The BASIS Advantage
Fourth Quarter 1999 (Volume 3, Number 4)
December 31, 1999, came and went, and your company's computer systems ticked right along into the new century. Now that Y2K is
over, what's next?
BASIS answers the question in this issue. E-business is not looming on the horizon; it's here now. But for many Business Basic
developers, concerns over plunging into GUI are holding them back from priming the enterprise for e-business. This issue
features a two-part article about what we see happening in e-business as it relates to the Business Basic community. A
different approach to going GUI is also presented, as well as discussion of costs and GUI standardization issues. BASIS' new
GUI tool, the Grid Management Library, is explained. Included are two articles about a European company, Aucon BV, that is
migrating a complex, character-based application to GUI.
Also in this issue is a discussion of starting a Web site, the first step in e-business, and our efforts in putting BASIS
documentation online. Our initial forays in computer-based training are presented, as well as the announcement of PRO/5 3.0,
making true 64-bit support available. Two new columns are introduced, the Road Scholar Journals and What's Brewing With Java.
In the Tech Resource Zone, remote installation and licensing are detailed.
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 April 30, 2000. You can request a copy of
the demo CD for a limited time only, so don't delay!
- THANKS FOR A GREAT YEAR!
BASIS President George Hight wraps up 1999.
- BEYOND Y2K: E-BUSINESS & ENTERPRISE COMPUTING
by Win Quigley
In this two-part article, BASIS Product Marketing Manager Win Quigley
discusses electronic business-to-business interaction and the direction
of data access technologies.
- THE ECONOMICS OF MIGRATING TO GUI
by Pancho LaPaz and Greg Grisham
Here we present a discussion of the cost considerations in going GUI by
rewriting your application or by migrating with Visual PRO/5.
- GOING GUI ONE WINDOW AT A TIME
by Greg Grisham
Hunkering down to migrate an entire application to GUI all at once isn't
the only or even the best way to make the change. Often, a phased
approach can yield rave reviews from end users and save a developer's
- GUI MIGRATION CASE STUDY: AUCON BV
by Peter Sholz
This software development company in the Netherlands took a popular and
highly complex character-based application for the European car
dealership market and gave it GUI.
- A GROUND SWELL FOR AUCON'S GUI
by Elizabeth Barnett
When Jos Schier set out to salvage a legacy Nixdorf Basic application
for the European car dealership market, he knew it had a chance of
success. What he didn't expect was the overwhelming excitement it
- A UTILITY FOR GRID CONTROL
by Greg Grisham
BASIS' latest GUI tool, the Grid Management Library, provides developers
with a fast, easy way to control grids in their GUI applications.
- DESIGNING A GUI LOOK
by Sam Vulopas
Get all the details for standardizing your graphical interfaces.
- THE BASICS OF DEVELOPING A WEB SITE
by Greg Smith
So you want to be a Webmaster? There's a lot more to it than knowing
HTML. Find out more, surf some online resources and, if you're not going
to do it yourself, learn what to look for in a candidate Webmaster.
- PUTTING BASIS DOCUMENTATION ONLINE
by Paul Hughes
Two years in the doing, all BASIS product documentation and manuals went
online this year. And they went online better organized and available in
different formats. Why we did it, how we did it and what advantages you
gain from it are answered.
- BASIS TECHCON99 REVISITED
This is simply shameless promotion about how great our conference was.
If you missed it, here's some pix and Don't Make the Same Mistake Next
- MULTIMEDIA CLASSROOM
by Elizabeth Barnett
Keeping employees and customers up to date on the latest technologies is
a challenge. BASIS is looking to meet part of that challenge with
- BASIS MAKES LARGE FILE FORMAT AVAILABLE
BASIS International Ltd. is the only Business Basic developer that gives
you virtually unlimited file sizes. Our true 64-bit file implementation
is now available for PRO/5*, the PRO/5 Data Server and the BASIS ODBC
Driver on those UNIX ports supporting the large file format.
- ROAD SCHOLAR JOURNALS
In this new column, we share intelligence affecting Business Basic
developers that we've gathered from our visits to shows, conferences,
customers and industry leaders around the world. Briefs about
GLOBEtrotter, makers of FLEXlm, and our attendance at two conferences in
northern Europe are presented.
- WHAT'S BREWING WITH JAVA
In anticipation of BBj, the foundation of which is the Java
language, we've begun another new column dedicated to tracking and analyzing Java developments. In this premiere column, BASIS
Chief Technical Officer John Schroeder discusses why we chose Java for our next generation and the potential longevity of BBj.
- TECH RESOURCE ZONE
Install a BASIS Product Remotely
You're relaxing on the beach in Trinidad and your customer's calling
from a 16th floor office in Toronto. How can you get her multiuser copy
of Visual PRO/5 2.21 licensed and running and still catch that steel
band concert in an hour?