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Revelation Unveils OpenInsight Development Suite 9.2 with New OpenInsight for Web and SQL Connector


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Revelation Software has announced the availability of a new release of OpenInsight (OI) Development Suite, which continues Revelation's commitment to extend OpenInsight by embracing new technologies as well as providing seamless integration with external databases.

Founded in 1982, Revelation Software delivers a suite of application development tools and companion services that take advantage of leading network computing architectures, messaging, groupware, and client server platforms. Its flagship product OpenInsight is a database development and application environment that provides both Windows and Java-based GUI tools to develop and deploy web-based and client server applications that support native and relational XML, SQL, Lotus Notes and the leading legacy MultiValue data sources such as Arev, Pick and UniVerse.

OI 9.2, which the company has been working on for more than 2 years, includes the new OpenInsight for Web (O4W) and SQL Connector.

OpenInsight for Web (O4W) is a web 2.0 development toolkit that enables OpenInsight developers to rapidly create browser-based forms, reports, menus, dashboards and programs. "O4W is a browser-based application to make browser-based applications. It will let our developers - or even power users - make web-based applications going against their existing OpenInsight data and they won't have to learn HTML or Java scripts or Java programming," Mike Ruane, president and CEO of Revelation Software, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "We made it browser-based - effectively, fill in the blanks, walk through the wizards - and you end up with web-based applications at the end."

The 9.2 release also includes SQL Connector, which allows SQL tables in relational database management systems such as SQL Server, MySQL and Oracle, to be seen as native tables to all components of OpenInsight, including forms, reports, popups, stored procedures and O4W. "While we could get that data before, it was a whole different series of functions," explains Ruane. "What we have done is built intelligence into the connector so that programmers that have been doing work, not just in OpenInsight, but any flavor of MultiValue, can now use that same knowledge base that they have, and go against data that used to be fairly difficult for them to get at." This is important, emphasizes Ruane, because DBMSs which used to be "so standalone and so proprietary" now really need to play well with each other nowadays. "People don't care about the database behind the system; they care about the data."

OpenInsight 9.2 also includes a range of additional new features. Go here for more product details.


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