Intersolv is going back to its development tool roots by introducing Allegris Series, a new object-oriented tools suite, later this week. The firm, which began life as a CASE tools vendor, has in more recent years focussed on such product ranges as its PVCS software configuration management offerings, while development tools such as APS and Index have taken a back-seat. But, Mike Shelton, Intersolv?s UK Allegris manager, said: ?Allegris is part of our strategic drive to bring us back to the centre of development rather than sitting at the fringes. There?s a ferocious pace of change going on in the software market at the moment. The software model is shifting and we want to be part of that.? Allegris Series comprises four elements. Allegris Constructor is a rules-based development environment, with a point-and-click interface written in Intersolv?s MethodScript, which is based on Microsoft?s Visual Basic for Applications. At the back-end, the Intersolv Generator generates C++ code. Shelton said he thought corporates wanting to undertake object development would be attracted to Constructor because Visual Basic skills were more freely available and cheaper than C++ skills, while developers would be able to programme in a familiar language without needing to re-train. The second element is Allegris Workshop, a C++ class library, incorporated into Constructor, that enables graphical user interfaces to be ported across different platforms. Allegris DataDesigner is an optional modelling tool for database design, but Intersolv has not yet decided whether to charge for it or to bundle it free-of-charge. The last member of the family is Allegris Repository, a metadata repository that underlies the entire family. It comes complete with a component manager, which acts as a search mechanism and enables users to import third party components such as Active X. The Repository will eventually form the basis of Intersolv?s entire development tools range. The Allegris Series family will ship on 31 January under Windows 95 and NT, AIX, Solaris and HP/UX. An OS/2 port is also planned. It will cost #2,500 per seat and no run-time fees will be charged. The product set will also come bundled with a beta version of Allegris Web, which generates HTML pages at the client end and C++ applications at the server level. Java support will follow by mid-year.
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