Software AG extends access to Natural programs

Software AG on Tuesday is shipping Version 6 of its Natural 4GL development environment, enabling Windows developers to access Natural programs running on a Unix or mainframe system.

The company calls this feature Single-Point-of-Development. Using this function, programs developed in Windows can be modified directly on the server platform. This addresses versioning and synchronizing issues stemming from the need to save code separately on multiple platforms, according to Software AG.

Version 6, for Windows, Unix, and Linux platforms, also enables access to XML documents stored in the company's Tamino XML Server without the need for an XML-specific query language. For example, Natural DML (Data Manipulation Language) statements can be used to access Tamino.

Both the Single-Point-of-Development and XML document access capabilities are designed to boost the speed and convenience of using Natural in an "open systems environment," the company said.

Version 6, which is being announced at the XML Conference & Exposition 2003 event in Philadelphia, also supports XSL to enable easier design of Web sites and HTML pages, the company said.

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