Tools Target Pocket PC Development

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-03-20 Print this article Print

Pocket R:BASE combines R:BASE's relational DBMSes with Syware's Visual CE database development tools.

R:BASE Technologies Inc. and Syware Inc. this week launched Pocket R:BASE, the first mobile version of R:BASEs database product line. Pocket R:BASE is designed for the Pocket PC platform and combines R:BASEs relational DBMSes with Sywares Visual CE, a database development tool for Pocket PC and Windows CE handhelds. R:BASE officials in Murrysville, Pa., said that the goal is to get a robust database into the hands of field agents, who would be able to beam forms from handheld to handheld, as well as to a desktop computer version of the database. Pocket R:BASEs drag-and-drop interface allows users to create forms and to interface with R:BASE databases without coding. Forms can be designed either on a Pocket PC handheld or on a desktop computer. Other features include pop-up word lists and the ability to create pre-defined data filters. The software also includes the ability to create macros.
Pocket R:BASE will be unveiled at the R:BASE Developers conference in Pittsburgh, which runs April 4-7, and will likely ship on April 4, R:BASE officials said. Pricing starts at $399. Syware is located in Cambridge, Mass.
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Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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