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CRESCENT'S WEB JUMP START KIT MOVES VISUAL BASIC APPLICATIONS ONTO THE INTERNET PLATFORM

BEDFORD, Mass., June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Crescent(R) Division of Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS) today announced the immediate availability of The Web Jump Start Kit, a transition tool designed to leverage the Internet for Visual Basic(R) business application development. The Web Jump Start Kit helps VB programmers port their applications to the next VB platform, the Internet. To ease the transition to the Web, Crescent is supplying The Web Jump Start Kit to developers free of charge.

A survey of VB developers conducted by Crescent at VBITS/New York, Fall 1995 indicates that seventy-three percent of VB developers are using the Internet on a daily basis and fifty-eight percent are using the Web. Developers are looking to third-party vendors to supply them with solutions to use VB, OLE and ActiveX technology on the Web.

"Customer feedback confirms that Visual Basic developers are eager to take advantage of the Internet," said Jennifer Bergantino, vice president product marketing and business development for Progress Software Corporation. "The Web Jump Start Kit builds on the overwhelming success of VB4 Jump Start Kit which helped enable developers to transition from the VB3 to VB4 environment. The Web Jump Start Kit provides developers an easy way to smoothly transition VB applications to the Web. Crescent plans to continue to pave the path as a leader in the VB market, providing the first comprehensive Web solutions for VB developers."

The Web Jump Start Kit includes a Visual Basic development tool and documentation to give corporate developers a head start when moving to the Internet. Also included is a white paper which details development considerations to be factored into the migration process. The Web Jump Start Kit includes:

-- white paper on "Transitioning Your VB Applications to the Web"

-- trial version of Crescent's Internet ToolPak 2.0, includes

four new exciting demos and a Webframework (from VB

AppFramework);

-- trial version of PDQComm 3.1;

-- Web Transition Kit, includes form to HTML Wizard, CGI-OLE

Wizard, CGI Engine DLL and Remote Debug DLL;

-- trial version of VBnet 2.0 from TVObjects Corporation --

converts Visual Basic projects for use on the Web;

-- white paper -- how to use Crescent Internet ToolPak in the

C++ development environment.

"Crescent's development of an Internet transition package will enable developers to bring VB development to the next level," said Andy
Goren, president of TVObjects Corporation. "Crescent's leadership and commitment has enabled the Visual Basic market to take advantage of the Internet and World Wide Web. They are the first vendor to enable us to develop and deploy our applications across the 'Net."


The Web Jump Start Kit is available at no charge through the Crescent Code Depot(TM) on-line storefront http://crescent.progress.com) and directly from Crescent at 800-352-2742. Outside the United States, users can dial 01-617-280-3000. Crescent is also accessible through e- mail at crescent@progress.com.

Crescent, headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts, is dedicated to enhancing the success of Visual Basic developers by delivering tools and services that heighten their productivity and provide the foundation for creating reliable, scalable, business-critical applications. By leveraging a 10-year track record of developing successful tools and components for the BASIC and Windows/Visual Basic environments, Crescent provides components and corporate and client/server solutions to its customers worldwide. Through constant interaction with application developers, Crescent develops and markets a broad array of products, services and support options uniquely suited to the corporate Visual Basic market.

NOTE: Crescent, Web Jump Start Kit and Code Depot are trademarks of the Crescent Division of Progress Software Corporation. Windows and Visual Basic are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. All other products may be registered trademarks of their respective companies.
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/CONTACT: Tom Varriale or Steve Zamierowski of Progress Software Corporation, 617-280-4353 or 617-280-4360 or crescent@progress.com or http://crescent.progress.com, or Jim Sheehan or Kimberly Miller of The Weber Group, 617-520-7030 or 617-520-7034 or jsheehan@webergroup.com or kmiller@webergroup.com/

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