Sybase’s Workspace = Eclipse?

The second keynote for today mentioned that the new Sybase product Workspace was a highly modified version of the open source workgroup application Eclipse.  This afternoon, I took a good look at both of them.  Sybase’s Workspace appears to revolve around Sybase’s products (big surprise 😉 but also includes competitors such as Oracle and Microsoft.  For example, using Workspace, you can dynamically add replication definitions and see the result in your ‘management’ data flow.  (You know, that data flow chart that is used by managers and high priced consultants 😉


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I’m not certain as to the price of the product but if it is $1,000 (USD) or less per seat for corporate use, then it would definitely be worth it.  For small development shops or small companies, you’re probably better off using the free version of Eclipse.


If anyone from Sybase is reading this, please please have a small business or developer version in the order of $200 (USD). 

Not everyone can afford to pay big $$. 



I talked to a good friend of mine that just happens to be a Sybase Sales Rep.  Sybase Workspace is $500 – $10,000 (USD) per seat depending on the options.  I think we still need a developer’s version as there is no way that I will be able to convince the wife-to-be (AKA the Boss 😉 to let me spend $500 on Workspace.


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