The BASIS Advantage
2nd Quarter 2002 (Volume 6, Number 2)

This issue of the Advantage focuses on using BASIS's development tools. While we will continue to promote BASIS technology, we will also provide practical tips for putting this technology to work for you. Our topics in this issue include the enhancements that will be included with Visual PRO/5® Version 4.0. Readers will learn how Microsoft Terminal Services can provide another thin client option using Visual PRO/5. In addition, this issue provides more details on using the new NetBeans-based BBjIDE and the Java BBjBridge in BBj® 2.0. Those wanting to know how to tune the performance of their BBj thin client or manage the processes and memory of BBj will find the articles that cover these topics to be quite helpful. Marketing Manager Greg Grisham offers additional thoughts on three-tier architecture, explaining how developers determine whether they need a third tier to create applications. BASIS CEO, George Hight recaps his travels to Europe and meetings with Customers during the second quarter, and CTO, John Schroeder, describes his adventures while conducting BBj training in Europe and the U.S.

BASIS Maintains Rapid Pace
by George Hight
CEO George Hight refers to some of the articles in this issue, and how they tie to the BASIS tradition of providing a transition that allows our latest product offering to work with legacy Business BASIC products.

FEATURES

IS SYSTEMS SELECTS BBx FOR ITS B2C E-COMMERCE PACKAGE
by Elisabeth Monaghan
To develop a fully integrated accounting package, IS Systems chose BASIS's BBx®. In this article, IS Systems President Alex Pearson explains why his company chose BASIS and how, as a result, he has been able to deliver a fast return on investment.

THE MAKING OF A PROGRAMMER
by Elisabeth Monaghan
Programmer Kristi Guzman went to work for IS Systems as an Executive Assistant and within two years, Kristi developed into a talented software programmer. Kristi explains how BASIS's BBx made it easier for her to learn programming.

VISUAL PRO/5 4.0 - OPTIMIZATIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS
by Nick Decker and Dan Christman
Visual PRO/5 4.0 offers a number of enhancements which improve speed and performance in a multi-user environment.

THE NEED FOR THREE-TIER ARCHITECTURE
by Greg Grisham
We tout the fact that BBj can support a three-tier design. Greg Grisham explains why some developers need a third tier to create applications, and why for others, three-tier architecture is not necessary.

BBj THIN CLIENT PERFORMANCE TUNING
by Jim Douglas
This article presents another look at thin client performance tuning. Specifically, there are three new options included with BBj 2.0 that can reduce the number of messages exchanged between the client and server.

BBj MEMORY AND PROCESS MANAGEMENT
by Jim Douglas
BBj memory management is different from traditional BBx memory management. Jim Douglas demonstrates how to configure memory usage for BBjServices.

RUNNING BBj CODE FROM WITHIN JAVA; THE JAVA BBjBRIDGE
by David Wallwork
This article goes through the steps of building a BBj program and a Java program that calls it (widget.bbj and WidgetBridge.java). It also provides two additional programs that demonstrate how a single Java BBjBridge can be reused to provide sub-second response times.

USING THE NETBEANS-BASED BBjIDE TO DEVELOP AND DEBUG (FIRST OF A SERIES OF TUTORIALS)
by John Schroeder
In this first of a series, BASIS CTO John Schroeder talks about developing programs in the BBjIDE.

MICROSOFT TERMINAL SERVICES AND VISUAL PRO/5
by Nick Decker and Dan Christman
Learn how Microsoft Terminal Services can provide true thin client capabilities using Visual PRO/5 and how it allows for easy access to centrally located programs and data.

PUTTING THE BBj 2.0 ONLINE DOCUMENTATION TO WORK FOR YOU
by Laura Walters
Technical Writer Laura Walters describes the enhancements and features of the BBj 2.0 online documentation.

NEWS

BASIS ADDS TO "COOL STUFF"

  • CD Licenses
  • Demo Code
  • New Sample Programs

NEW SEARCH TOOL IMPROVES INFORMATION LOOKUP

BASIS PARTICIPATES IN Q1 SUN SOLUTIONS CD

NEW SUN SOLUTIONSSITE TO INCLUDE BASIS

COLUMNS

ROAD SCHOLAR JOURNALS
by George Hight and John Schroeder

BASIS CEO George Hight recaps his trip to Europe, where he met with Customers at CeBIT and attended the ENG automotive industry conference in Amsterdam. George also talks about attending HSD Perot's annual DIAMOND Users Group Conference, which took place in May.

John Schroeder writes about conducting training for Perot Systems. He describes the training he conducted for Italian distributor, Ready Informatica and his visit with the BASIS Germany staff.

TECH RESOURCE ZONE
Here we address how Customers can take advantage of features in BBj, without upgrading existing PRO/5® or Visual PRO/5 applications.


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