Four Seasons Software has begun shipping SuperNOVA v2.2. This version introduces a business graphics feature for SuperNOVA v2.2. The business graphics feature allows developers to compile and display data from different databases in a variety of graphical formats including scanned images, graphs, bar and pie charts. This feature allows business application developers, MIS managers and even end-users to benefit from SuperNOVA's database independence, which allows data to be shared across most platforms and operating systems.
One of SuperNOVA's capabilities is its ability to run in a distributed processing mode. Using an optional distributed processing capability, applications developed using SuperNOVA can run on a network consisting of various system types as well as different proprietary DBMS and operating systems. Running in the distributed mode, the complete network is available as one virtual computer system.
SuperNOVA v2.2 enhances the distributed processing mode by adding an Optimized Packet Handling feature. Applications can now transparently access data and processing routines at high speeds between network nodes. The network can be comprised of VMS, UNIX, and MS/DOS machines, even MS/DOS systems with only 640KB of memory. SuperNOVA v2.2 supports access to Teradata databases along with access to a range of other commercial Data Base Management Systems (DBMS), such as Informix, Oracle, Ingres, and Sybase, as well as flat files. Utilizing SuperNOVA's fourth generation language, applications can simultaneously integrate data from more than one DBMS and can run on a variety of operating systems including DOS, UNIX and VMS.
SuperNOVA v2.2 ranges in price from $995 to $115,000 depending on the hardware platform. Site licensing is available. For more information contact Four Seasons Software, 2025 Lincoln Highway, Edison, NJ 08817, (908) 248-6667, Fax (908) 248-6675.
Turbo C++ for Windows 3.0 offers an inexpensive route to Windows programming for entry level programmers. Major features include a graphical user interface, an object-oriented foundation that provides built-in objects to save developers time and coding, a library that enables DOS-based C and C++ programs to run instantly under Windows, and Borland's resource editor, a tool for visually creating Windows resources such as icons, dialogs, fonts, and bitmap graphics without writing code. Borland's C++ v3.0 compiler now supports global optimization. Tools available in Borland C++ 3.0 include an object-oriented assembler; Turbo Debugger for tracking down bugs; Turbo Profiler for Windows and DOS for locating bottlenecks in programs; and WinSight, for monitoring Windows messages.
Borland C++ & Application Frameworks 3.0 is the high-end product of Borland's C++ product line. It includes everything in Borland C++ 3.0, plus Object-Windows and Turbo Vision application frameworks, complete with source code for the frameworks and the runtime library. Borland's application frameworks define a standard user interface and behavior for Windows (using ObjectWindows) or DOS (using Turbo Vision). The application frameworks give programmers a head start toward creating applications by providing user-interface building blocks, fundamental data structures, and support for object-oriented programming.
Turbo C++ for Windows 3.0 carries a suggested retail price of $149.95. Borland C++ 3.0 has suggested a retail price of $495 and Borland C++ & Application Frameworks 3.0 carries a suggested retail price of $749. All products are available now through major resellers or direct through Borland.
Current users of Turbo C++ and Turbo C can upgrade to Turbo C++ for Windows 3.0 for $89.95. Turbo Pascal users can upgrade to Turbo c++ for Windows 3.0 for $99.95. For owners of Borland C++ 2.0 and Turbo C Professional, it will be $125 to upgrade to Borland C++ 3.0 and $199.95 to upgrade to Borland C++ & Application Frameworks 3.0. Borland C++ & Application Frameworks 2.0 users will automatically receive Borland C++ & Application Frameworks 3.0 free of charge. All prices, including the upgrade and offers, are in U.S. dollars and apply only in the U.S. and Canada.
For more information contact Borland, 1800 Green Hills Rd., P.O. Box 660001, Scotts Valley, CA 95067-0001, (408) 439-4825.
The UEM's real time trace collects machine cycles as the target program executes. The source level debugger shows trace data in the original source form, so the programmer can debug in the same context he wrote the code.
