Select Software is rewriting its Select Enterprise object modelling tools in a move that, it claims, will take them into the twenty first century.
Version 5.0 of the product - which will be strongly focused towards the Windows NT market - was written in Microsoft?s Visual Basic and supports Btrieve?s repository. But the new release, due to ship this April, has been rewritten in C++ to support a three-tier rather than two-tier architecture.
As the underlying repository, users will now be able to choose either Softlab?s Enabler metadata store, which Select licensed in January last year, or Unisys? offering. But, the supplier also plans to offer support for the Microsoft/Platinum repository sometime in 1999, when it considers it robust enough.
Ed Holt, Select?s president, said: ?We?ve spent 12 months rewriting Select Enterprise because we wanted to move to a larger repository. We can support more projects now and up to 1,000 users, whereas before we could only support 256. This will last us for another five years or so.?
He added that the new release would be aimed primarily at the Windows NT space, not at Unix, ?because that?s where we consider all the growth is. NT is becoming dominant in development shops. The Unix market is more for real time and technical shops, but not so much for the business community.?
The server products will still be available on Unix however.
Version 5.0 users will be provided with a conversion utility to help them move to version 6.0 of the product as part of their maintenance agreement.
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