First of what is likely to be several pre-Lotusphere press articles...
Though Workplace Designer was mentioned at the Rational Software Development User Conference last summer, this introduction would be the Eclipse-based toolset's coming-out party. The software promises to enable traditional Domino developers to continue working with their existing skills without retraining, IBM sources said.Link: CRN: On Tap At Lotusphere: New Workplace Designer, Updated Domino Designer >
Due out later this year, Workplace Designer builds on the open-source Eclipse framework and stands to give programmers and developers a full-fledged arsenal. It would be positioned vis-a-vis the currently shipping Workplace Builder targeting nonprogrammers.
On Friday, Ken Bisconti, vice president of workplace, portals and collaboration at IBM Software, confirmed that Workplace Designer will be a big part of the Lotusphere festivities. But he added that the company also will highlight the next release of Domino Designer with better support of popular Web services.
(PS: I know I owe some responses to comments on previous threads...call it a Vegas hangover...I'll get there)