DataEase International Ltd, Ilford, Essex claims to have beaten rival software developers Borland International Inc and Microsoft Corp to market with the first database access and applications development tools for the Windows market. DataEase Express for Windows is also the first of three graphical user interface products from the company and the first to incorporate Microsoft’s newly released Open Database Connectivity architecture. This enables users simply to click on an icon to access Borland’s dBase and Paradox databases directly as well as to get at DataEase’s own database files and tables. They can all be accessed simultaneously. The user does not have to know each database’s relevant programming language because different SQL dialects in the software are generated automatically. The user simply types in the name of the database required plus the name of the file to be accessed. The company claims that its products are the only ones to be aimed at the business professional as well as the first-time database user rather than the computer programmer. However it has yet to prove itself in the high street, where Borland’s and Microsoft’s strength lies. They, in turn, are eager to enter the business market. The new products are compatible with DataEase’s MultiTechnology line of integrated database products and services, which means they can run together with other Dataease products on the same network. DataEase claims this gives it the edge on competitors, which often develop fragmented product ranges as a knee-jerk reaction to market opportunity. The DataEase Express development tool builds applications, based on objects, such as character sets or fonts, that the user creates and can share with his or her colleagues. Two modes, designer, used to build new applications, and user, for viewing and updating existing applications, can be selected from the tool bar, and movement between the two modes is achieved by clicking on an icon with a mouse. Dataease’s SQL Connect modules, based on its Prism architecture, provide access to SQL servers such as those of Oracle Corp and Sybase Inc. The Connect modules are integrated into both the Express product and the new MS-DOS- and OS/2-compatible DataEase 4.53, which is aimed at the professional applications developer. Access to different databases is slower and not simultaneous with the Connect modules because they use an import utility to read in the different tables. DataEase Express runs under Windows 3.0 or higher in standard mode and under MS-DOS or PC-DOS 3.1 or higher. It requires at minimum an Intel Corp or compatible 80286 CPU and a VGA video adaptor, providing 2Mb of RAM memory and 6Mb of free disk space. The product will start shipping on November 30, priced ?385 for a single-user or network, and ?233 for each additional network user. DataEase Windows 2.0 will follow soon for the professional applications developer. Dataease 4.53 was released on November 3, and runs under MS-DOS and OS/2. It costs ?600 for a single-user file server copy, ?700 for three more users. Both DataEase Express and DataEase 4.53 will be sold through a nationwide network of over 600 resellers, and will be supported by a free hotline, training and consultancy.
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