Sapiens has embarked on a project, codenamed Nirvana, to add Web functionality to its Objectpool development toolset by the end of the year.
Objectpool development will in future be split into three elements. Users will build a data and business logic server, a workflow server and a Web client. Developers currently build their workflow processes into the server.
David Green, Sapiens' UK managing director, said: ?The Web is a perfect vehicle for us because our focus is on server-based development tools, with thin clients. The way our tools are made up means it is not too difficult to adapt them for Web development and we?re keen to position ourselves in that space.?
Objectpool will be enhanced to understand the semantics of Internet-based objects such as URLs and image maps.
The workflow element of the architecture will be developed to work against any Web server and to maintain status and context information for browser-based clients.
The clients will be based on HTML, but also support ActiveX and Java for front end presentation purposes. They will handle form rendering and layout, process user events and undertake local validation.
Communication with Objectpool server-based applications will be undertaken via the Sapiens Workstation application. This currently enables a server-based application developed in Objectpool to communicate with Windows PCs or 3270 dumb terminals.
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