The BASIS Advantage
Third Quarter 1999(Volume 3, Number 3)
A printed preview of TechCon99, this issue is packed with information about our upcoming technical conference! Each article in
BASIS TechCon99 Topics corresponds to a conference breakout session and outlines the information that will be presented.
Information about the sessions in the Business Track, Current Products Track and BBj Track is all here. Additionally, this
issue contains a feature about our financial positioning and partnering efforts in the last year. And Randolph returns to
learn more about how list boxes work in Visual PRO/5 2.20.
Demo CD Available!
This issue shipped with a special Visual PRO/5 GUI Tools demo CD that shows the kind of Windows look and feel that you and
BASIS can give your customers. The CD works through December 31, 1999. You can request a copy of the demo CD for a limited
time only, so don't delay!
BASIS TechCon99 Topics
- Try BASIS GUI Tools-Free!
Our Product Marketing Manager introduces this issue with an explanation of what's on our 3rd Quarter Advantage
- Check Out the Menu at TechCon99's Cyber Cafe
by Jennifer Mills
The TechCon99 Cyber Cafe will allow developers at our conference to meet the people behind the voices of our Technical
Support group, try out product demonstrations, access e-mail and more.
- Thriving In UNIX
by Dion Johnson, SCO ISV Development Tools Manager
Dion Johnson, SCO ISV Development Tools Manager, describes what he'll present to bring developers up to date on SCO's current product offerings, with emphasis
on network computing technologies and developer tools and strategies for the future.
- FacetWin: Windows-to-UNIX Integration Solution
by Tre Groeschel, FacetCorp Technical Support Coordinator
FacetCorp describes FacetWin, a comprehensive connectivity solution for Window-to-UNIX integration.
- Join the Digital Forms Revolution With SDSI's UnForm
by Allen Miglore, SDSI President
Allen Miglore, president of SDSI, describes how to produce top-quality, customized laser and electronic business forms
seamlessly from your BBx application, and how to sell the cost and workflow benefits to your users.
- Java and XML: A Foundation for e-business
by Fernando Lopez, IBM e-business Technology Marketing Consultant
Fernando Lopez, IBM e-business Technology Marketing Consultant, writes about how to transform your traditional business
processes to e-business, using IBM's Application Framework.
- Finally, Thin Client!
by Adam Hawthorne
Find out how, with BBj, both developers and end users will be able to manipulate the graphical front end of their
applications on less powerful desktop/workstation computers and perform the interpreting of BBj and application processing on
faster, more powerful servers.
- Moving to Modern Programming: BBjDE
by Nick Decker
BBj's development environment, BBjDE, will allow faster, more efficient coding as it removes some of the cumbersome
restrictions that hindered BBx programmers in the past.
- Light-Speed Connectivity: BQS, JDBC and ODBC
by Jeff Ash
One of the components of BBj, the new BASIS Query Server, will give BASIS customers features and functionality comparable
to true database management systems.
- Visual PRO/5: A GUI Migration Case Study
by John Lee, AddonSoftware General Manager
John Lee, General Manager of AddonSoftware, presents a case study in moving a mature, established legacy BBx system into
the world of GUI, giving it a Microsoft Windows look and feel using Visual PRO/5.
- The Business of Going GUI
by George Hight and Pancho LaPaz
In this article, the presidents of BASIS International Ltd. and SCS Consulting Inc. describe what this session will
contain concerning GUI applications and conversions in the BBx environment.
- The Guts & Bolts of Going GUI
by John Schroeder
Find out the best utilization of BASIS GUI tools: Visual PRO/5, the Microsoft Windows-based version of BBx, GUIBuilder,
the GUI development environment; and ResBuilder, the GUI screen designer.
- Exponentially Bigger Markets: How to Make Money with BBj
by Win Quigley and Mike Young
This article discusses how BBj expands the traditional Business Basic marketplace and what developers will need to know to
sell in this new environment.
- Exponentially Better Applications: Embedded Java and BBj
by David Wallwork
Using embedded Java code, a BBj application can incorporate any Java class, dramatically expanding the possibilities of
Business Basic application development. We explore some of the differences among BBx, BBj and Java.
- Designing Applications That Sell
by Greg Grisham
What defines applications that get scooped off the shelf at the local computer store? Explore the criteria that have
remained constant over the history of commercial software and some of the emerging characteristics of the latest software
- Extending the Life of Your Applications: PRO/5 Enhancements
by Win Quigley
With release 2.20, we've brought you new socket capability and a highly recoverable file format for your enterprise's
critical data, in addition to enhanced security, an improved Print Preview and more foreign language support.
- Flexible File Management
by Dale Frederick
Although all file access from within BBj programs will still operate on a channel, the internal implementation is a
dramatic improvement over previous BBx generations.
- DISC's E.NET: From Business Need to Product
by Ray Hrdy, DISC Vice President of Technology
BASIS reseller DISC builds electronic catalogues for use on the Internet, using its Enlighten.Net. Read about how this
turnkey intranet solution doesn't require the developer to know any HTML programming.
- A Bug's Life and Death
by Elizabeth Barnett
Software quality assurance at BASIS has been undergoing dramatic improvement. Learn how we build quality into our products
from the design phase through the release process.
- A New Business Model for BASIS
by George Hight and Joe Rose
BASIS is positioning itself financially to sustain long-term growth, explore new markets for Business Basic and brainstorm
new ways of doing business to better support our partners and customers.