Computer Associates will finally release Jasmine, its object-oriented multimedia database and development environment next Wednesday. Jasmine combines object database technology from Fujitsu with a multimedia application development environment from CA. A beta version of the tool has been available to developments since the CA-World annual developer conference in July. Applications developed with Jasmine can be deployed in client server, intranet and Internet environments. Rather than using C, C++ or Java for application development in Jasmine, CA has developed its own object oriented programming language called ODQL (Object Database Query Language). However, these applications can call on existing C, C++ and Java code. CA will ship Jasmine with class libraries for building multimedia applications. Jasmine will also offer access to legacy systems and provide developers with access to data held in traditional relational databases. To simplify application development in Jasmine, CA has included a rapid application development tool called Jade. This provides a visual forms painter and a selection of data-bound controls such as edit boxes, list boxes and radio buttons to enable developers to build Jasmine applications interactively. Jasmine will initially be available on Solaris and Windows NT, with HP-UX, AIX and Digital Unix versions expected to follow next year. Prices will be server-based and will start at $800 (#473) for multi-user versions running on NT. CA also plans to sell a very low-cost single-user version for individual and developer use.
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