The vision and objectives of the original SoftBench product have enabled it to continue to be a leader in the integrated software development market. For example, since SoftBench 1.0, over 80 third-party software tools have been integrated with SoftBench. by Deborah A. Lienhart HP SoftBench is an integrated software development environment designed to facilitate rapid, interactive program construction, test, and maintenance in a distributed computing environment. The SoftBench product contains an integration framework and a set of software development tools, as well as the ability to integrate tools from other sources. SoftBench was released in 1989 and presented in the June 1990 HP Journal. 1 At that time, no one would have guessed the market changes that would occur during SoftBench’s life. Fortunately, the vision and objectives of the original product designers have allowed SoftBench to continue to be a leader in the integrated software development market. This article presents the actions that have made SoftBench a standard in the integrated software development market, the original SoftBench objectives that have stood the test of time, and the new technologies that have been incorporated into SoftBench. Other articles in this issue will present more information about the new technologies in SoftBench. The different versions of SoftBench released since its introduction in 1989 are shown in Fig. 1
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