Borland Software's recent financial report lends credence to the conventional wisdom that the Java development tools market is rapidly commoditizing.
With JBuilder, Borland had one of the first successful visual development tools, or IDEs, specifically for Java. In the company's first quarter earnings call earlier this week, however, Borland executives indicated that its JBuilder business is under attack.
Financial analysts from both Piper Jaffray and Pacific Growth Equities estimated that Borland's JBuilder revenue declined 50 percent year over year.
The cause of this decline is Eclipse, the open-source development product that's popular with Java programmers, according … Read more