As expected, Novell Inc will introduce Visual Applications Builder, a visual programming environment and cross system tool, with integrated Tuxedo transaction processing monitor capabilities on June 17. Tuxedo support will be provided through an Application Loadable Module. (An Application Loadable Module is a client-based module consisting of a set of services or code that is integrated with an application). According to Novell, the Application Loadable Module will enable developers to build applications with inherited object links to Tuxedo services already operating in a computing environment. It is currently in beta test. A fully object-oriented version of the Application Loadable Module is expected to be announced next year, the company says. Visual Applications Builder, which is part of Novell’s AppWare portfolio, is based technology taken from Serius Corp, which the firm acquired last year. Serius specialised in object-oriented tools designed to enable users to create applications graphically by using point and click methods.