Progress Software intends to integrate its Webspeed Web development environment with its Progress fourth generation language by the next major revision of the products next year.
Both offerings are written in the same language, which should make the creation of a common environment fairly easy, while different front end tools will be added to generate different user interfaces - Windows for client/server environments and HTML for the Web, with Java support expected to follow at a later date.
Eric Frey, Progress? vice president of product development, said: ?The aim is to unify both environments and the first pieces of this will appear later in the year, although full integration won?t take place until the next major revision. The aim is to have a common back end environment, but to offer users a choice of front ends.?
Progress, meanwhile, has unveiled the second version of its Webspeed offering, which is due to ship on 15 July.
Programmers can now use a Web browser to undertake all of their development and testing work, which Frey claims, halves the amount of time they need to spend and simplifies team development because there is no need to manage a cental source for files.
In the past, users had to FTTP their application over from a Windows environment to the server for testing, but they will now be able to use a wizard and simply press a run button to transfer it.
The tools company has added a library of wizards, templates to create master details to update files, and sample, customisable applications to the Workshop development environment. These supply users with about 80 per cent of the code they need to get packages such as ecommerce out quickly.
The Transaction Server runtime environment also includes a new Dispatcher component that enables users to add or remove servers from their network as required for dynamic load balancing.
Workshop starts at $1,000 for a single user licence, while Transaction Server starts at $2,500 for five agents.
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