Tighter integration with the Web and support for Java and ActiveX are on the agenda for future releases of Magic Software's namesake RAD tool.
In an interview with PC Week last week, David Assia, Magic Software's chairman, president and co-founder, laid down his vision for the tool.
In addition to tighter Web integration, key technologies in futures releases of the Magic RAD tool will include support for dynamic load-balancing of applications and the ability to integrate with a variety of component technologies.
Assia attributed the industry's shift from client-server back to host-based computing on the wide adoption of the Internet. Magic, Assia claimed, has a long history in cross-platform development.
The company supports server platforms including Windows NT, Unix, VMS and AS/400; major databases including Oracle, Sybase and Informix; and dumb terminal and Windows clients. The Web, as far as Assia is concerned, is simply another platform.
Magic's move to the Internet began six months ago with the introduction of WebLink, a Magic add-on which allows developers to deploy Web-based client software. Assia said by mid-1997, WebLink will be incorporated into the next release of Magic.
Assia said that by the end of the year, Magic will be able to use Java, ActiveX together with Magic's own components. Not only will Magic applications be able to use Java and ActiveX controls, but Magic applications themselves could be used as components by other applications.
By the end of 1997, Magic will feature the ability to generate Java code.
For example, Magic form definitions will generate Java forms and Java applications will be used on the client side of Web applications for validating data entry fields.
With the success of Windows NT 4.0, Assia predicts a shift to dedicated application servers and distributed computing. "About three to four years ago we moved from being a client-only tools company to offering a full enterprise tool," said Assia.
He predicted that the next big thing will be reusable components, particularly serious business components encapsulating complete business functions such as invoicing and purchase control.
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