IronGrid, Inc., a provider of lightweight Java development tools that solve specific problems and provide immediate results, unveiled IronEye Cache, the company�s latest product designed to tune application performance on the fly with no source code changes. Building on the momentum of IronEye SQL 1.0, which the company released on Feb. 1, IronEye Cache enables Java developers to increase the performance and scalability of Java-based applications throughout the development cycle, before testing and production. The new tool is available for a 10-day free trial download at IronGrid, www.irongrid.com. �Most Java development projects waste as much as 20 percent of the overall development cycle on tuning performance � a practice that regularly threatens product schedules, program budgets, and even application quality,� said Clifford Sharples, president and CEO of IronGrid, Inc. �With IronEye SQL and IronEye Cache, we are empowering every developer to optimize application performance throughout the development process, resulting in software that is on time, on budget, and on spec. These are the first in a series of IronGrid products that give developers exactly what they need to solve specific issues at various stages in the development process.� IronEye SQL. IronEye SQL exposes all of the SQL being generated by an application and summarizes the information in a simple, easy to understand interface. Without changing a line of application code, a developer can instantly identify excessive or long-running SQL statements generated by code in development. This early visibility allows performance problems to be corrected early on in the development cycle, when performance tuning is dramatically less time-consuming and costly. With IronEye SQL, developers can rapidly isolate and correct performance problems with every build by analyzing the SQL generated by unit tests and looking for newly introduced code that may be causing performance problems. IronEye SQL is available at the introductory price of $195 per license through May 31. �It would take many hours of developer time to go in and add extra print-outs and timings to all of our SQL statements,� stated Brad Eilers, a technology consultant for a leading management and technology consulting firm to the Fortune 500. �IronEye SQL gives us all the information we would get from the extra debug statements and is much nicer to look at. It�s already saving us a ton of time.� IronEye Cache. The next level of performance enhancement tools, IronEye Cache further improves the performance and scalability of software through intelligent caching. IronEye Cache allows developers to store frequently requested SQL statements in cache to minimize database calls and deliver commonly requested information quickly. By caching queries in local memory, IronEye Cache eliminates the overhead of connecting to the database, executing a query, and returning results across a network connection. IronEye Cache provides a straightforward, �point and click� alternative to traditional caching systems, which can be complicated, invasive, and often times cause more problems than they solve. Using a console that displays all of the SQL flowing between an application and a database, developers can select and cache any SQL statement simply with the click of a button and with no code changes. IronEye Cache also enables developers to tune performance and scalability on the fly by conducting �what if� caching scenarios. IronEye Cache is available at the introductory price of $495 per license through June 15. Integrating IronEye Cache with IronEye SQL yields even greater control over performance, allowing programmers to constantly test and optimize their code long before the root causes of problems become difficult to find and fix. A New Kind of Tools Company IronGrid designs tools for the growing number of Java developers who seek nimble problem-specific solutions so developers can pick �best of breed� products, rather than requiring costly investment in a tool suite that includes components they will never use. Additionally, IronGrid believes many developers are interested in the benefits of Open Source code, but require further support and ease-of use than classic Open Source products provide. IronGrid employs many of the attributes that Open Source projects encompass, such as: making the source code available to developers; exposing bug and feature tracking for a given product; and embracing ideas and enhancements from the company�s users to further improve its products. In fact, IronGrid tools are built on proven Open Source technology that has been field tested for more than 1.5 years and downloaded by more than 10,000 developers. Unlike other tools companies, IronGrid also strives to simplify the purchasing process by keeping software acquisition costs down and giving developers easy, Web-based access to the company�s developer tools. Developers can buy IronGrid�s low-cost tools without facing the red tape usually associated with purchasing expensive large-scale solutions. Additionally, IronGrid lowers the total cost of ownership of a tool by creating software that can be installed in minutes, and requires no source code changes to operate. Focused on Enabling Continuous Performance Founded by a group of experienced Java developers and technology executives, IronGrid is the only tools provider solely focused on enabling Continuous Performance, an extension of the popular Continuous Integration best practice that supports testing and tuning performance with every code build. As software teams struggle to meet ever-shrinking delivery cycles, they are plagued with performance and scalability issues that result from team-based development. Finding and fixing the root cause of these problems can squander as much as 20 percent of overall development time. IronGrid tools are designed to quickly and easily diagnose and resolve performance and scalability issues without rewriting any source code. Product Pricing and Availability IronEye SQL is available through May 31, 2003, at the introductory price of $195 for a single user license, and $395 thereafter. IronEye Cache is available through June 15, 2003, at the introductory price of $495 for a single user license, and $695 thereafter. A free 10-day trial copy is available copy of both tools is available today at www.irongrid.com. About IronGrid IronGrid, Inc. provides low-cost Java development tools that can be installed quickly and require no source code changes. IronGrid empowers every developer to optimize application performance throughout the development process, resulting in software that is on time, on budget, and on spec. Unlike other tools companies, IronGrid provides nimble and affordable point solutions that solve specific problems and are based on proven Open Source technology. Founded by a small group of experienced Java developers and technology executives, IronGrid is based in Austin, TX. Visit IronGrid at www.irongrid.com.
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