Originally posted by Nathan Pruett: As far as I know WSAD is Eclipse... with some plugins that integrate WebSphere development/deployment/etc. Anyone else know any other differences?
I'm not a marketing rep, but allow me to summarize. Many WS*D products build on the others, adding further capabilities that support different development roles. Starting from the base: WebSphere Workbench (WSWB) is the IBM-branded version of Eclipse. That means you can call the IBM support line for help, corrections, and so on. For Eclipse itself, you go to eclipse.org as part of the community support process. IOW, WSWB is IBM's officially supported version of Eclipse. It is available free for download from IBM's PartnerWorld. WebSphere Site Developer (WSSD) is for web content developers, i.e., JSPs and servlets. WebSphere Application Developer (WSAD) adds J2EE development support to WSSD. WebSphere Enterprise Developer (WSED) adds support for traditional enterprise transactions (CICS, IMS) to WSAD. There are a number of other Studio-based products that I didn't mention above. You can find out more on the WebSphere Studio homepage. -- Dan [ July 15, 2003: Message edited by: Dan Kehn ]
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