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From the Editor

Written by Carsten Whimster

 

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EDM/2 3-9 is finally out! Last month, I was extremely busy with many things, not the least of which were preparing for ColoradOS/2 and converting old issues to native HTML format, so I passed the ball to Carsten. Unfortunately, Carsten never produced an entire issue, so after much trial and error and with what little help I could offer from Colorado, he finished after October 15; we decided that, given the slimness of the issue, we would push it to November since we were expecting more submissions from other authors.

A few notes before I sign off for the month:

  • In the mailing list, we are conducting an impromptu vote regarding the format that you would prefer the magazine to be published in. The choices are HTML, INF, or "other". The results will have some influence, but do not assume that they will completely influence our direction. I highly suggest that you send me email (os2man@panix.com) to let me know which you prefer.
  • The Web site is growing rapidly! Issues 3-5 through this one are now present in native, well-organized HTML format. Additionally, a new Content Index has been added to allow you to browse a list of all of the available submissions and follow the appropriate link when you've found what you're looking for. We're excited about this and plan to enhance it in different ways to make it as useful as possible for you.
  • Also on the Web site are my notes from ColoradOS/2. If you weren't able to attend, you can still read about the things you should have seen and heard during that week.
Carsten, assuming the role of publisher, wrote this section originally and his text is below. Enjoy!

Well, this month the worst finally happened: Larry got too busy doing other important things (among which is converting old issues to HTML!) to do this issue, so here I am, starting late, and going slow. It has been a long and hard month, but there were a few highlights.

Already there are many reports of people buying some other 32-bit operating system, and getting so disappointed that they took it back and bought Warp. Of course, this is not what everyone is doing, but every little bit helps. We need to be ready for these people with lots of great high-quality OS/2 apps, so everybody get cracking right now!

A new fixpack (10) is out, and it has received mixed reviews. There are also two unauthorized fixpacks out there (11 and 12), and although I wouldn't recommend an unauthorized fixpack, it sounds as if things are heading in the right direction. Fixpacks 9 and 10 broke some things in the REXX DLL, but supposedly these are fixed again in fixpack 12. One of the things which was broken in 9 and 10 was the VRPrompt function in VX-REXX, which uses an automatically sized entry field. It turns out that the entry field itself was broken, and IBM seems to have admitted this. Hence the re-fix in fixpack 12.

Included with this issue is the latest round of bugfixes and updates for the editor which has been developed in the last few issues. Look for smaled95.zip.

If the format is a little odd here and there, it is because I didn't have time to go around and fix everything. It should be readable, though. That is about all I have to say here. Now we continue on with the rest of this slightly slim issue...

Announcements

Bullet Database Engine Toolkit for 32-bit Compilers

Contact: Cornel Huth
/e-mail: cornel@crl.com

San Antonio, Texas - Bullet/2 for OS/2 is a thread-safe, multi-process capable database engine toolkit. It provides pre-built and tested access methods to data and index files for application programmers. It is not an end-user Database Management System (DBMS), but it is a tool that may be used to develop one. Bullet is compact, efficient, and very fast. Bullet can be configured to use custom key-build, sort-compare, and expression- parser routines to extend the built-in functionality. Rules are few; possibilities are great.

The standard data format is DBF (dBASE 3+ and later). The supported memo format is DBT (dBASE 4 and later). Index-only support can be enabled and with this any data file format may be used (the data maintained by the programmer then). Also, the DBF standard may be extended by using binary field values and fields larger than 255 bytes. Index files are NLS- compatible and use an efficient b-tree structure. Files may be any size supported by the OS, up to 4GB. Up to 1024 files may be opened and in use by any one process, with any number of processes active.

The Bullet API consists of a wide assortment of routines, from low-level OS calls to high-level transaction-list routines that can process hundreds of files per transaction, with roll-back on error. Network and multi-user support is included, and makes use of operating system features such as atomic re-locking, and shared locks that allow other processes read-access to locked files.

Bullet is simple to use and works the way you are used to working. Documentation and samples included are for C or C++ compilers, but any compiler supporting 32-bit DLLs may be used.