The UEM does come with a real time performance analyzer. The SLD automatically couples this to the C code, assigning one function per performance bin (255 maximum). A few seconds of work identifies time-critical routines that must be optimized. All UEM-Series emulators come with a memory access monitor that non-intrusively monitors all memory references. The user can specify areas of memory as being write protected, read and write protected, fetch protected (i.e., no fetches allowed), or open for any access. A breakpoint will occur if the mode is violated, immediately identifying code or pointers that "wander off." The 80186EB UEM costs $7500 and is available from stock. For more information contact Softaid, Inc., 8300 Guilford Road, Columbia, MD 21046, (410) 290-7760 or (800) 433-8812.
For more information contact Paul Chen, 3140 De La Cruz Blvd, Suite 200, Santa Clara, CA 95054, (408) 748-0685, (408) 748-0125, Fax (408) 748-0879.
Quadbase-SQL/Win is a full featured relational database engine in the form of a DLL that supports various Windows development languages such as Visual Basic, C, C++, Smalltalk/V Windows, ACTOR, SQLWindows etc. It fully supports ANSI SQL level 2 standard plus extensions offering advanced features such as referential integrity, outer join, multi-user concurrency control etc. The DLL can support multiple instances. It is very fast and compact. The underlying file formats are dBASE compatible. It is ideal for small to medium sized LAN file server systems or standalone or laptop machines. Users can benefit from advanced relational database features and be provided with migration path to SQL servers.
The system requires an IBM or compatible 286, 386, or 486 PC with hard disk, a minimum of 2MB of RAM, and Windows 3.0. For more information contact Quadbase Systems, (408) 738-6989, Fax (408) 738-6980.
All source modules which are compiled into the executable program are passed through the C-Verify preprocessor. C-Verify analyzes the program's logic and generates an index file containing a unique label reference for each logic branch. C-Verify also outputs a new version of the source containing function calls which generate a file list of all the logic branches taken when the executable is run.
The source output by C-Verify is compiled and run. As the program executes, the output file is built from the C-Verify label references for each logic branch taken during the run. Many different tests may be executed, passing the resulting logic probes into the output file for analysis.
When the test suite is finished, C-Verify compares the file containing all possible logic branches with the file containing branches actually taken, identifying which logic has and has not been covered by the test suite. The programmer may then devise additional tests which pass through the neglected logic and run C-Verify again until 100% coverage has been attained. For more information contact Softran Corporation, One Naperville Plaza, Naperville, IL 60563, (800) 462-3932, Fax (708) 505-3457.
TeamNet is a UNIX-based configuration and data management system that supports software, electronic, and mechanical engineering projects. TeamNet provides configuration management and version control by transparently tracking product development using any tool that runs on any platform on an NFS-based network. New tools can be immediately integrated into the TeamNet environment with no need to modify or encapsulate tools prior to use.
TeamNet 3.0 features an enhanced OPEN LOOK graphical interface, an enhanced conflict resolution process, and two-phase commit mechanism for checking in changes and managing work area and baseline updates. Network enhancements include virtual copy capability and a floating license system.
In networked environments TeamNet licenses are priced at $3,000 and will support an average of two concurrent users per license. For more information contact TeamOne Systems, Inc., (408) 730-3500.
The ESP2000's high performance is due largely to the internal cache in the 80486. In addition to the internal cache, the ESP2000 provides a local memory architecture that consists of four-way interleaving and 128-bit "burst" accesses to provide near zero wait state performance. Up to 64MB of system memory is supported and this memory is field upgradable accepting 256KB, 512KB, 1MB and 2MB by 36 SIMM modules.
The ESP2000 also provides support for an optional Intel Turbo cache module. Both 64KB and 128KB modules are supported. The architecture implemented is a "parallel" cache; thus, it resides in parallel with the CPU and local DRAM. As a result, local DRAM cycles can by initiated in parallel with cache TAGRAM lookup, precluding any penalty typically associated with a cache lookup.
This single board computer's bus operates at the EISA standard and ISA backward compatible bus speed of 8.33MHZ. The EISA bus DMA channels can operate in both eight- and 16-bit modes with EISA/ISA bus slaves and masters, and 32 bit modes with EISA slaves and master. The interface of EISA masters to memory is optimized such that the memory is capable of sustaining the full 33 megabytes per second bandwidth as defined in the EISA specification.
