Informix has unveiled what it calls its universal tools strategy to try and make it easier for developers to build applications for its Universal Server object/relational database.
The main component is the Data Director tool that the database supplier acquired along with its CenterView acquisition earlier this year.
The tool, when used in conjuction with other development environments such as Microsoft?s Visual Basic, lets users embed SQL3 statements into their applications more easily and automates the coding of data management syntax, the company claimed.
Gail Baglow, Informix?s technical marketing manager, said: ?In the past, developers had to write huge amounts of code to access different data types, but this provides them with the means of reducing data management coding to improve productivity. We estimate that programmers spend 10 per cent of their time writing user interfaces, 10 per cent writing business logic and code and up to 80 per cent writing SQL.?
She said that the vendor?s New Era development tool had only really been sold to Informix database developers but this will open up revenue opportunities among third party tools users, who want to build applications for Universal Server.
Data Director is already available for Java, will ship for Visual Basic in July, and support other tools such as Symantec?s Cafe, Sybase?s PowerBuilder and Forte later in the year.
A beta version of a Data Director software developers kit will also follow later this month, including C++ and Java object interfaces to enable existing applications to access Universal Server.
Informix is also shipping version 3.0 of New Era, which supports Windows 95 and NT for the first time. The enhancement includes a metadata repository, partition wizards to enable users to transparently partition their applications and Seagate Software?s report-writing tool.
But the offering will not include full support for Universal Server development until version 3.1, due in July.
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