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May 27, 1994


By CBR Staff Writer

CenterLine Software Inc of Cambridge, Massachusetts has released the results of the European survey carried out on its behalf into the growth of object-oriented programming and the spread of the C++ programming language among European developers. 1,300 programmers and software developers were targeted and 170 replies were analysed. None of the results was particulary astounding although a few were of interest to CenterLine. It was surprised to discover the actual take-up of object-oriented prgramming was 60% among respondents, with a third looking into object-oriented development and 5% not planning to. 50% of respondents are increasing their use of C++. Visual Basic was in use by 15% and Smalltalk, Lisp, Basic and Prolog were used by fewer than 9% each of respondents. Half of the development sites had a mix of Unix and personal computer installations, which surprised CenterLine, whose tools at present are all Unix-focussed. It will now be looking into the possibilility of offering personal computer versions of its product lines. As a developer of tools for the object technology market, CenterLine took particular note of which type of development tools the firms are using: 43% are using visual programming tools and 20% are evaluating them, while analysis and design tools are in evaluation by 38% of the organisations, but no-one appears to be using them and only 4% were using an object request broker. Only 13% are using object-oriented databases and 28% are evaluating them, with 40% having no plans to even evaluate such databases. The results uncovered concern among users that despite their interest in object re-use there was insufficient software available to support this. In response CenterLine is planning to offer a new product in the autumn to address this market.

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