Combined with one of Diversified Technologies' EBP series of EISA backplanes, the ESP2000 provides the EISA designer with a system capable of supporting six intelligent EISA bus masters simultaneously for demanding applications. To ensure compliance with FCC and Underwriters Laboratory regulations, the ESP2000 incorporates extensive design measures for EMI/RFI emissions control and U.L. safety requirements.
The 33MHz EISA "486" ESP2000 without RAM is priced at $2,595 in single piece quantities. Allow 1 to 4 weeks delivery ARO. For further information contact Diversified Technology Inc., (800) 443-2667.
CodeBase 4.5 gives C/C++ programmers the ability to enhance the data entry capabilities of Microsoft Windows with entry validation and picture templates. CodeBase 4.5 database browse and edit windows can be designed using any resource toolkit. The CodeBase 4.5 library may also be used as a royalty free DLL.
CodeBase 4.5, with complete multi-user source code and a 90 day money back guarantee, lists at US$395. For more information contact Sequiter Software Inc. #209, 9644-54 Ave., Edmonton, AB, Canada, T6E 5V1, (403) 437-2410, FAX (403) 436-2999.
OPC includes high-level objects such as text editors, dialog boxes, scrolling data entry screens, help systems, and more. The user interfaces are ready-to-use, and built-in calls allow programmers to customize the behavior. OPC does not use event-driven programming. Applications built using OPC will run nicely in 640KB 8088-based PCs. OPC includes utilities to help build menu systems and data entry screens. The utilities support interactive design and testing and then automatically generate source code.
OPC includes full source code, 1,300 pages of documentation, pop-up help, and plenty of example and demo programs. No payment of royalties is required. OPC requires Borland C++ 2.0 or 3.0. Object Professional for C++ costs $249. For futher information contact TurboPower Software, P.O. Box 49009, Colorado Springs, CO 80949-9009, (800) 333-4160, FAX (719) 260-7151.
Multiple physical disk volumes are now supported. Now developers can utilize multiple disk volumes to separate various data objects like indices and databases thereby decreasing the amount of time required to retrieve data. The size of a database is also no longer limited by the size of one OS/2 disk volume. In addition, the XDB-SERVER for OS/2 version 2.41 has enhanced its query optimization.
XDB's SQL Engine provides the same mainframe quality implementation as DB2 including referential integrity, record level locking, rollback and recovery, field level security, etc. The XDB-SERVER is built using the client-server architecture. The XDB SERVER for OS/2 supports both the Named Pipes and Netbios protocols.
The price of the XDB-SERVER for OS/2 version 2.41 is $2495. For more information contact XDB Systems, Inc., 14700 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707-2921; (301) 317-6800.
DataBoss supports Borland's Turbo Pascal v5.0, v5.5, and v6.0; Borland C++; Turbo C v2.0, Turbo C++; and Microsoft's C compilers v5.1 and v6.0. It can also be used with Microsoft QuickC compilers but the integrations isn't as tight. DataBoss can be used to create mutliuser LAN-based applications as well as single-user applications. It supports Novell, 3Com, Tops, 10-Net and PC-MOS systems.
DataBoss creates applications that use B-tree indexed files, which are reorganized whenever the database is updated so as to reduce data access times. Because it uses the B-tree indexes and because it is compiled, a DataBoss application is generally faster than a similar application developed using DBMS system.
For more information contact Kedwell Software, 7460 Redwood Boulevard, Suite A, Novato, CA 94945, (415) 899-8525, FAX(415) 899-8524.
The template sets available for Soft-Code 2.5 have also been significantly enhanced. Templates are language-specific: there are separate templates for C, Basic, Pascal, dBASE IV, Clipper, FoxPro, Arago and Quicksilver/dBXL, each of which takes developers to generate complete multi-file applications including pop-up picklist menus, pop-up trigger windows and context-sensitive help. In addition, the Xbase-specific templates support scrollable, multi-record views. Each template includes on-line help and comes with source code which can be modified.
SoftCode 2.5 retails for $295 and includes one template set and a 30-day guarantee. Additional templates retail for $149 each. For further information contact Bottleworks Development Co., 333 Hempstead Avenue, Suite 213, Malverne, N.Y 11565, (516) 596-9700, FAX (516) 596-9701.