With the version 3.1 Professional Edition, TIBCO General Interface is being made available to build and test AJAX-enabled applications for free.
Developers and organizations of any type pay nothing to deploy publicly. For non-public deployments, TIBCO offers affordable license purchasing options for small user groups. Now, developers looking to build AJAX-based applications can leverage the power of TIBCO General Interface Professional Edition to instantly add robust, feature-rich capabilities to their Web applications.
"We don't want to impose a specific 'one-size-fits-all' approach to acquiring software," said Ram Menon, senior vice president, Worldwide Marketing, TIBCO Software. "Our new pricing and licensing model brings the proven enterprise benefits of General Interface to every corner of the developer community. We believe that this differentiated strategy will provide the flexibility for individuals and organizations to choose the best approach for developing, testing and deploying Rich Internet Applications using one of the most mature tools available today."
The new release also features faster drag-and-drop visual authoring tools for standard XML & XSD, SOAP and WSDL communications, as well as HTTP/S GET and POST operations, dramatically reducing scripting time. In addition, users will have access to the TIBCO General Interface Developer Community, an existing online resource currently used by thousands of developers. And with its add-in architecture, TIBCO General Interface version 3.1 also enables additional 3rd party packages to easily plug into its development framework.
Unlike most Web development tools that require additional software such as plug-ins, Active-X controls or Java applets to be installed or added to the browser, TIBCO General Interface works with existing capabilities of the browser, enabling users to get a full featured application instantly from a URL. The product offers a significantly reduced development time and cost through use of familiar APIs, visual authoring tools, step-through debugging and extensible, reusable components. As testimony to the product's maturity, the visual tools are themselves a Web-based application powered by TIBCO General Interface - a full AJAX IDE running as an AJAX application.
"With TIBCO General Interface, we've been able to create attractive and user-friendly Web applications in a very short period of time," said Herbert Quartel, developer, LogicaCMG. "The TIBCO General Interface toolkit promotes reuse and sharing of functionality. In fact, we were able to utilize the web services that were already in place to execute business transactions within a service-oriented architecture," added Quartel.