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Is Progress Pacific A Radical RAD?

Progress has a new RAD offering in the shape of its Progress Pacific Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) with features for mobile and web applications. The firm claims to present tools that work significantly faster than traditional development methods and with less complexity than other PaaS platforms.

These assertions hinge on the new mobile features in Progress Rollbase, the RAD component of the Pacific platform with its standards-based functions for moving business applications to cloud environments. These include options to create customized mobile and desktop apps from a unified platform with minimal coding and tools to securely integrate with backend infrastructure, and fast, easy cloud deployment.

This software offers programmers a route to visual development of customized hybrid apps for web, Android, and iOS devices without device-specific custom coding to access native application features.

John Goodson, chief product officer at Progress, insists that his company has made "significant investments" in mobility for model-driven rapid app dev and the cloud. "The Pacific platform is truly a comprehensive PaaS that provides the freedom to choose the deployment environments, data sources, and business logic tools for faster business reaction, analysis, and problem solving," he said.

Features include a model-driven approach using drag-and-drop, point-and-click tools for building an application; automatic generation of the server objects needed to support a mobile and web application, with access to business logic and data integration capabilities, for secure access to critical business information; and easy setup, control, and administration of push notifications from backend services to mobile clients.

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