Version 2.0 of the Web-centric application development environment, WebSpeed from Progress Software, has hit the streets.
There are two components of WebSpeed 2.0, each sold seperately: the WebSpeed Workshop and the WebSpeed Transaction Server.
The WebSpeed 2.0 Workshop ($1600 for a single user) is a suite of tools used for developing transaction-based business applications. The WebSpeed 2.0 Transaction Server (starting at $4160 for five agents), is a deployment engine for the management of "high-volume database transactions across multiple servers".
With this new version, Progress has focused on making the process of developing enterprise Internet/intranet applications simpler, and their deployment rapid.
Chip Ziering, Progress Software's chief technology officer said the need to enhance WebSpeed's ease of use was a must.
"Because the Web was so new, a lot of people didn't know where to get started. In this release are tools that get you started more easily, such as wizards," he said.
The benefits of developing in the context of a Web browser, Ziering said, is a faster development cycle because the building and testing of the application can be done in the one environment.
Scalability is the other key factor.
"We find the traditional architecture is unacceptable for building business based applications that have to have, for example, scalability in terms of response time to the user in an Internet context," he said.
According to Progress, WebSpeed 2.0 provides "the scalability and performance required to support fluctuating and unpredictable numbers of users".
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