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Five Minute Briefing - MultiValue
June 2010

A comprehensive monthly publication filled with news and insight serving the MultiValue database community.


News Flashes

BlueFinity International, a member of the Mpower1 Group of Companies, has made enhancements to mv.NET, an extensive toolset designed for creating Microsoft .NET-based applications requiring access to MultiValue logic and databases. The latest release, version 4.2, adds support for Visual Studio 2010, support for Silverlight application development, and a new data-linked XAML Form Creation Tool. "The coming-of-age of Microsoft's Silverlight technology opens up a huge door of opportunity for developers to create sophisticated, professional interfaces to their existing applications without the need to learn a hat-full of new languages and technologies," states David Cooper, lead developer at BlueFinity.

Maxwell Systems, a provider of complete construction business management software solutions, and Entrinsik, a provider of operational reporting and analysis solutions, are partnering to offer Maxwell Systems' clients Informer Web Reporting, a powerful web-based reporting and analysis solution that provides technical, business, and front-line users with real-time access to information from multiple systems, platforms, or locations.

ONware is now offering the ability to use PostgreSQL as a database system for applications developed for U2, D3, MVON and other MultiValue and PICK database environments. The new support for PostgreSQL has been added based on feedback from prospective customers in the MultiValue world, Jack Roth, director of operations, ONgroup, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Roth notes that he has come across a number of companies that have other development in their organizations in Postgres. "They like Postgres and if they can support one database as opposed to two very dissimilar databases, that is an advantage for them," he explains.

Revelation Software reports that the feedback the company received at its May users' conference regarding to the latest version of OpenInsight Development Suite was so positive that it has decided to include many suggestions into the 9.2 release.

UniVerse 11.1, scheduled for release in Q3 of this year, will include the External Database Access functionality that already exists in UniData. EDA allows users to map files to the format for another database, and then write directly to it. UniData EDA originally shipped with just a driver for DB2. "We released the API for building additional drivers with UniData 7.2. Once we were acquired by Rocket, we committed to delivering a driver for Microsoft SQL Server. Now we're in the process of building a driver that will work with Oracle," Susie Siegesmund, vice president and general manager, Rocket U2, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Rocket U2 is now looking for people who want to help by testing the driver with their application.


Think About It

Quality can be a hard thing to define. What is good and what is bad may not be easily identified and quantified. When a data mart accurately reflects data exactly as found in the source, should that be considered a quality result? If the source data is bad, is the data mart of high quality or not? If the data mart differs from the source, when is the difference an improvement of quality and when is said difference evidence of diminished quality?

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