Software AG is in the process of revamping its product range to make it more appealing to users wanting to move to objects.
While the software supplier may appear late in embracing the object bandwaggon, it prides itself on its conservative approach that, it says, does not alienate its existing installed base.
Roopinder Singh, Software AG?s director of marketing and strategic partnerships, said: ?We?re not leading edge in this and we?ve taken a very cautious approach. The market is seeing enterprise integration and middleware as increasingly important and while the move to objects is a paradigm shift for us, we?re giving our customers a clear progression.?
The first step in the company?s new ?object-friendly? approach is to DCOM-enable its Entire middleware.
This will enable object-based desktop applications to access Unix and mainframe object packages and vice versa seamlessly, without users needing to implement Corba-compliant object request brokers. Entire X is due this September.
The second phase is to add support for complex data types such as spatial data to its Adabas database by the end of the year. Software AG also plans to support the SQL3 ObjectSQL standard, which will enable users to write stored procedures for objects and so access data from object applications.
The third phase is to build a Java development tool and Java-based templates, from which Java-based applications can be built. These will include file browsers, application maintenace frameworks and screen templates.
The Java tool will generate Java code and enable developers to write and run server-based applications on either a mainframe, Unix or Windows NT-based machine.
The product will run on top of a Java Virtual Machine and is based on the look-and-feel of Software AG?s Natural fourth generation language, which has an English-style syntax.
Software AG will submit the tool for certification under JavaSoft?s 100% Java Initiative, when it ships early to mid next year.
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