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June 11, 1990


By CBR Staff Writer

DOS users now have another weapon in their armoury for gaining access to the Unix world, courtesy of Irvine, California-based Interactive Data Systems Inc’s Business Basic to C translator BBc!, the company calls it, the exclamation mark perhaps tilted at the British Broadcasting Corporation. The tool can translate several versions of the Basic language into C, including MAI Basic Four’s Business Basic, Concept Omega Corp’s Thoroughbred Business Basic and Basic International’s BBx interpreter. Users can do any additional programming in C and then recompile the code. Translated applications will interface to the entire range Informix software, other BBc! releases planned for the third quarter will add Oracle, Progress, OSF/Motif, X Window and colour support. In addition to converting software into C, it will enable customers to continue to develop applications in Basic while shipping end-user products in C, the company says.

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