Pricing is available in three options, depending on total open files needed, simultaneous processes running, and DLL or LIB requirements. Price starts at $99 US. This release includes a try-before-you-buy version with the same functionality as is available in the $99 option (100 open files, 2 processes), and may be used for evaluating Bullet before purchase. The try-before-you- buy version for OS/2 is located at the following locations:

  • FTP: - ftp.crl.com /users/co/cornel/database/blt2_203.zip
  • WWW: - ftp://ftp.crl.com/users/co/cornel/database/blt2_203.zip
  • BBS: - 1(210)684-8065 after business hours only ( 5pm-9am Central)
The filename is currently blt2_203.zip, but the last three digits will change with future releases. Alternate sites include the SimTel archives (primary site being oak.oakland.edu), Hobbes (hobbes.nmsu.edu), and on CompuServe, to name a few. Check the language and database directories for Bullet (blt*).

Bullet is now available for:

Bullet/2 for OS/2: Includes DLL, import library, online and printer-ready manuals. The API reference is available in either manual, with the tutorial and additional source examples in the online version. A demo EXE program, along with source, is also included. Printed documentation and the LIB version of the library code are also available.

Bullet/X for 32-bit DOS extenders is to be available by the end of the month and offers essentially the same features as Bullet/2, except it is for MS-DOS platforms (DOS extender/DPMI-compliant). The Windows Win32 version is to follow soon after.

Bullet 1 has been available for 16-bit compilers since 1992, and these are available today as bltc125.zip, bltw125.zip, and bltq125.zip, for DOS C/C++, Window 3.x, and DOS BASIC compilers, respectively, at the sites listed above. For more information, visit any of the sites listed and download the evaluation files, or e-mail to cornel@crl.com.

Multi-Voice and Multi-Fax Toolkit Released

Montreal, September 1995:

ITI Logiciel (ITI Software) announce the release of the OS/2 version of their Multi-Voice and Multi-Fax programmer's toolkit.

Multi-Voice and Multi-Fax can be used to create voice processing application such as: voice mail, automated attendant, fax-on-demand, fax broadcasting, interactive voice response. As a high level 'C' toolkit, it is as easy to use as any script language, but offers speed and flexibility of the 'C' language.

Here's description of the two products.

Multi-Voice Version 4.0

ITI Software proudly presents MULTI-VOICE Version 4.0, the complete set of tools to write multi-line voice applications on OS/2 for most of the voice processing boards available today.

Multi-Voice Product Description

MULTI-VOICE gives you a very high level C interface to the voice board features. With a single function call, you can play or record a voice file. You can play date and time, numbers, spell strings. Your Multi-Voice programs can detect the callers Touch-Tones or rotary pulses, even voice recognition is available in some versions. Never before has it been easier to integrate a multi-line telephone interface to your C programs.

MULTI-VOICE has its own multi-tasking interface. You can run the same task on all lines in the system or different tasks on certain lines. For most applications, the multi-tasking is completely transparent and there is no need for the programmer to have multi-tasking programming experience.

MULTI-VOICE brings the full power of voice processing boards to your finger tips with the speed and ease of use of Borland's C/C++ 2.0 for OS/2.

Multi-Voice Example Programs

A Multi-User Multi-Line Telephone Answering program is provided to give examples of how to call most functions in the library. The source code is included, so this program can be modified to suit your own needs. We also provide all the pre-recorded prompts used by this program. Many other example programs are also provided with makefiles for all supported compilers.

Voice Boards Supported

Dialogic D4xx, D12xx, AMX, VRxxx Rhetorex RDSPxxxx NewVoice NVx00 Bicom xLS Linkon's FC3000 & FC4000 Pika's V12 and InLine Series Talking Technology's Power Line II

Portability

The programs written with Multi-Voice for any voice board can be ported without any modifications for use with other voice boards. ITI Software offers C libraries for all the supported boards, which reduces the programmer's work to simply recompiling programs for the appropriate hardware. And we're always working to implement new manufacturer's products.

