Virtus Corp's Virtus WalkThrough is a computer-aided design (CAD) package that offers fast prototyping on the Apple Macintosh for a low price and with few drawbacks. The $495 software is easy to use and allows users to work with a concept and create a three-dimensional model quickly. The product is geared for producing prototypes and is not suitable for creating models for commercial use because it has limited rendering features. The software works in real-time which speeds up the process of creating models. Virtus also utilizes QuickTime and System 7.0 compatibility. New features include metric measurement and user-definable units, in addition to new utility tools and three libraries of objects. Technical support staff knows the product well, and provides unlimited service, but there is no toll-free number to call.
Software product introduction, Data warehousing software, Data warehousing/data mining, CrossZ Software Corp. -- Product introduction, CrossZ Voyager (Data warehousing software) -- Product introduction, Information storage and retrieval, and Computer software industry -- Product introduction
CrossZ Software this month plans to ship a data-mart prototyping tool that uses statistical data-mining algorithms to streamline development. The desktop-based CrossZ Voyager tool examines data based on user-specified criteria, [...]
InfoWorld. Nov 21, 1988, Vol. 10 Issue 47, p41, 1 p.
Prototype, Application Development Software, Productivity, Software Packages, Clarion Software Corp. -- Product information, and Personal Developer (Program development software) -- Usage
Clarion Software Corp has created the Personal Developer programming tool aimed at revolutionizing the standard method of prototyping survival critical programs. The traditional method most businesses use for application prototyping is a costly process usually involving a computer expert designing a program around a business task that he is unfamiliar with and a middle-manager, with little or no in-depth computer knowledge, critiquing the computer program. Personal Developer is a subset of Clarion's Professional Developer and has a tutorial with step-by-step instructions for building fully relational programs, and complete upward compatibility with Professional Developer. The clever product reveals an intelligent approach to boosting productivity.
COMPUTER software development, INFORMATION technology, and SOFTWARE engineering
Focuses on how information technology project prototyping becomes critical. Information on prototyping; Reasons for the uselessness of software prototypes; Importance of building a pilot implementation.
JAVA (Computer program language), PROGRAMMING languages, DATABASES, INTERNET programming, and COMPUTER files
The article discusses how Java Studio Creator empowers developers to design dazzling applications. Recently, however, some new technologies -- informally referred to as J2EZ -- have appeared, demonstrating that vendors are beginning to get the message. One of the first tools to deliver easier enterprise development is Sun's Java Studio Creator (JSC) which, although narrowly focused on the client-facing portion, provides conspicuous productivity benefits. High-level languages, CASE tools, code generators, scripting languages, and drag-and-drop programming were all part of this effort. Sun's use of JSF is particularly evident in JSC, a tool that helps developers tie great Web interfaces to EJBs and databases. In the background, these actions are generating code. A single mouse click and the generated code is compiled and run on the included Java application server. This produces a true iterative prototyping cycle. JSC includes a copy of NetBeans for all this code-level work. Code changes made to JSPs are immediately reflected in the drag-and- drop interface and vice versa. Finally, the product screams to be a plug-in to Eclipse and NetBeans. At only $99 per year, per developer, however, it is hard to complain about any of these drawbacks.
BETA (Computer program language), COMPUTER software, and COMPUTER programmers
This article focuses on the launch by Microsoft Corp. of its WinFS beta in the U.S. in September 2005. WinFS was one of the three pillars of the company's next-generation version of Windows announced two years ago, then code-named Longhorn and now morphed and downsized into Vista. Microsoft developers were happy to discover that WinFS beta really does install on Windows XP and includes an array of supporting development tools. The beta release of WinFS is a small milestone in a grand experiment on the part of Microsoft, which is to detach desktop data from its rigid hierarchy and enable users to create new, more intuitive information relationships. Now that the code has arrived, developers can start prototyping applications for themselves and get a feel for what the new era will bring.
COMPUTER industry, COMPUTER operating systems, and CONSOLIDATION & merger of corporations
This section presents news briefs relating to issues affecting the U.S. computer industry as of May 2004. Allegedly, Microsoft lays down 2007 as its delivery date for Longhorn Server and says it will issue an update to Windows Server 2003, dubbed R2, in 2005. On the other hand, Hewlett-Packard allegedly is conducting purchases of businesses, with the acquisition of ManageOne and CEC Europe Service Management. Both companies are allegedly to be added to the services unit of Hewlett-Packard. Concerning Sun Microsystems, on the other hand, the company allegedly starts prototyping its Niagara throughput computing processor. On the other hand, MCI and Microsoft allegedly signed a pact to embed telephony into personal computers.
