Making Progress in Web Services
New development platform lets customers re-use legacy code to create Web Services.The Progress Co. plans to announce OpenEdge, a development platform for creating applications that consume and generate Web services, at its annual users conference next week in Boston. Progress will release OpenEdge as a series of products that will consist of a database layer, an application server to interact with the database, a client piece to interact with the application server, a development framework in which to build applications, Progress Fathom family of application management tools and integration services delivered by Progress sister company, Progress Sonic. OpenEdge will also feature a component called Web Services Technology Preview that will let customers re-use legacy code to create Web Services. OpenEdge supports Microsoft Corp.s .Net framework by offering partners the option to integrate the native .Net user interface with Progress-driven business logic. Developers will be able to choose from a variety of user interface techniques and technologies via a collection of business logic components.
Officials said that this will enable end users of applications created by Progress application partners to tailor how their desktops look and function. In the past, Progress technology has focused on turning out interfaces for users of applications such as point-of-sale registers. With .Net integration, applications can be built that feature any type of user interfaces, such as those designed for the Web, devices or the .Net interface, for example.