Developer Solutions Briefs

Developer Solutions Briefs

Inprise unveils C++Builder Enterprise

Inprise (formerly Borland) has launched its C++Builder Enterprise application development tools.

Designed to provide a development environment, C++Builder Enterprise also includes support for object standards such as Common Object Request Broker Architecture (Corba) and Microsoft's Component Object Model (COM), and the company's Entera middleware solution.

Based upon recently-purchased VisiBroker - gained when Inprise acquired Visigenic - Corba technology, and Entera middleware, C++Builder Enterprise provides users with the capability to more easily build server-side component-based applications.

Pricing is subject to configuration and the product is available now.

Cognos unfazed by Microsoft OLAP push

Cognos is moving forward with a new release of its online analytical processing (OLAP) tool, and claims it is undaunted by Microsoft efforts to promote its own spreadsheet as an OLAP front end.

PowerPlay 6.0, Cognos' new OLAP reporting product for client/server and Web environments, is being positioned as a front end for several back-end OLAP servers, including Arbor Software's Essbase and Microsoft's upcoming Plato server, due later this year. The new product features shorter times for building multidimensional cubes, as well as support for larger-sized cubes, officials said.

Officials said there will be room for tools such as PowerPlay, despite Microsoft's plans to push Excel spreadsheets as a front end to Plato in 1999.

Pixel thinks outside of the Windows box

Like a feisty new realtor eyeing the land surrounding Microsoft's Redmond campus, a Seattle startup is laying claim to the real estate that surrounds Windows.

The Pixel Company's MySpace is a control bar made up of "functional cartridges" that will let users access applications, channel content, the Internet, hardware devices, digital video disc titles, other operating systems, and other information using the pixels outside of the Windows desktop.

A version geared for the enterprise, dubbed WorkSpace and including an intranet jump-off point and other business-oriented features, will be released later this year, or in early 1999, officials said.

On June 24, Packard Bell-NEC will begin shipping systems with the MySpace control bar pre-loaded.

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