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SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 24, 1995--Borland International Inc. this week will begin shipping its Visual dBASE 5.5 database and Visual dBASE Compiler for the Microsoft Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 operating systems. The company also announced a new product: Visual dBASE Client/Server, which is targeted specifically to developers of front-end applications for corporate database servers. Visual dBASE Client/Server will be available in August.

"Visual dBASE is a significant upgrade to the dBASE product line," said Mark De Visser, Borland's director of dBASE marketing. "The rich feature set, ease-of-use and powerful data-manipulation capabilities make it the leading RAD desktop database. It offers users a new level of visual productivity for developing Windows database applications. The new client/server version goes even farther, by offering native drivers for all the major database servers, as well as a local version of the InterBase database server -- providing a complete client/server prototyping environment."

Announced last month at PC Expo, Visual dBASE 5.5 is the only second-generation, object-oriented Xbase database. Based on leading-edge visual tools and a flexible, yet easy, programming language, Visual dBASE provides business professionals and application developers with the productivity and power to control their data. Besides support for both Windows 3.1 and Windows 95, Visual dBASE features new productivity tools for users and developers, significant performance enhancements, and robust client/server capabilities. The separate Visual dBASE Compiler allows developers to create and deploy stand-alone .EXE applications royalty-free to users. (For more details on Visual dBASE and the Visual dBASE Compiler, please refer to the June 20 announcement press release on Borland Online, Borland's World Wide Web site, at

Visual dBASE Client/Server

The new client/server version of Visual dBASE combines all the development tools necessary for creating sophisticated front-ends to existing Oracle, Sybase, Microsoft SQLServer, Borland InterBase, and Informix database servers. The product includes Visual dBASE, The Visual dBASE Compiler, native Borland SQL Links, a single-user Local InterBase Server and Borland's new Data Pump Expert.

"The real strength of Visual dBASE Client/Server is that you can do the vast majority of your development, testing and prototyping on your desktop without having to connect to a server," said Terry Crow, an Oracle and dBASE developer for a major insurance company based in Ohio. "Plus, Visual dBASE gives me the scalability to be able to take a small application that uses local database tables and upsize it into a front-end to our Oracle server -- without a whole lot of extra work."

The components of Visual dBASE Client/Server are:

Visual dBASE -- For Application Development

Visual dBASE 5.5 brings advanced client/server features to a scalable environment for easy front-end development and SQL database access.

It allows experienced dBASE and client/server developers to:

Access local and remote data easily, using the same user interface and applications with each;

Use SQL commands interactively or embed them into dBASE programs for better client/server performance;

Mix-and-match SQL and dBASE commands, for greater flexibility and power;

Access server-based stored procedures;

Take advantage of relational database features such as primary keys, referential integrity, data dictionary capabilities, data encryption and security, and database administration;

Build applications that access the widest range of corporate data, including desktop databases, SQL RDBMs, and all ODBC-compliant data sources.

Visual dBASE Compiler -- For Application Deployment

Allows developers to create and deploy stand-alone client applications royalty-free to users.

Borland SQL Links 2.5 -- For High-Performance Connectivity

High-performance native drivers for connecting client applications to Oracle, Sybase, Microsoft SQL Server, Informix and InterBase database servers. A SQL Link deployment license is available separately from Borland. Visual dBASE also supports third-party ODBC drivers.

Local InterBase Server -- For Offline Development

The Local InterBase Server allows developers to build front-end applications without having to physically connect to a remote server. The Local InterBase Server is a complete ANSI SQL-92 compliant server that runs under Windows 3.1, Windows 95 or Windows NT with a footprint of less than 6MB of hard disk space.

Data Pump Expert -- For Bulk Data Moving

Borland's new Data Pump Expert helps client/server developers move their data to the location and format that is needed -- anywhere in the enterprise. With the Data Pump Expert, data can be "upsized" from a desktop data source to a database server, moved from one server to another, or "downsized" from a database server to a local database table.

Pricing and Availability

Visual dBASE 5.5, the Visual dBASE Compiler, and Visual dBASE Client/Server are available through all major distribution channels. The estimated street prices for Visual dBASE 5.5 and the Visual dBASE Compiler are $349.95 each. Special upgrade prices are available for current users of dBASE and competitive products. The estimated street price for Visual dBASE Client/Server is $695. For more information or to place orders, customers can call Borland at 800-233-2444. All estimated prices are in U.S. dollars and apply only in the United States and Canada. Dealer prices may vary.

Borland: Making Development Easier

Borland International Inc. (NASDAQ:BORL) is a leading provider of products and services targeted to software developers. Borland is distinguished for its high-quality software development tools, which include Delphi, Borland C++, Visual dBASE, Paradox and InterBase. Borland's award-winning products are supported through comprehensive programs for small- and large-sized software developers, corporate developers, value added resellers and systems integrators. Founded in 1983, Borland is headquartered in Scotts Valley, California. For more information on Borland products and services, customers can access Borland Online, Borland's World Wide Web (WWW) site, at

CONTACT: Borland International Inc.

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