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IBM stirs Java pot with new Web tool

IBM plans to release an application development tool next week aimed at enticing customers of competitor BEA Systems to move to IBM software.

At its DeveloperWorks Live conference in New Orleans, Big Blue is expected announce an addition to its WebSphere Studio application development tool that promises to let programmers build applications for BEA's WebLogic Java server software. IBM said that the free add-in to WebSphere Studio will make it easier for programmers to migrate applications from WebLogic software to IBM's WebSphere. IBM and BEA are in a tight race for the top spot in the Java application server market, according to analysts.