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July 28, 1987


By CBR Staff Writer

Ansa Corp is expected to come out with versions of its Paradox database product for environments other than MS-DOS. The Belmont, California company intends to put Paradox on as many environments as possible and is specifically looking at the Unix, Macintosh and SQL environments – but claims that Paradox will appear the same to users. Other areas that Ansa is looking at include the OS/2 operating system, Windows, and the Presentation Manager. Ansa told Microbytes Daily that it intends to attack markets where there is no clear-cut leader and hopefully establish Paradox as that market leader. According to Ansa vice-president of software development Robert Shostak, the task of porting Paradox to other environments won’t be that difficult because, he claims, a lot of thought went into the design of the program and it is written in C and its use of algorithms is better and more portable than brute-force assembly code. Ansa claims that Paradox is operating system-independent and adds that the Paradox architecture can take advantage of the additional resources of OS/2 and the large address space of other environments. The user-interface code is separate from the actual Paradox code so that the actual meat of Paradox would not have to be recoded for another version and only the interface would need alterations. No target dates were given but Ansa declared that timely support from OS/2 would be an announcement criterion.

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