The RAD paradigm becomes more, not less, important as we move from two-to three-tier development. Scott Hebner, IBM Software
A SAMPLING OF RAD TOOLS
C++ BUILDER -- C++ Based RAD
100 Borland Way
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Borland C++Builder 1.0 -- A C++ based RAD tool and 32-bit Windows development
environment for creating Windows 95 and Windows NT applications.
PLATFORMS: Windows 95, Windows NT
PRICING: Borland C++Builder Client/Server Suite is $1,999. C++Builder Professional
is $799. Borland C++Builder Standard is $99.95.
DELPHI 3 -- Proprietary RAD
Delphi 3 Client/Server Suite: One of the early successes in the RAD world,
Delphi has recently received a new facelift . The language remains proprietary,
but the envronment comes bundled with a ton of prebuilt object-oriented code
and Borland's Midas 3-tiered development environment. Delphi supports ActiveX
controls and the building Web-deployable apps.
PLATFORMS: Windows95, NT
PRICING: $1,995; Professional, $299; Standard, $99 1.3
BORLAND JBUILDER -- Java Based RAD
JBuilder Professional 1.0 and JBuilder Standard 1.0: Java-based visual development
tool that supports 100% pure JavaBeans creation and ActiveX use as well as the
JDBC, ODBC, and direct connect database access. Includes a library of JavaBeans
components and supports the creation of new JavaBeans.
PLATFORMS: Windows 95 & NT 4.0/Intel Platforms
PRICING: $299.95 and $99.95, respectively. 1.4
FORTE -- Proprietary RAD
1800 Harrison St.
Oakland, CA 94612
Forte Software, markets a series of products for developing, deploying and managing
production applications in distributed environments, including client/server,
multi-tier, and the Internet.
PRICING: $75,000 starter kit (first 5 developers, 10 runtime users) $4,000 -
$6,000 per additional developer license $225 -$750 per additional concurrent
run-time user $15,000 runtime server per 50 users.
PLATFORMS: Windows 95, Macintosh, Motif, NT, Digital Open VMS (VAX and Alpha),
>Alpha/Digital UNIX, Data General AViiON, IBM/AIX, Sequent/DYNIX, >Sun/Solaris,
SunOS, HP/UX, NT (Intel, Digital Alpha).
IBM VISUAL AGE FOR C++ -- C++ Based RAD
Visual Age for C++ for Windows: A C++ based RAD tool that uses a construction-from-parts
approach that makes object relationships visible for those working in programming
teams. Ships with a robust library of web-enabling parts.
PLATFORMS: Supports development of OS/2, Windows 95, Windows NT, AIX/Motif and
Solaris/Motif. IBM's Open Class Library, which comprises the foundation classes
for VisualAge, is already available on those platforms. It will also be available
on OS/400 and MVS and HP/UX in the future. Development can be done on any of
these platforms and ported to any other.
IBM VISUAL AGE FOR JAVA -- Java based RAD
1133 Westchester Avenue
White Plains, NY 10604
Phone: 800-IBM-3333 or 520-574-4600
IBM Visual Age for Java & VisualAge for Java Enterprise 1.0 are Java-based RAD
tools that use a construction-from-parts approach that makes object relationships
visible to those working in a programming team. Supports JavaBeans, JDBC and
DB2 access and CICS transaction systems. The visual builder can be used to assemble
Java Applets and JavaBeans components from parts shown on on a visual builder
palette. Included source control system allows programmers to keep track of
PLATFORMS: Versions available for Intel, AS/400, SPARC, PowerPC, HP/9000; Windows
95/NT, Solaris, AIX, HP/UX and OS/2 platforms.
PRICING: $449 for Windows 95/NT version: $1,995 for Enterprise Version
MICROSOFT VB 5.0 -- Basic-based RAD
Visual Basic 5.0 is the best selling RAD tool by far. VB 5.0 adds a compiler
to the the mix, thus speeding up executables and eliminating one of the largest
shortcomings of all the previous versions.
PLATFORMS: Windows 95, Windows NT, Alpha processor version of Enterprise Edition
PRICING: $99, Learning Edition; $499, Professional Edition; $1,199, Enterprise
MICROSOFT VISUAL J++ -- Java Based RAD
Microsoft Visual J++ Professional 1.1 is an Integrated Development Environment
(IDE) with little RAD thrown in. Visual J++ straddles the Java and ActiveX worlds.
Tuned to work well with ActiveX components. Can be used to wrap ActiveX components
within a Java interface.
