The first major upgrade of the Uniface development toolset in two years debuted in Amsterdam on Tuesday, at the user group meeting of Uniface?s parent Compuware. The focus of Uniface Seven is primarily on supporting flexible business structures, rather than on rapid application development, its traditional strength.
Compuware, which has been criticised for not significantly enhancing Uniface since it bought the Dutch company in 1994, said it had planned to wait and create a major upgrade rather than ?tinkering?. ?Uniface Seven redefines the criteria. The issue is no longer speed of development. Systems must be built anticipating rapid change in business structures, processes and technologies,? commented Frank Slootman, general manager of the Uniface line.
The toolset is the first product within the recently announced ?Uniface in 3D? software framework, in which Compuware focuses on three key areas - model-driven development, infrastructure independent deployment and value added delivery. The first is catered for in Uniface Seven by a series of application components including Application Services, business objects that contain distinct business functions and behaviours and can be executed anywhere on the network.
Infrastructure independence is offered through the Universal Deployment Architecture, which enables an application created with Uniface to be run on multiple platforms and also multiple configurations - host, client/server, multi-tier and Internet/Intranet.
For value added delivery, Uniface Seven comes with new application delivery tools such as start-up packages to jump-start development. Companies can use Uniface Seven to deliver applications in three ways - with support from Uniface consultants and project managers, based on Uniface-based packages and frameworks, or as entirely inhouse developments.
The Deployment Architecture contains four new servers - distributed application server, Web enabler for Internet deployment, name server for large distributed systems, and Polyserver, which controls data access and integration. It also supports message-based communications, parallel transactions and native database access to DB2, Vsam and IMS.
Pricing will be announced with commercial shipments early next year. Uniface Seven is now in beta test.
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