Software Configuration Management Tool Offers Enhanced Functionality For Enterprise Windows Developers.
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 14, 1997--
Ease of Use and Tight Integration with IDEs Make Visual Enabler
2.0 the Choice for Application Development
Softlab Enabling Technologies today announced the availability of Visual Enabler 2.0, a new version of the software configuration management (SCM (1) (Software Configuration Management, Source Code Management) See configuration management.
(2) See supply chain management. ) toolset for Enterprise Windows application A program that is written to run under Microsoft's Windows operating system. Such applications typically run under all 32-bit versions of Windows, but earlier applications might also run under the 16-bit versions (Windows 3.x) as well. See Windows. developers. Visual Enabler 2.0, offers Windows development teams an easy-to-use version control tool that provides them with the flexibility and team coordination necessary to work better, faster and smarter.
"We developed the Visual Enabler 2.0 version based on what development teams told us they wanted in an SCM tool," said Softlab CTO (Chief Technical Officer) The executive responsible for the technical direction of an organization. See CIO and salary survey. John Kopcke. "With industry demanding that developers produce more code in less time, developers needed a tool that is easy to use and could seamlessly integrate into the development process."
Using an object-based approach, Visual Enabler provides developers with all of the information needed to build and maintain Visual C++, Visual Basic 5.0 and Visual J++ systems including full support for Developer Studio .dsp and .dsw files. This involves the analysis and decomposition of source code into easily understandable objects as well as the storage of these objects and supporting information in an object repository.
Providing "Critical" Features Desired in an SCM
"Tight integration with IDEs is a critical feature that programmers look for in an SCM," said Dick Heiman, research manager for application development tools at International Data Corp. "As development teams grow, they are going to want tools that provide features that add flexibility to the development process and scale to the size of their group."
Another feature that adds flexibility to the team is Visual Enabler 2.0's innovative One Button Build. With the new Build Wizard, developers can automate complex builds for Visual C++, Visual Basis 5.0 and Visual J++ applications, including scheduling, customizable exits and automatic team notification. Additionally, with One Button Build, there are no proprietary utilities required, no programming necessary and no makefile modifications to worry about.
Register Interest is a feature that automates the information flow within the development team. Register Interest differs from broadcast approaches because it allows the developer to control the amount and type of information to be received. Developers can select from an array of predefined events and get automatic e-mail notification when the event is triggered. Like One-Button Build there is no programming necessary. MAPI (Mail API) A programming interface from Microsoft that enables a client application to send to and receive mail from Exchange Server or a Microsoft Mail (MS Mail) messaging system. Microsoft applications such as Outlook, the Exchange client and Microsoft Schedule use MAPI. and SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) The standard e-mail protocol on the Internet and part of the TCP/IP protocol suite, as defined by IETF RFC 2821. SMTP defines the message format and the message transfer agent (MTA), which stores and forwards the mail. e-mail support is provided.
Visual Enabler 2.0 also provides more server options to allow the most flexible configurations. In addition to the Windows NT (Windows New Technology) A 32-bit operating system from Microsoft for Intel x86 CPUs. NT is the core technology in Windows 2000 and Windows XP (see Windows). Available in separate client and server versions, it includes built-in networking and preemptive multitasking. 4.0 server support, Visual Enabler 2.0 now supports IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) AIX (Advanced Interactive eXecutive) IBM's Unix-based operating system which runs on its Intellistation workstations and pSeries, p5, iSeries and i5 server families. as well as HP HP-UX HP's version of Unix that runs on its 9000 family. It is based on SVID and incorporates features from BSD Unix along with several HP innovations.
(operating system) HP-UX - The version of Unix running on Hewlett-Packard workstations. .
Visual Enabler 2.0's features set it apart from other SCM products that market to Enterprise Windows developers. "With Visual Enabler, we put high end features in a product targeted at the middle market and we do it at an affordable price," said Michael Croxton, Softlab vice president of marketing. "With this technology, we are better positioned than products at the lower end of the price spectrum, and at the same time we are a more compelling option for Enterprise Windows development teams who deem the products at the higher end as too expensive and too UNIX UNIX
Operating system for digital computers, developed by Ken Thompson of Bell Laboratories in 1969. It was initially designed for a single user (the name was a pun on the earlier operating system Multics). ."
Furthering the Commitment to Microsoft Developers
"As a Microsoft Enterprise Development Partner, Softlab engineered the new features of Visual Enabler to be responsive to Enterprise Windows development teams," said Jon Roskill, Director Visual Tools Marketing.
Visual Enabler 2.0 will be available Oct. 20, 1997.
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