INTERNET programming, COMPUTER software development, and APPLICATION software
Discusses steps toward speeding up the Web application developments of companies. Challenge posed by delivering e-business applications at Web speed; Characteristics of Web application development projects; Key to ensuring e-project success; Principle behind the pair programming approach in software development; Technique used to better control and monitor iterative evolutionary prototyping; Concepts endorsed by the extreme programming movement.
InfoWorld. May 18, 1992, Vol. 14 Issue 20, p72, 3 p. table
Evaluation, Software Packages, Object-Oriented Programming, Application Development Software, Symantec Corp. -- Product information, Think Pascal 4.0 (Program development software), Computer software industry, and Program development software -- Evaluation
Symantec Corp's Think Pascal 4.0 is a complete program development system for the Apple Macintosh. The program employs an object-oriented programming (OOP) language, builds on the concepts, tools, compiler, editor and debugger of traditional Pascal and retains the non-OOP Pascal language. The program is very easy to use and contains a multiwindow interface, object-oriented programming extensions and useful program libraries. Think Pascal 4.0 is System 7.0 compatible and provides a pseudo-application framework option for quick prototyping. The documentation is very good and the program is easy to learn. At least 2Mbytes of RAM are required, 4Mbytes are recommended. The list price is $249.
Microsoft recently unveiled a new prototyping application for use with the Extensible Markup Language (XML). Microsoft XML Notepad is a free download from the company's Web site that enables users [...]
COMPUTER software development, WORLD Wide Web, and SOFTWARE
Presents a chart evaluating the three different strategies for web application development. Includes setup and configuration; Database connectivity; Integration; Interface prototyping; Object reusability; Development environment.
Focuses on the Macintosh multimedia development and prototyping tool HyperCard, Version 2.3 by Apple Computer Inc. Product features and capabilities; Platform; User benefits; Price; Limitations; Price.
InfoWorld. April 18, 1988, Vol. 10 Issue 16, p53, 7 p. table High-end relational database management systems: InfoWorld benchmarks.
Evaluation, Relational Data Base Management Systems, Fourth-Generation Language, SQL, Informix-4GL 1.10.02 (Data base management system), Ingres 5.0 (Data base management system), Professional Oracle 5.1A (Data base management system), Ramis-PC Workstation 2.0 (Data base management system), and PC/Focus 3.0 (Data base management system)
Evaluations of five high-end relational database management systems are presented. High-end relational DBMSs evolved from the corporate practice of distributing database applications throughout a broad range of PCs and other computers. The programs are designed for the manipulation of enormous amounts of information. Many of these programs began as mainframe and minicomputer systems and have been adapted to the microcomputer. These programs are complex and powerful, with fourth-generation languages that give users access to specific data structures and language interfaces that let users connect with other language codes. All five program reviewed require considerable in-house support but are time- and resource-saving ways to off-load prototyping and development from large system. Ramis-PC Workstation is the easiest to use; Ingres and PC-Focus offer the best mix of features, power, and ease of use.
Implementing IS projects demands that managers use business metrics in order to be sure they estimate costs correctly and can justify them to top management. Cost/benefit analysis should be done on the business side to ensure that the company does not make large investments in unimportant projects. Key costs include one-time charges such as hardware and software, the cost of hiring outside consultants or outsourcing firms, and life-cycle costs such as upgrades and support. Technology carries many subtle costs, such as disruption to the business process caused by prototyping. Estimates mus be comprehensive. Cost cutting, cost avoidance, revenue enhancement and maintenance, gaining market share or entering a new market are the main types of benefits that can justify a project. Improving productivity should focus on cutting time to market. Projects can seldom be justified for technical reasons, but a routine infrastructure upgrades should be included as part of a business case.
InfoWorld. April 8, 1996, Vol. 18 Issue 15, p88, 2 p. other
DBMS, Software single product review, Wall Data Inc. -- Product information -- 00217886, Salsa for the Desktop (DBMS) -- Evaluation, and Database management systems -- Evaluation
Wall Data's $499 Salsa for the Desktop DBMS functions best as a program development prototyping utility, enabling nontechnical users to create personal databases and custom applications. Salsa offers various starter programs for general business applications, and customized programs operate much more smoothly on a 100MHz Pentium-based system running Windows 95. Database design alternatives include reports, queries, searches and menu arrangement. Salsa requires only that users construct a basic database model, automatically generating the remainder of an application's properties. However, the Salsa Scripting Language is too technically challenging for many users, and the implementation of forms, reports and queries is more confusing than necessary.