Some 15 or so of Groupe Prologue SA’s software developer customers have discovered the world of object-oriented technology with version 2.0 of the Paris-based company’s Abal++ development environment – as promised, Groupe Prologue began shipping a beta edition of the product to limited customers on November 1. But project manager for object-oriented technology Claude Roblez declares, Abal++ is not just a simple duplication of the C++ programming language. We have been inspired by object-oriented technology in general, not just C++. Abal++ is another application of object-oriented concepts with a different syntax [than C++]. Nonetheless he said, the product contains a mechanism that enables its applications to communicate with others, including those developed in C++. Prologue’s third-party developers, which the company trained before shipping the product, are converting only some of their application modules into objects, however. Abal++ currently runs under Santa Cruz Operation Inc’s Unix, Prologue and Novell Inc’s NetWare, director of marketing, Annik Bonnefemme-Harmand said. But she added, We are the only ones developing under NT because there still aren’t many systems houses that using NT to develop management systems. Production versions of Abal++ are scheduled for release in mid-February at the Forum PC show in Paris.