System Requirements

IBM PC or compatible running DOS 3.3 or higher (6.2 recommended) Any of the supported Voice Processing boards C/C++ Compiler: Borland's V2.0 for OS/2

Talking Clock Sample Program


/*
** This example program shows how easy and clear it is to program
** Multi-Line Voice Response applications using MULTI-VOICE Version 4.0.
**
** The program plays the current date and time on all lines available in
** the system.  It answers the phone, plays a little introduction message,
** asks the user to press 1 for FRENCH, 2 for ENGLISH or 3 for SPANISH
** and it plays the  date and time in the selected language, in the format
** Week Day, Month Day, Hour and Minutes.
*/

#include "stdio.h"
#include "MV_Util.h"
#include "MultiVox.h"

#define TIMEOUT	  10
#define RETRY	  3
#define PROMPT_DIR  "PROMPTS"

void far LineHandler ( )
{
  char	     answer;
  MVU_LANGUAGE   language;
  MVU_DATE	     date;
  MVU_DATE_FIELD date_field;

  MV_StartLH ( );

  while (MV_Running)
  {
    MV_Answer (1);	     /* answer phone after 1 ring */

    if (MV_Result ( ) == MV_SUCCESS)
    {
	MV_Play ("intro.v", MV_AbortOnDtmf);

	MVU_ReadMenu (PROMPT_DIR, "language.v", "err.v", & answer,
			  "123", TIMEOUT, RETRY);

	if (MV_Result ( ) == MV_SUCCESS)
	{
	  switch (answer)
	  {
	    case '1' : language = MVU_French;  break;
	    case '2' : language = MVU_English; break;
	    case '3' : language = MVU_Spanish; break;
	  }

	  MVU_GetDateTime (date);

	  date_field = MVU_WDAY | MVU_MDAY | MVU_HOUR | MVU_MIN;
	  MVU_PlayDate (PROMPT_DIR, date, date_field,
				 MV_NoAbortOnDtmf, language);
	  MV_Play ("goodbye.v", MV_AbortOnDtmf);
	}
    }

    MV_OnHook ( );
  }

  MV_StopLH ( );
}


void main (void)
{
  MV_AllLineHandlers = LineHandler;

  if (MV_Start ( ) == MV_SUCCESS)
  {
    MV_WaitEscape ( );	  /* Waits until the ESCAPE key is pressed */
    MV_Stop ( );
  }
  else
    printf ("Initialization error");
}

Contact us for a complete list of functions provided.

All this for only $799 US

Multi-Fax Version 2.0

ITI Software introduces MULTI-FAX, the complete set of tools to write multi-line fax applications for any CAS facsimile boards on OS/2.

Multi-Fax Product Description

The MULTI-FAX toolkit allows programmers (experienced or not) to write applications which handle fax transmission. The toolkit can handle up to ten fax boards simultaneously in a single PC.

MULTI-FAX will send any ASCII files, PCX or DCX graphic files without format conversion. You can send multiple documents in a single call.

Used along with ITI Software's MULTI-VOICE toolkit, the MULTI-FAX toolkit allows programmers to create highly sophisticated software to handle all aspects of telephone interfacing. Applications such as Fax-Mail, Document Broadcasting and Store-And-Forward can be implemented with minimum effort.

Multi-Fax Example Programs

Many example programs are provided to show how to call most procedures and functions. You can modify these programs to suit your own needs.

System Requirements

IBM PC or compatible running DOS 3.3 or higher (5.0 recommended) Any CAS compatible Fax Processing board. C/C++ Compiler: Borland's V2.0..V4.5, Borland's Turbo V2.0..V3.0 or Microsoft V5.1..V8.0.


Fax Sending Sample Program

#include "stdio.h"
#include "MultiFax.h"

void main (void)
{
  int fax_handle

  /* Start MULTI-FAX and verify if there is a FAX board in the PC */

  if (MF_Start () == 0)
  {
    printf ("No board found. \n");
    exit (-1);
  }

  /* Create a fax entry. */
  fax_handle = MF_CreateFax ();

  /* Add company logo on cover page. */
  MF_AddLogo (fax_handle, "logo.pcx");

  /* Add a message to the cover page. */
  MF_AddCoverPageText (fax_handle, "This is the cover page message.");

  /* Add ASCII text file "FAX.TXT" and graphic document "FAX.DCX". */
  MF_AddDocument (fax_handle, MF_ASCII_80, "fax.txt", MF_LETTER);
  MF_AddDocument (fax_handle, MF_DCX, "fax.dcx", MF_LETTER);

  /* Send it using highest resolution */
  MF_SetResolution (fax_handle, MF_FINE);

  MF_SetDestinationName (fax_handle, "Your Name");
  MF_SetSenderName (fax_handle, "ITI Software");

  MF_Send (fax_handle, MF_ANY_BOARD, "555-1212");

  MF_FreeFax (fax_handle);
}

Contact us for a complete list of functions provided.

