Sybase will ship version 6.0 of its S-Designor modelling and design tools by mid-May, with new functionality for prototyping Web pages and designing data warehouse schemata.
The tools will be packaged up into two suites, although users will also be able to buy each of the individual tools separately.
The S-Designor Data Architect suite, costing $4,995, includes the Application Modeller tool for physical data modelling. This has new generators for building protypes in Power++, Borland?s Delphi and HTML, in addition to the existing support for Powersoft?s Powerbuilder language and Visual Basic.
The Web generator enables developers to create HTML-based Web pages that can hook up to databases directly from a data model.
Another new module is the Viewer, which enables end users and application developers to look at the models created by the S-Designor family and generate a report based on them.
The suite also includes the Data Architect database design tool for conceptual and physical modelling, Process Analyst for analysing data flow and diagrams and the Metaworks data dictionary.
Andy Lampitt, Sybase?s product marketing specialist, said: ?In the past, data modelling was only really of benefit to the database designer. Application developers wouldn?t really buy the tools because they were too expensive, when all they wanted was the documentation. But now with S-Designor, you can generate prototypes that show you what your application would look like, its completely different.?
The second suite, the Warehouse Architect Suite, incorporates all the above tools, but also includes another new module, Warehouse Architect.
This enables users to build a blueprint of their data warehouse so they can see how to organise their data in the most efficient way by means of graphical representation. Certain types of data can be colour coded or given an address in line with standard naming conventions, to ensure they do not get lost or muddled up. The suite costs $9,295.
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