Clinging to its roots, development tools vendor Forte launched a 4GL-based WebEnterprise Professional Edition onto the market last week.
While demos of the product received acclaim from the Forte faithful at its user conference in May, the vendor reluctantly admits it must move towards adoption of the Java language in future editions of all it products.
"We are forced to support Java because that's what the industry wants even though our language (Forte) is more productive," said Martin Sprinzen, president and CEO of Forte.
Companies, like Oracle, claim that the number of Java developers has now overtaken Visual Basic programmers to take the number one position.
The vendor claims that the Forte language is as easy to learn as Java and can be learnt in four to eight weeks if the developer has an understanding of object orientated computing. Forte applications can be written in one third the lines of code necessary for a Java application, Sprinzen claimed.
Forte hopes that the product will appeal to existing users, who want to build Web applications, and will challenge products from rival vendors such as Net Dynamics, owned by Sun Microsystems, and Kiva, owned by Netscape.
WebEnterprise Professional Edition is in final beta and is expected to ship at the beginning of the year.
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