All this for only $299 US

Rexx Symposium Dates Announced

Reserve May 13-15 next year for the Rexx Symposium and meeting of the Rexx Language Association. We will meet in Austin, Texas, and have negotiated low lodging rates at the Hyatt Regency. The Call for Speakers and more information will follow.

OS/2 Electronic Magazines

  • OS/2 Warp Weekly - gopher://os2info.austin.ibm.com/11/nl/os2news/os2news.70.
  • OS/2 Warp Monthly - http://www.austin.ibm.com/pspinfo/newsletters.html
  • IBM NetNews Magazine - http://www.ibm.com/mag/netnews/
  • OS/2 Warp Flash Magazine - http://www.iceonline.com/home/duncans/warpflash.html
  • OS/2 Developer Magazine - http://www.mfi.com/os2dev/os2maginf.html
  • OS/2 Connect Magazine - http://warp.eecs.berkeley.edu/os2/warppage/connect/toc.html
  • Inside OS/2 Magazine - http://www.cobb.ziff.com/~cobb/os2/
  • IBM Personal Software Magazine - http://www.austin.ibm.com/pspinfo/pcugpsm.html
  • IBM Personal Systems Magazine - http://pscc.dfw.ibm.com/psmag/index.html
  • IBM Software Quarterly Magazine - http://pscc.dfw.ibm.com/sq/enter.htm

[Editor's note - We still get no respect. Sigh.]

New GNU Fortran Available

The new version of GNU Fortran (g77-0.5.16) has been ported to emx.

It's available for anonymous ftp on:

  • ftp.uni-stuttgart.de - /pub/systems/os2/emx0.9a/contrib
  • ftp.leo.org - /pub/comp/os/os2/gnu/emx+gcc/contrib
  • ftp.cdrom.com - /pub/os2/incoming
  • hobbes.nmsu.edu - /incoming

Look for g77bin.zip (binaries) and g77src.zip (source).

This port of g77 uses now the backend of gcc-2.7.0. The executables (g77bin.zip) should work with gcc-2.6.3 binaries, too.

Please send bug reports for g77 to fortran@gnu.ai.mit.edu, except for bugs introduced by the port, which should be reported to me. If you are not sure, send bugs to me.

Contact: Dick Goran
C F S Nevada, Inc.
Voice: 1-800-864-2358, 1-702-732-9616
FAX: 1-702-732-3847
Internet: dgoran@cfsrexx.com
CompuServe: 71154,2002

Free OS/2 Related Drawings on the Internet

Las Vegas, Nevada (9/28/95) -- Beginning on October 1, 1995 C F S Nevada, Inc. will offer free monthly drawings at its Internet World Wide Web site . The winners of the monthly drawings will each be entitled to receive a complimentary copy of C F S Nevada, Inc.'s award-winning, best selling REXX Reference Summary Handbook by Dick Goran or a complimentary key to enable its new MKWINOS/2 program product. MKWINOS/2 creates OS/2 Desktop objects that are equivalent to your Windows Program Manager and its contents. Full details about both the REXX Reference Summary Handbook and MKWINOS/2 will be found on C F S Nevada, Inc.'s WWW site.

Though not the first WWW giveaway, this drawing is one of the few that will offer entrants a chance each month to win multiple awards. The rules governing the drawing are listed on C F S Nevada, Inc.'s home page.

The only hardware requirement necessary to complete an entry form for the drawing is a WWW browser that supports form submission. It is not necessary that the entrant be running OS/2.

C F S Nevada, Inc. is a Las Vegas based producer and publisher of OS/2 related software and publications as well providing commercial OS/2 training. Links on their WWW site are provided for OS/2 related hardware and software as well as some unusual, non-computer related sites.

Bubble Hint Custom Control for OS/2 PM

For more information: http://www.secant.com or info@secant.com

Now you can add bubble hints to any OS/2 program with our new Hint Bubble Custom Control. You can attach them to any control, such as those confusing toolbar buttons, and they will pop up after a specified time period to provide addtional information. This control is provided with a "C" interface only, although it may come out in the next release of the ObjectPM Control Pack with all the wrapper classes. Everything you need is included -- header files, libraries and DLL's. This is a "teaser" to drum up interest in our custom control package and OS/2 custom controls in general.

