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A Letter from the President

A Letter from the President

Dear WLDJ Readers

At BEA, we know that the WebLogic community of developers - which currently numbers more than 350,000 people worldwide - is one of the main reasons behind our success. We are committed to making your work easier, more productive, more rewarding, and more informed. The new WebLogic Developers Journal, a great source for in-depth, independent information on developing with WebLogic, is just one example of how we are doing that. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to welcome you to this new publication, and encourage you to subscribe so that you can keep abreast of the latest developments in the BEA WebLogic product line.

There are many more examples of how we're investing in you, the WebLogic developer. This week at BEA eWorld 2002, the 7th Annual BEA Developers Conference, some 3,000 of you will learn about these plans in detail. And, for those of you who weren't able to make it to eWorld, this issue of WLDJ provides a great overview of what you can expect to see from us in the coming months. You'll see first-hand how BEA is revolutionizing Java - making it radically easier to use and accessible to potentially four times J2EE programmers. You'll learn how WebLogic advancements are radically unifying application infrastructure, making your life easier and helping you have an even greater impact on your business. And you'll get an inside look at our new developer portal, designed to fast-track your development success.

So let's get into some of the details. This week we are launching the beta of our new integrated development environment and runtime framework for building and managing Web services. Code-named "Cajun," this product is nothing short of a technological breakthrough that will make both the WebLogic Platform and J2EE accessible to every developer in your company. If you work with COBOL, PowerBuilder, or Visual Basic and have little knowledge of Java, it no longer matters - now you can build and deploy robust, mission-critical applications and Web services on the WebLogic platform. And, for you seasoned J2EE developers, "Cajun" provides a framework that can accelerate your development processes. You can download a free evaluation copy of "Cajun" from www.bea.com/products/index.shtml.

At eWorld, we also announced our radically unified enterprise software platform, and our vision and roadmap for delivering the application infrastructure that businesses need to radically simplify their IT architecture. The BEA WebLogic Platform combines everything you need to develop enterprise-class applications and Web services - including new tools, third-party support, and several important integration enhancements - in a unified offering provides a more productive out-of-the-box experience.

Also coming up this year are new versions of BEA WebLogic Server, BEA WebLogic Portal, and BEA WebLogic Integration. BEA WebLogic Server 7.0, launching this spring, features a completely redesigned security framework, scalable and highly available JMS, enhanced support for enterprise-class Web services, and new features (including "Cajun") to enhance your productivity. Each product, which will be offered separately as well as part of the BEA WebLogic Platform, is designed to simplify enterprise application development, deployment, management, and integration - making your life easier and ensuring maximum value out of your IT choices. In this issue of WLDJ, you'll find detailed articles on these products, on the platform, and on "Cajun."

Finally, at eWorld we announced the launch of dev2dev, the center of gravity for the BEA developer community. BEA dev2dev pulls together all the resources you need to be as productive as possible. The dev2dev community is where developers can get the latest BEA technologies, share best practices, learn from the experts, and find the people, tools, and resources you need to get the job done. Here you'll find daily updated technical content, including articles and regular columns from experts throughout the BEA developer community, software downloads, demos and code samples, and a ton of helpful material for developers of all levels. And this is just the start. Register today at http://dev2dev.bea.com and join the community.

These are just a few of the ways we're investing in you. We are committed to making your work easier, more productive, rewarding, and informed. And we hope you find the WebLogic Developers Journal exactly that, rewarding and informative. If you're not already a subscriber to WLDJ, sign up now. I'm looking forward to another exciting year with you in the world of WebLogic!

Thank you for your continued support.

Alfred Chuang
Founder, CEO, and President, BEA Systems, Inc.

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