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1 de febrer del 2007
IBM pel desenvolupament col·laboratiu, a ritme de 'Jazz'
La multinacional IBM continua el flirteig amb el programari lliure i després de l’èxit de l’entorn de desenvolupament ‘Eclipse’ ja està treballant en un altre projecte, anomenat ‘Jazz’, per a crear eines que facilitin la col·laboració entre equips de desenvolupament distribuïts. Val a dir que hi haurà una versió de codi lliure però també una altra de pagament.
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Aquestes eines, a través de plug-ins, es podran integrar amb el conegut entorn de desenvolupament 'Eclipse' (l'antic IBM WebSphere Development Studio, que van alliberar i entregar a la comunitat el 2001), així com a les eines d'anàlisi i disseny de programari de Rational (adquirides per IBM fa un temps), però també serà possible integrar-los amb eines de tercers com Microsoft Visual Studio.

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The primary goal of the project is to establish standards around distributed software development, which is becoming the norm (..)

Historically, development tools have focused primarily on making individual programmers more productive. But as software development becomes more complex, IBM, Microsoft and others have focused on making products that address the full development lifecycle, from gathering application requirements to testing.

In addition, software development is increasingly done with offshore teams or business partners in different locations, Sabbah noted.

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The Jazz software is meant to enhance collaborative software engineering by adapting existing collaboration tools and protocols to distributed development, Sabbah said.

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IBM is building a model so that the Jazz software can be extended with add-on products and customized for specific purposes, such as developing code for consumer electronics devices, Sabbah said.

(..) He anticipated a free version of the software available at Jazz.net as well as more functional, fee-based versions.

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Other modern features of Jazz are a spiffy Web-based user interface built using Ajax and integration with instant messaging, he added.

Eclipse redux?
With the Jazz project, IBM is trying to build on its success with Eclipse, an open-source development framework widely used by software vendors and programmers.

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With Jazz, IBM intends to open-source a "framework," which will allow third parties to build extensions, Sabbah said. For example, other companies can build enhancements to the Jazz software to make teams more productive or build add-ons for specific industries.

The Jazz software is meant to work with Eclipse, but is also designed to work with non-Eclipse based software, such as Microsoft's Visual Studio, Sabbah said.

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O'Grady noted that Internet-based source-code management systems and tool projects, like Sun Microsystems' NetBeans, are increasingly adding collaboration features.

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Resulta evident que la necessitat existeix i, a més a mes, partint de l'èxit del projecte 'Eclipse' sembla que tenen el camí marcat. Ara bé, l'impacte final al mercat tindrà molt a veure amb la política que prengui IBM sobre les llicències del nou entorn ‘Jazz’, la frontera entre la versió lliure i la versió de pagament pot ser determinant.
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