No source provided, but may be distributed with any executable royalty-free.

Come and get it from our Web page at http://www.secant.com. Please do not post on any other ftp site, as we would like to monitor interest by counting ftp'd copies.

Stardock's Object Desktop is Here

Stardock Systems will begin shipping its Object Desktop on October 2, 1995. Targeting both the corporate and retail markets, Object Desktop is an advanced desktop environment that "turbo-charges" OS/2, improving performance, flexibility, and ease of use.

Object Desktop enhances the existing OS/2 environment with updated icons, frame controls, and command buttons, and adds new tools designed to boost productivity and system performance. The new features include the Object Navigator, Control Center, Keyboard LaunchPad, Object Archives, and HyperDrive and HyperCache features.

"I haven't been this excited about a product since OS/2 Warp itself." said David Barnes, Senior Marketing Manager at IBM Personal Software Products. "My competitors recently released a product that has some nice features. But Object Desktop gave me everything they have and a lot more (and on a more solid foundation--OS/2 Warp). Object Desktop will be the first thing I install on any of my systems from now on."

Object Desktop carries a suggested retail price of $99.95. Stardock expects the typical street price to be significantly less than that. Site licensing and wholesale pricing sheets can be obtained from Stardock at 313-453-0328 (fax 313/453-1480).

'Blackout' screensaver

I've put together a new version of my screen saver "Blackout." The program is intended for DPMS, or "Green" monitors which can be shut off automatically by using this program; this is accomplished by turning off the syncronization pulses to the monitor. The screen saver has three modes of saving: 1) it reduces colour intensity on screen, and 2) it sets the monitor in suspend mode, and 3) it switches the monitor off. No fancy graphics, but it does the job - saves the screen.

The program is free and is distributed with source code. I have put version 0.94 to hobbes today, so it can probably be found in the incoming or new directory. The archive name is "black094.zip".

The program requires the emx runtime library, which is also available from hobbes or ftp-os2.cdrom.com (/pub/os2/unix/emx09a/emxrt.zip).

Changes from version 0.93:

  • Timer implementation changed to work with pre-Warp OS/2.
  • Mouse move sensing code changed slightly to overcome the problem with spurious mousemove events. Result is that the -m switch works more reliably together with Filebar and some other programs that caused problems before.
  • The switch -p was added (compatibility with some more monitors/graphics adapters).
  • The switch -n was added (to use Blackout as a minimalistc screen saver for non-DPMS systems).

IBM announces OS/2 Warp Entertainment Toolkit beta

Kit for games, entertainment software developers

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 3, 1995...IBM today announced the availability of the beta version of the OS/2* Warp Entertainment Toolkit on "The Developer Connection for OS/2, Volume 8" (DevCon8). The beta has been distributed to the more than 17,000 developers who are members of the Developers Assistance Program (DAP).

The Toolkit offers new video, audio, joystick, and networking enhancements from IBM that can help developers create exciting PC entertainment titles for IBM's OS/2 Warp and build on the existing resources in DevCon. DAP members receive tools, software technology, and information quarterly on the DevCon CD-ROM for use in OS/2 Warp development efforts.

"Developers want direct access to devices and cross-platform capabilities," said Lloyd Webber, IBM Personal Software Products worldwide games brand manager. "The OS/2 Warp Entertainment Toolkit gives them those resources for developing sophisticated interactive PC entertainment for the OS/2 market."

New development tools

The Entertainment Toolkit offers the following capability improvements in areas ranging from sound and imagery to player interaction:

