IBM Rolls Out Eclipse-Based Autonomic Tools

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New tools are aimed at helping developers build autonomic features into their applications.

IBM Corp. has released a set of tools, based on the Eclipse open-source development platform, aimed at helping developers build autonomic features into their applications.

David Bartlett, director of autonomic computing at IBM in Hawthorne, N.Y., said the IBM Autonomic Computing Toolkit features tools, usage scenarios and components and is built to work with the IBM Software Development Platform. The toolkit also is built in accordance with IBM's Autonomic Computing Blueprint released last April, Bartlett said. Autonomic computing involves self-managing, self-healing systems.

Bartlett said IBM based the toolkit on Eclipse "in our commitment to have an open approach. We wanted a platform to provide open technologies." IBM announced the availability of the toolkit Monday.

"We've done a lot in the area of autonomic computing in IBM over the last year," Bartlett said. "We released the Autonomic Architecture Blueprint and core integrating technologies focused on reducing complexity. And we made these tools available on alphaWorks last year."

IBM began rolling the autonomic technologies onto alphaWorks, the company's site to showcase emerging technologies, about a year ago, Bartlett said.

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Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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