InfoWorld. Oct 6, 1986, Vol. 8 Issue 40, p37, 1 p.
Software Design, Computer Software Industry, Applications, Software Packages, Programming, Project Life Cycle, Product Development, and Symantec Corp. Living Videotext Inc. -- Product development
According to software developers at Living Videotext Inc., the overall nature of the product-development cycle can be outlined in five rough steps, which include prototyping, technology development, and user proofing to fill in holes; the fourth step involves deciding what will be contained in the first release and later releases and then creating a master disk; and the fifth step involves internal delivery, with a freeze on changing any features. A project that was conceived by Dave Winer, president of Living Videotext, was a low-cost calendar program for an IBM PC or an Apple Macintosh. After 18 months into the product cycle, the Macintosh product was chosen to be marketed, as company sales for Macintosh software increased, while demand for IBM PC software remained flat. Financing and some technical problems also contributed to the decision to ship the Macintosh product and to shelve the IBM PC version; however, technology features of the Macintosh version and may be incorporated into future projects.
InfoWorld. Feb 20, 1989, Vol. 11 Issue 8, p16, 1 p.
Business Planning, Product Development, and CA Inc. -- Product development
Computer Associates is planning PC versions of several IBM mainframe products and CASE tools. The products will offer advanced prototyping, querying, cooperative processing, and applications portability. CA-Datacom-PC Release 1.0 will be a DOS version of its PC-Datacom relational database with ad hoc query capabilities added and an SQL interface. Release is scheduled for fourth quarter 1989. A multiuser version that supports IBM Token Ring and PC networks is slated for the second quarter of 1990.
InfoWorld. Feb 4, 1991, Vol. 13 Issue 5, p47, 1 p.
Product Development, Strategic Planning, Applications Programming, Application Development Software, Oracle Corp. -- Planning, and Oracle Card (Database application development software) -- Product development
Oracle Corp has developed a portable, multimedia, end-user database client for the Windows 3.0 and Macintosh environments called Oracle Card. Oracle Card allows users to build applications on top of Oracle databases. It is simple to use and powerful, and it could be an excellent tool for MIS managers and software developers who need to develop SQL-based applications for their internal customers. It is also a rapid prototyping tool. Although Oracle Card has yet to reach the beta installation test stage, Oracle officials need to keep a close eye on its use at those stages. If Oracle Card has potential beyond Oracle's current strategic plan, those users will discover it and Oracle will have a better idea of how to market it in an industry that needs an easier way to develop database applications.