  • OS/2 Warp Video offers enhanced software support to OS/2 digital video and PC entertainment programs through features like Direct Interface Video Extensions (DIVE) with full-screen support, Direct Access to Video Buffer and 32-bit Virtual I/O. DIVE, an API in OS/2 Warp, gives OS/2 applications direct access to PC video hardware, enabling developers to generate the high-speed graphics needed for today's advanced multimedia software. The DIVE graphics interface allows powerful, high-speed games and digital video applications to use a single high-speed API for such useful techniques as stretching (manipulating an image to fit any screen size), clipping ( reusing a graphic in different areas of an application) and color conversion (dictating the color palates used in the application).
  • OS/2 Warp 3D enables 3D graphics modeling and rendering to ensure maximum visual performance. IBM integrates the BRender Power Rendering System, a real-time, 3D graphics software by Argonaut Technologies Ltd., to meet the speed, size, scalability, flexibility and power requirements of the most demanding 3D designers.
  • OS/2 Warp Audio features a direct audio interface that provides a high-speed audio alternative for applications, such as games, that cannot afford the more complex methods of synchronizing sound effects with actions. IBM also provides a musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) subsystem that produces the advantage of real-time processing of musical data within the driver itself.
  • OS/2 Warp Input offers a standard interface for OS/2 PC entertainment programmers who want to utilize a joystick with their products. OS/2 Warp Input also eliminates the joystick response "flicker" effect seen in many DOS games running under OS/2.
  • OS/2 Warp Multiplayer Networking allows developers to write code that permits multiple players to play together and allows additional players to join the game in progress. The host computer will ensure that the visiting player's client is immediately updated with the game's status. Plus, all clients are informed of the presence of the new player across the network.
Additional ISV support

Developers can access the OS/2 Warp gaming page at (http://www.austin.ibm.com/os2games) to receive tools, information and DevCon updates. Developers also can use the home page to provide feedback and sign up for free membership in DAP, which provides technical support and assistance to developers working with OS/2.

The OS/2 Warp Entertainment Toolkit is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 1996. The entire Toolkit will be available on DevCon and pieces of it will be available on the OS/2 Warp games home page.

To assist OS/2 developers, IBM also sponsors Solution Partnership Centers located in San Mateo, Calif. and Waltham, Mass. ISVs using the centers have access to PC hardware and interaction with other software developers, and receive technical support throughout the development process in a lab environment.

Solution developer support of OS/2 Warp is growing. In 1995, 70 software developers have announced development plans for more than 200 new native OS/2 Warp applications on both Intel and PowerPC platforms, in addition to the existing 2,500 OS/2 applications currently on the market. Nearly 3 million copies of OS/2 Warp have been sold since it was launched.

IBM news releases are available on the Internet, via the IBM Home Page at http://www.ibm.com

The IBM Fax Information Service allows you to receive facsimiles of prior IBM product press releases. Dial 1-800-IBM-4FAX and enter "99" at the voice menu.

* Indicates trademark or registered trademark of the IBM Corp.

IBM Pioneers Groupware For Developers

Cutting-edge object repository and software configuration management services couple to deliver an industry first

SAN JOSE, CA, October 10, 1995 ... Application development teams are getting connected through a powerful new tool from IBM, TeamConnection*. Combining the industry's most robust object repository and advanced software configuration management services, TeamConnection provides a LAN-based client/server development environment that allows teams to collaborate during each step of the development cycle.

TeamConnection provides an unprecedented range of capabilities, including software configuration, version control, and problem tracking, to manage team development through the entire application development life cycle. From business modeling and application design through building, deploying and maintaining an application, developers can share data, objects, and code in a collaborative work environment.

Ciba-Geigy Ltd., a biological and chemical company with 80,000 employees worldwide, is among a number of companies that have evaluated TeamConnection. "TeamConnection will bring a whole new dimension to our application development efforts," said Patrick Deville, new technologies consultant, Ciba-Geigy Limited. "It provides our LAN-based development team with the robust management and library functions that we expect from our mainframe systems. We are able to eliminate many manual steps through the managed team development environment provided by TeamConnection, increasing our developer productivity and maximizing the quality of our applications."

TeamConnection is built on Object Design, Inc.'s ObjectStore** object-oriented database, which allows the TeamConnection repository to store, with high performance, both coarse and fine-grained objects, such as data elements and logic records. ObjectStore supports the information model through which various development tools can share data and work together to rapidly build and improve applications.

"TeamConnection creates a collaborative development environment on the LAN," said Tim Negris, vice president, sales and marketing, IBM Software Solutions. "It allows teams to store development objects in the repository on the server and access and use that information on their client workstations. The ability to share and reuse development objects significantly boosts productivity and software quality."

Mr. Negris added that IBM plans to aggressively seek participation from independent software vendors (ISVs). "With open object interfaces, TeamConnection is an ideal repository for storing other vendors' tool data," he said.

