developers can achieve by leveraging the Eclipse platform with innovative tools like Skyway Builder CE."

Skyway Builder CE now is available as a set of Eclipse plug-ins (for Eclipse v. 3.3.) or as a Rich Client Platform (RCP) version bundled with Eclipse RCP via Skyway Software's open source community located at www.skywayperspectives.org. When additional functionality is needed, users can upgrade to the commercial version of Skyway Visual Perspectives, which includes incident-based support, Skyway Builder Enterprise Edition for use with data objects from commercial databases -- including transaction management capability -- and Skyway Director for deploying Web Services and Rich Internet Applications to commercial JEE (EJB3) containers.

According to Sean Walsh, President and CEO of Skyway Software, "Today's announcement marks another milestone in Skyway Software's ongoing effort to simplify the software delivery process for our customers using open standards. The Spring Framework is a clear leader in application deployment today and we are honored to be the first development platform to be certified by SpringSource for developing and deploying services and applications to the Spring Framework. With Skyway Visual Perspectives, we very much want to help SpringSource expand the penetration of the Spring Framework. The Eclipse and Skyway Software partnership also is a great match because the Skyway Visual Perspectives plug-in relies extensively on the Eclipse frameworks and projects, so our existing customers and prospective customers who already rely on Eclipse will be very familiar with the new version of our tool."

Pricing and Availability

Skyway Builder CE will be demonstrated at Skyway Software's booths #504 & #604 at EclipseCon 2008 on March 17-20, 2008 in Santa Clara, CA. It will be released in beta on March 17th, free of charge, and general availability is planned for early Summer 2008.

About Skyway Software

Skyway Software provides technology and processes to IT organizations that simplify their software delivery process -- often times reducing application development and deployment schedules by 30 percent or more. Some of the world's largest enterprises rely on model-based Skyway Visual Perspectives and its iterative, enabling methodology Skyway Collaborative Software Delivery to facilitate collaborative development and deployment of SOA-based solutions. Skyway Visual Perspectives utilizes Eclipse to create an easy to use -- yet distinctly flexible -- modeling solution as a seamless blend of coding and modeling for building and deploying Rich Internet Applications and Web Services. These models generate standard Java code that conforms to industry best practices for deploying to the Spring Framework and Spring MVC in a web-server-only environment and/or in a full JEE container. The modeled solutions are equally portable across open-source infrastructure stacks or across diverse commercial infrastructure stacks. Founded in 2001, Skyway Software is headquartered in Tampa. For more information, call +1 (813) 288-9355, email info@skywaysoftware.com, or visit www.skywaysoftware.com.

About SpringSource

With offices worldwide, SpringSource is the company behind the ubiquitous Spring Portfolio, the leading enterprise Java™ application platform. SpringSource offers a single source for products and services to help organizations utilize Spring and, through its recent acquisition of Covalent, infrastructure technologies from the Apache Software Foundation. An increasing number of organizations are choosing a combination of Spring and Tomcat for their production infrastructure to rapidly develop, test, deploy and run mission-critical enterprise applications. More than half of the Fortune 500, including many of the world's largest financial institutions, retailers, manufacturers, healthcare, technology and public sector clients are SpringSource customers. For more information visit: www.springsource.com.

About the Eclipse Foundation

Eclipse is an open source community whose projects are focused on providing an extensible development platform and application frameworks for building software. Eclipse provides extensible tools and frameworks that span the software development lifecycle, including support for modeling, language development environments for Java, C/C++ and others, testing and performance, business intelligence, rich client applications and embedded development. A large, vibrant ecosystem of major technology vendors, innovative start-ups, universities and research institutions and individuals extend, complement and support the Eclipse Platform. The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member supported corporation that hosts the Eclipse projects. Full details of Eclipse and the Eclipse Foundation are available at www.eclipse.org. Full details of EclipseCon2008 are available at www.eclipsecon.org.

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