Magic Software Enterprises has let slip that it plans to extend its Magic RAD tool to object technology.
By supporting objects, the company intends to give Microsoft Visual Basic programmers access to business objects which have been written in Magic and run on Unix systems.
On a visit to Magic's headquarters in Israel last week, the company inadvertedly showed journalists round its research and developments labs. PC Week discovered the company was working on an object technology, code-named LeapFrog.
LeapFrog will include an extension to the Magic's repository to enable the tool to support components. This extension will have two uses: to describe the external components, such as ActiveX controls, so that Magic developers can call them up in their applications; and to allow non-Magic developers to use Magic applications as components.
When quizzed about the project, Magic confirmed the LeapFrog technology and said it will appear in a forthcoming version of Magic, probably version 9. The next release, 8.0, is due out this summer.
Asked why it has taken the company so long to build object technology into its tools, David Assia, Magic's chairman and CEO, said: "It is early days for the technology. Companies are not taking objects seriously."
Barry Zigner, director of technical services at Magic, said the technology will allow Magic developers to create component software at "phenomenal" speeds. "We will be introducing Magic developers to rapid component development," Zigner added.
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