According to Judith Hurwitz, president and CEO of Hurwitz Consulting Group Inc., TeamConnection represents an important component in effective team software development. "Choosing a visual development environment is only half of the solution," said Hurwitz. "You need a deployment strategy for client/server." TeamConnection server and client functions are available on OS/2*. Server functions will be extended to AIX* and other UNIX** platforms, and Windows NT**. Client support will be extended to AIX and other UNIX platforms, and the Windows** family. In addition, build support is provided for OS/2 and MVS*, and will be extended to include AIX and other UNIX platforms, VSE*, OS/400*, and the Windows family.

A number of cross-platform application development tools from IBM are integrated with TeamConnection, including: VisualGen* V2.0, a client/server visual application generation tool; VisualAge for C++*, an award-winning visual development environment for C++; VisualSet for OS/2 COBOL*, a visual, object-oriented desktop version of COBOL; and PL/I for OS/2*, a desktop PL/I-based development environment that features a graphical user interface builder. IBM plans to further enhance the integration of tools to TeamConnection as new releases of current offerings and new tools become available.

TeamConnection's set of open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) supports the integration of non-IBM tools into the team development environment, allowing customers to leverage their existing investments. Today's announcement includes a new ISV program to aggressively jump-start TeamConnection integration.

Independent Software Vendor Program

TeamConnection can provide a set of services to ISV tools, which will extend tool capabilities in areas that are key to managing the application development life cycle. The first of many vendors with leadership technology expected to incorporate TeamConnection services is Compagnie Generale d'Informatique (CGI), a worldwide provider of application development software and services. CGI has integrated PACBASE/CS**, its life-cycle development environment, with TeamConnection to take advantage of advanced software configuration management functions.

Vendors interested in extending the value of their tools through integration with TeamConnection can participate in IBM's vendor enablement program. This program provides integration assistance to qualified tool vendors.

TeamConnection's Advanced Features

  • Configuration management support to help identify, organize, manage and control access to development data. In addition, team members are notified of changes to development data and alerted when action on their part is required;
  • Version control features, which minimize storage requirements and preserve application versions at critical points in the development process so that programmers can make modifications while working with a functioning version of their code;
  • Integrated build functionality lets teams split development into multiple parallel tasks, increasing efficiency. Developers can create applications on one server and have machine-specific versions automatically built for other processor types across a LAN, dramatically increasing their productivity;
  • Packaging and distribution support handles electronic application distribution across LANs via file server technology such as IBM's NetView Distribution Manager/2*;
  • Problem tracking and change control support manages the process of changing development data, keeping track of what changed, who changed it and why it was changed -- and associates defects and features with appropriate changes;
  • Reporting facility provides the ability to query data and project status;
  • A backup and recovery facility handles archival storage, and;
  • Information model provides the integrating platform through which development tools share data.

TeamConnection for OS/2 Pricing and Availability

TeamConnection for OS/2 is priced at $1999 per user and is available October 24, 1995. For additional information on TeamConnection for OS/2 or the vendor enablement program, please call 1-800-IBM-3333.

For information via the Internet, users can access the IBM software page at http://www.software.ibm.com. Then, search on "go TeamConnection." IBM's home page can be found at http://www.ibm.com.

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VisualAge For COBOL For OS/2 Extends COBOL To Your OS/2 Workstation

IBM VisualAge for COBOL for OS/2 revitalizes your COBOL applications by extending COBOL to your OS/2 workstation

In addition to bringing COBOL to your OS/2 desktop, IBM VisualAge for COBOL for OS/2:

  • Offers object-oriented language extensions.
  • Extends COBOL to a client/server environment.
  • Increases programmer productivity.
  • Saves you time and money by taking advantage of the current skill base in your organization and preserving your current data.
  • Increases ease-of-use with a variety of development tools.

IBM VisualAge for COBOL for OS/2 is a cost-effective solution that offers the following enhancements to COBOL.

  • Object-Oriented Language Extensions:
    • Allow COBOL programmers to create objects in a language they already know, eliminating a long learning curve.
    • Offer 32-bit implementation.
    • Provide direct-to-SOM implementation.
  • Client/Server Enablers:
    • Run COBOL programs on your OS/2 desktop, while your data remains on the host.
    • Easily access remote data from DB2, CICS, VSAM/SAM MVS files, and OS/400 Record Files.
    • Work with MQSeries for OS/2 using MQSeries Three Tier for OS/2.
    • Comply with ISO and ANSI COBOL standards.
  • Improved Productivity and Ease-of-Use:
    • Easily take advantage of these COBOL enhancements with the help of a rich set of tools.
IBM VisualAge for COBOL for OS/2 is slated to become available in early November.

