Object Design has unveiled version 5.0 of its ObjectStore object database, which includes native support for Java and Microsoft?s ActiveX technology.
The product, which is available now at #3,800 per seat, also enables multiple servers to share common disks to provide failover capabilities for the first time, offers asynchronous replication over a wide area network, and includes checkpoint refresh to improve performance.
But Jim Beagle, Object Design?s Vice President of Europe, said: ?Our real focus with this product is increasingly on the Internet and intranet world, which is why we?ve added Java support and enhanced our support for different data types. The Java and ActiveX interfaces are important because they provides tight coupling with the database and enable users to store, manipulate and access data in the database using native calls. A number of people have expressed concerns, for example, about how fast Java is, so they don?t want to increase database overhead further using JDBC.?
He added that the product also included new ?object managers? or native C++ and Java class libraries, which have been developed by third party vendors and extend the number of data types the database can store.
These include Excalibur?s RetrievalWare, which enables users to retrieve images from ObjectStore and AltaVista?s software development kit for customising its Internet search engine.
Object Design has also started shipping version 2.0 of both its Inspector and its Object Forms tools.
Object Forms, which costs #3,500 per developer seat, now enables users to develop graphically in HTML without needing to know the language, while Inspector, which costs #1,350 per developer, enables programmers to look at and model ObjectStore in a more graphical way too.
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