Informix' latest foray into the Internet world is the Universal Web Architecture, which supports development of dynamic Web sites by storing all content in the Informix database and providing links to Web applications.
Middleware called Universal Web Connect lets Web applications access Informix databases at the back end. It allows developers to create application logic in Java, C++ or ActiveX and to link users automatically to updates of Web-based information in the database. This enables pages and applications to change constantly as content is revised.
Web Connect will work with Informix' Online database and will ship next month, and with the upcoming Universal Server by March 1997.
The middleware features a URL interface to link developers to application logic and database content. Other components include Application Pages, for constructing HTML documents in a dynamic environment; an Application Page Builder programming interface for site management; and software to run a subscription service for site visitors.
There is also a set of Java classes, under the banner of Java Connectivity, for accessing and retrieving the database content. Also for Java, Informix released Jworks, a drag-and-drop tool for building forms for Web-based applications such as data entry. This will ship in mid-1997. Datablades, the object extensions that will add functionality to the Universal Server, can also be developed in Java.
Among the third parties pledging support for Universal Web was North Carolina company Haht Software, which will offer a Wysiwyg Web development tool called Hahtsite. This is a collaborative development toolset for building and managing Intranet applications that are integrated with existing data sources.
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