Version 2.0 of Oracle's Power Objects, a visual development tool for Basic, supports Intranet applications and integrates the Personal Oracle Lite local database.
Power Objects is the first Basic development toolset for Intranet database applications, claimed Oracle, which has added a Netscape-compatible plug-in to allow users to run applications directly from Web browsers.
Basic developers can use one tool to create applications for mobile, client/server or Intranet platforms, said Oracle. Power Objects is now more closely integrated with the company's core toolset, and from January the Designer/2000 analysis and design product will support code generation for Power Objects.
Support for the Personal Oracle Lite database is designed primarily for developing mobile applications that require local data to be held on a portable or remote computer.
The tool has also gained the accreditation 'Designed for Windows NT and Windows 95', a Microsoft specification. Applications written with Power Objects are portable across these systems plus Windows 3.1, Mac and Powermac.
New features to boost client/server development productivity include support for ODBC data sources, using technology from Intersolv, a user interface adapted to handle large scale applications, and the incorporation of the latest version of Crystal Reports, the workgroup reporting tool from Seagate Software.
For Intranet development, Crystal Reports now supports output to HTML, while the Powerbrowser ActiveX control enables Internet content to be embedded in Power Objects applications. This is based on technology from Crescent.
A graphical migration wizard is provided for migrating data from applications written in Power Objects 1.0. A demonstration of the new version can be downloaded from Oracle's Web site - www.oracle.com/products/tools/power_objects/.
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