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TIBCO to Open Source Best-Rated AJAX Rich Internet Application Toolkit

TIBCO General Interface Version 3.2 Beta to Drive AJAX Adoption and Extend Benefits of SOA to End Users and Developers

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TIBCO Software Inc. , today unveiled TIBCO General Interface(TM) version 3.2, beta edition. TIBCO General Interface, which was rated as the best AJAX Rich Internet Application (RIA) toolkit by IDG's Infoworld this year, will provide developers with an open source licensing option and newly added functionality including support for Firefox 1.5. By offering an open source license developers will be able to freely use and extend TIBCO General Interface to more easily combine and leverage the powerful capabilities of a service- oriented architecture (SOA) with Rich Internet Applications (RIA) technology.

"What PowerBuilder did to accelerate the use of relational data base systems in the 1980's, TIBCO aims to do for SOA, through General Interface and its SOA products," said Kevin Hakman, director, product marketing, TIBCO General Interface. "Offering TIBCO General Interface under an open source license broadens the availability of our proven enterprise-class AJAX RIA libraries and visual tools to an even larger group of developers and organizations," added Hakman.

The value of service-oriented IT systems, ranging from simple XML and Web services to large scale managed SOA, can be greatly enhanced by implementing AJAX RIAs at the presentation tier:

* Customers already transitioning to SOA -- TIBCO General Interface connects end users directly to reusable data services and business processes through feature-rich graphical user interfaces accessed instantly through the Web browser to extract greater value from existing investments * Customers just beginning to leverage services oriented concepts -- TIBCO General Interface works with simple services exposed through the Web-based systems already in place

"Bringing RIA and SOA together makes sense at a programmatic level as they share the same underlying principles. Specifically, the asynchronous model in AJAX is very similar to the ESB [Enterprise Service Bus] model," said Mark Driver, vice president and research director, Gartner, Inc. "By connecting RIA on the front end to services on the back end, it brings the possibility of service reuse into a vendor-neutral client tier and the potential to deliver significantly more powerful client applications to the browser."

TIBCO General Interface version 3.2, beta edition will provide developers with more than 100 ready-made components and easy-to-use visual layout, data management and communication tools, making it one of the most comprehensive and mature AJAX offerings on the market today. In addition, added support for Firefox 1.5 will expand the reach of applications developed with TIBCO General Interface to meet the growing demand for Firefox among developers and for use on business desktops.

With the release of TIBCO General Interface 3.2, beta edition, TIBCO adds yet another powerful offering to the company's comprehensive suite of products and services for building and maintaining SOAs. TIBCO continues to refine and share its leading vision with the industry by way of the company's involvement with standards bodies, such as the OpenAjaxAlliance.


TIBCO General Interface version 3.2 is available to the public now as a beta download. TIBCO will provide two licensing options: a free open source BSD license and the TIBCO enterprise license, which includes support, warranty and indemnity. Source code for TIBCO General Interface version 3.2 will be available after the completion of the beta cycle. TIBCO General Interface is available for download at http://www.tibco.com/mk/gi .


TIBCO Software Inc. is a leading business integration and process management software company that enables real-time business. Real-time business is about giving organizations the ability to sense and respond to changes and opportunities as they arise. TIBCO has delivered the value of real-time business, what TIBCO calls The Power of Now(R), to over 2,500 customers around the world and in a wide variety of industries. To learn about TIBCO's solutions for service-oriented architecture (SOA), business process management (BPM) and business optimization, contact TIBCO at +1 650-846-1000 or on the Web at http://www.tibco.com/ . TIBCO is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

TIBCO, the TIBCO logo, The Power of Now, TIBCO Software, TIBCO General Interface, TIBCO General Interface Framework and TIBCO General Interface Builder are trademarks or registered trademarks of TIBCO Software Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

All other product and company names and marks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners and are mentioned for identification purposes only.

TIBCO Software Inc.

CONTACT: Holly Burkhart of TIBCO Software Inc., +1-650-846-8463, or
[email protected]; or Bill Bourdon of Bateman Group, +1-415-602-1491, or
[email protected], for TIBCO

Web site: http://www.tibco.com/

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