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Sun Opens Modeling Tools 112

twofish writes "According to the Register, Sun is set to open source a few modeling tools, including their UML modeler, XML infrastructure and visual editing tools, and BPEL tools. The software, part of the planned Java Studio Enterprise 9.0, will made available for download as part of Sun's NetBeans Enterprise Pack." From the article: "By open sourcing its UML tools Sun is continuing its push against the rival Eclipse open source tools framework. The Eclipse Foundation has pushed UML and model-driven architectures for some time via the Eclipse Tools Project. The project encompasses an open source implementation of UML, called UML2, and a modeling framework and code-generation facility to build tools and applications that use a structured data model - called the Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF)."
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Sun Opens Modeling Tools

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  • EMF? (Score:5, Funny)

    by nganju ( 821034 ) on Wednesday April 12, 2006 @03:15PM (#15115670)
    EMF? You're unbelievable!
    • Unfair (Score:4, Informative)

      by bobintetley ( 643462 ) on Wednesday April 12, 2006 @03:20PM (#15115720)
      For the benefit of the grouchy mod that didn't find this funny, EMF were a UK band who had a chart-topping hit - "Unbelievable".

      Made me laugh anyway - sorry, no mod points today.
    • Humm, I would expect most /.er's to associate EMF with Electromagnetic {Field|Force} must be from ;)

      • Actually it stands for electromotive force, forgive me but it's been pounded into my head preparing for the AP test for Physics
        • you are correct, but you'll see that as you go onto (if you go into) higher engineering classes that the term becomes interchangable even if not entirely correct. This is normally because of the use of electromagnetic induction as one way to produce emf. But Maxwell and his equations did refer to it as electromotive force IIRC (my professor would be happy if you just got electric field out of all of it).

    • And yet no one went for the Enhance MetaFile format from the Windows GDI32/GDI+.

      I thought people would be scared for Sun that MS might sue them or some flame at least.

  • by bartash ( 93498 ) on Wednesday April 12, 2006 @03:15PM (#15115671)
    I see there are some XML tools included in this offering. I haven't been able to find out if there is a decent XML Schema editor included. I would really like to get a free XML Schema editor that is as good as XMLSpy.
  • Very intriguing.

    As a starving non-pro, my exposure to UML has been the MS Visio implementation.

    Visio is a great tool, up until you'd like to do something with the UML that wasn't intended by the authors, like writing a custom report against the model. Then you get that sad "I am baked" feeling.

    A robust, open tool would be welcome.
  • UML2 (Score:3, Informative)

    by notestein ( 445412 ) on Wednesday April 12, 2006 @03:25PM (#15115764) Homepage Journal
    Sadly there is no visual component to this. It's simply the framework. I'm still using Argo. []
  • by u19925 ( 613350 ) on Wednesday April 12, 2006 @03:34PM (#15115826)
    I am quite surprised that sun is spending so much money on software while its core copetency is in hardware. they paid tons for Forte, Netbeans, Seebeyond, Staroffice and has a huge software group. Other than Java and Solaris-10, not many people pay for any of the Sun software. Oracle, IBM, Microsoft have huge enterprise customer base from where they get majority of the revenue and use this to provide free developer tools and other free goodies, but what does Sun have? I guess, a way for Sun to achieve profitability would be to get rid off all software teams except Solaris, Java and focus on their hardware business. They should at AMD for some guidance. It stuck to its core business and today it is Intel whose stock price is very low while AMD is close to historically high.
  • by cpu_fusion ( 705735 ) on Wednesday April 12, 2006 @03:47PM (#15115899)
    The advances in the Java IDE space over the last four years have been fantastic. Whether you are a fan of Netbeans, Eclipse, another IDE, or even if you don't use Java, this competition should be a nice reminder of how a working market produces innovative products at a nice pace. (AMD vs. Intel is another example.)

    It is a sad reminder of Microsoft's (criminal) monopoly, and the governments unwillingness to intervene, that for the vast majority of consumers, there has been very little of this "competitive energy" in the Operating System space. Sure, they can buy an Apple, but even there ... only one manufacturer for OS-X.

    I'm running a nice 3-d enhanced desktop (Xgl) in Linux, but I see Windows users have another six months, minimum, to see anything comperable.

    Imagine what the tech world would be like if the Operating System market was as competitive as NetBeans vs. Eclipse.

  • by Doc Ruby ( 173196 ) on Wednesday April 12, 2006 @03:50PM (#15115917) Homepage Journal
    These are developer tools. Their sourcecode is open. Their consumers are developers.

    Where's the adapter code that plugs each development platform's modules into the other's framework? This is the best case for open software discarding arbitrary vendor boundaries I've ever heard.
  • For anyone who has had the misfortune to use the festival of shit that is Umbrello []

    A tool, only in the derogatory sense of the word

  • Thank you Sun!
  • So where's my Sun Model Hotties Calendar?
  • Good thing! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by salapaka ( 967929 )
    It is great to see Sun open-sourcing their enterprise IDE ("Sun Java Studio Enterprise"). Now I can design/develop/debug/test my enterprise applications, web services and portal apps all in one environment!

    There has always been need for a great open source UML modeling tool, hopefully people will start designing 'more' with tools like this readily available. Other tools experience:
    • I used to like Visio for its ease of use to draw up anything but I never liked the fact that it has no support for Java data

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