"Linux has proven itself a capable operating system for use as a
server. And still many developers remain unaware that Linux also is
an excellent development environment. Vendors have been rapidly
turning out development tools for Linux, and today you will find a
robust collection of editors and wizards to help you develop a
sophisticated application on Linux. In addition, vendors of the
Linux operating system (Red Hat, SuSE, and so on) have been
developing GUIs that are almost Windows-like in their
sophistication and ease-of-use. Many users with little or no
knowledge of UNIX can be up and running on Linux in minutes.
"Are you developing Web services or building applications to
access Web services or both? Are you considering a move to Linux as
your development platform? Are you a Linux guru looking for tools
to support application development? If you fit into any of the
above categories, read on..."