PLATFORMS: Windows 95, Windows NT
PRICING: $99. Also shipped as part of Microsoft's Visual Studio, which also
includes Microsoft C++ Visual Basic and Foxpro products.
SYBASE POWERSOFT POWER ++ -- C++ Based RAD
6475 Christie Ave.
Emeryville, CA 94608
Phone: 800-8-SYBASE or 510-922-3555
Power++ 2.0 & Powersoft Power++ 2.0 Enterprise Edition: Formerly Optima++, Power++
was the first C++ based RAD tool.
PLATFORMS: Windows 95 and Windows NT PRICING: $199 to $1,999 (for Power++ Enterprise
POWERSITE -- WEB-based RAD
PowerSite Enterprise 1.0 is a RAD environment for building, managing, and deploying
enterprise Web applications. A key component of the company's PowerStudio suite
of open development tools for enterprise business applications. Designed to
allow developers to quickly and easily create thin-client business applications
using standard Web technologies such as HTML, Dynamic HTML, scripting languages
and components including JavaBeans and Active X. Companies can then deploy these
applications on the World Wide Web via leading Web application servers, including
the newly released Powersoft PowerDynamo 2.0(tm), Sybase's application server
for ultra-thin, database-driven Web applications over intranets, extranets and
the Internet, as well as Microsoft IIS Active Server Pages and Netscape LiveWire.
PowerSite's Component Manager features include: component re-use, version control
(check-in/check-out), rollback recovery, and assignment of roles and levels
of authorization through its integrated security management system. PowerSite
can import or "slurp" existing sites into the Component Manager, empowering
management control and allowing easy improvement and re-use of existing applications.
PLATFORMS: Windows 95 and NT
PRICING: $2,995 per developer seat
POWERJ -- Java based RAD
PowerJ Enterprise 2.0 is a Java RAD tool that straddles the world of ActiveX
and Java. Targetted at developers who are working on distributed enterprise
applications. Provides support for both Common Object Request Broker Architecture
(CORBA) technology and the Sybaset Jaguar CTS component transaction server.
Resulting components can be packaged as JavaBeans component or CORBA-compliant
object for easy deployment on the middle tier. Using the multi-component architecture
of Jaguar CTS (included with PowerJ), application can simultaneously execute
servlets built with ActiveX, Java/JavaBeans, and C/C++ native objects. PowerJ
also lets you develop, debug, and deploy Web server applications with open support
for the Microsoft Internet Server API (ISAPI), Netscape Server API (NSAPI),
and Common Gateway Interface CGI). PLATFORMS: Hosted on Windows 95 or NT 4.0.
POWERBUILDER 6.0 -- Basic-based RAD
PowerBuilder 6.0 is the grandaddy of all today's RAD tools, PowerBuilder used
Basic as a scripting language log before Microsoft's more popular Visual basic
arrived on the scene. Powerbuilder offers it's own RAD object architecture,
but it also supports building applications using Microsoft's ActiveX components.
PowerBuilder 6 also lets you output object code in C++ format. PowerBuilder
Enterprise 6.0 adds new features for creating Web applications, key advancements
in distributed development capabilities for creating multi-tier applications.
Sybase bundles the Learning Edition of Riverton's HOW component-based application
modeling tool with PowerBuilder Enterprise 6.0. HOW's graphical approach to
component modeling and assembly, combined with its Distributed Business Component
Framework (DBF), dramatically shortens the learning curve developers typically
confront during this transition.
PLATFORMS: Windows 95, Windows NT, HP/UX and IBM AIX, Sun Solaris, and the MacOS
PRICING: $2,995 for PowerBuilder Enterprise. Desktop and Professional versions
are $299 and $1,295 respectively.
SUN JAVA STUDIO -- Java based RAD
SunSoft/Sun Microsystems, Inc.
901 San Antonio Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
800-JAVASOFT or 512-434-1591
Java Studio 1.02. Can you build applications without any programming whatsoever?
That's what Java Studio aims to do. Comes with a set of over 50 business components,
including charting, graphing, database access, forms and spreadsheet support.
It also lets you import and export JavaBeans components from anywhere on the
Web. You build your applications by assembing preexising objects. No programming
or scripting support is provided. If you need this feature (in order to write
your own custom module) you need to fall back to another tool. Sun recommends
Java WorkShop for this role.
PLATFORMS: Sun Solaris, Windows 95, and Windows NT operating environments. applications
created with Java Studio can run on any computer running a Java Virtual Machine
PRICING: $99. Also bundled alog with Sun's Java WorkShop 2.0 IDE at a introductory
price of $189.