Written by Oscar Gustafsson
Last month's editor updates
There were four editors which got updated last month. Starting with MrEd which now reaches version 1.19. New features include skeleton files, section display in toolbar and search for files in multiple directories. MrEd has a homepage at http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/matthias_pfersdorff/, where the latest version can be found together with more information.
Next editor is Kon, which since last mentioned in this column has added features such as a configurable toolbar and Warp 4 notebooks. The current version is 1.06. Kon also has a homepage, located at http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Pines/1827/.
The third editor is really two, the Enhanced E and the Enhanced EE editors. New features in the 0.17 version, are importing of files and extended drag and drop. There is also a 0.18 version announced for June 1st which will include an integrated code template tool. The homepage of the makers of Enhanced E and EE, PillarSoft, are located at http://www.geocities.com/siliconvalley/3512/psoft.html.
Finally, the beta 2 of Editor+ version 1.01 is now available. The new features include toolbar, new hotkeys and a plug-in interface. Editor+ does also have a homepage, http://www.datacomm.ch/~cbratschi/ is the location.
New VisualAge tools
IBM are releasing new versions of the following VisualAge tools:
Unify Corporation are releasing their VISION with VISION/Web for OS/2. VISION/Web is an advanced client/server development environment to generate Java code without any Java programming. Clients for OS/2 will be available following the availability of Netscape Communicator 4. For more information about VISION with VISION/Web go to http://www.unify.com/.
MaxBase is a database suite written in NetREXX, which compiles into Java so it is highly platform independent. Included are a single DB library to extend when writing own programs, a GUI version, a client/server version (2 clients in standard edition, unlimited in extended edition), and an applet for presenting the databases on the net. More information about MaxBase can be found at http://www.bmtmicro.com/catalog/mb-web/.
For xBase programmers there are two new alternatives. First we have Xbase++, a native compiler for OS/2 from Alaska Software. It is 100% Clipper compatible and should by that enable developers to just recompile the source code to get a 32-bit OS/2 application. It's been used in German speaking countries for around 1.5 years, so it's only new on the international market. More information at http://afaonline.com/alaska/index.htm.
Secondly we have Base32 from Maxxum Consulting, which generates dual threaded executables, can call C/C++ DLL's and includes extensions to use eg Yes/No PM boxes. More information can be found at Maxxum's homepage, http://www.maxxum.co.nz/.
Delphi VCL upgrade for Virtual Pascal
fPrint are offering a free upgrade to let Virtual Pascal build applications for OS/2 written using Delphi under Windows. Since they are using Open32 and found it too slow and unstable, they have suspended further development of the Delphi compatibility, but they wanted to make it available in case someone could find a use for it. If you have Virtual Pascal for OS/2 and Delphi version 2, go on and fetch it.
Kit for Web graphics
Modular Dreams Incorporated has released their MD+F Web Animation Kit which is a tool aimed at people running a Web site. Features include GIF animations, pattern generation and image map creation (client and server side). Information with screen shots are available at http://www.modulardreams.com/.
Dial-up for LANs
An updated version of Internet Gate for OS/2 has been released. Version 1.10 adds automatic dial-up for LANs, DNS proxy and IRC proxy. Internet Gate is a multiple proxyand gateway server that allows a LAN to be connected to the internet with a dial-up connection. Further information at http://www.execpc.com/~marco/.
This is what I collected for this months column. Not much non-development stuff, but I guess it will grow as time goes on. If you have anything you think will be appropiate to put in next months column send a mail to: email@example.com.