Mr. Ed Now Available

Mr.Ed is a multi-window 32-bit shareware text editor for OS/2 PM. Mr.Ed's functionality is designed to be suitable for any text editing job.

In addition, Mr.Ed provides several features that support writing source code. Mr.Ed also takes advantage of OS/2 specialities: Drag'n'Drop (files, fonts, colors), EAs (cursor position, bookmarks), multiple threads, and clipboard data exchange.

Furthermore, Mr.Ed is not based on the standard MLE control element, so there is no loss of performance when editing large files.

Features:

  • configurable Syntax-Highlighting
  • configurable third-party Online-Help
  • configurable context menu
  • unlimited number of edit windows
  • "Window Monitor"
  • pipe-operator support
  • configuration via commandline
  • cursor is set to his former editing position when a file is opened
  • Drag & Drop support
  • easy to use macro recorder
  • list of C/C++ functions defined in a source file
  • jumps to free defineable brackets
  • persistant bookmarks
  • line sorting
  • free defineable keyboard shortcuts
  • various word functions
  • configurable print function
  • word wrap function
  • automatic recognition of unix-format files
  • configurable toolbar
  • and much more...

Mr.Ed is shareware, but fully functional and not "crippled" in any way.

The archive can be downloaded from the following sites:

  • hobbes.cdrom.com (currently in incoming, proposed directory: /pub/os2/editors)
  • ftp-os2.nmsu.edu (currently in incoming, proposed directory: /pub/os2/editors)
Filename: mred103e.zip (English version), mred103g.zip (German version)

Freeware OS/2 Class Library 1.11 Now Available

The new release 1.11 of our freeware OS/2 Class Library (OCL) for OS/2 VIO and OS/2 PM is now available via CIS (GO OS2INSIDE) and ftp (Hobbes and ftp.leo.org).

Don't panic! These are really good news for C++ programmers using IBM C-Set++ 2.x, VisualAge C++ 3.0, Borland C++ 2.0, Metaware HighC/C++ 3.3x, Watcom C++ 10.x and - guess it - gcc/emx 2.7.0!

Yes - the port for gcc/emx is done and working. Thanx to Ralph Paul who did the job.

There is another major step foreward in OCL 1.11: The notebook bug - annoying since the first release - has been fixed.

The class OProcStat for complete system reports is now available for all supported compilers when developing for OS/2 Warp. The library now uses the new 32bit-API DosQuerySysState. So no thunking is required and OProcStat can be used with Borland, Metaware and gcc/emx as well.

The reference book has been updated, but it's far from complete. We're working on this topic.

Hi, gcc-users - give it a try! Please report everything, success or problems, to the mail address printed in the OCL Reference Book.

You need the following archives:

  • OCLINST.ZIP - Installation and Maintenance Utility Pack
  • OCL111.ZIP - OCL 1.11 Release Pack

Users of OCL 1.10 can use the Installation and Maintenance Tools shipped with this release.

Letters

Appreciations!

Kalin Wilson (kwilson@mnsinc.com) writes:

Just wanted to send along my appreciation for your great product! I have been reading your magazine for several months now and have managed to catch up on many of the back issues. I have really learned a lot. I think I get more out of EDM/2 than OS/2 Developer or any other programming mag I get. Your web page is a big bonus. I have been archiving all the issues not on my Hobbes CDROM but it's nice to know I can get any issue from the web site.

You're on my hotlist!

EDM/2 (Carsten) Responds:

That's the same way I felt about EDM/2 when I first started reading it. I hope we can continue to provide this kind of service to OS/2 programmers everywhere, and if you should ever want to contribute an article or a column, you know where to reach us.

Thank you!

Niall Kavanagh (niall@peersa.iii.net) writes:

Just a quick note to say Thank you! Armed with EDM/2- Intro. to PM programming and _Real World Programming for OS/2_ I have successfully completed my first PM application! Keep up the great work!

EDM/2 (Carsten) Responds:

That is also one of my favorite books. There are other great ones, though. Be sure to check the book review column from time to time. So, can we see your program? <grin>