The BASIS Advantage e-Zine
3rd and 4th Quarter 2001 (Volume 5, Number 3)

This issue focuses on ways our Customers are using software sockets to Web-enable PRO/5® and Visual PRO/5® applications. One article details how DISC created a socket application to present real-time inventory and invoice data over the Internet to distributors' Customers. Another article profiles Java Technologies of Mexico, which has also built a Web-enabled socket application, this one for the hospitality industry. And Chief Technical Officer John Schroeder gives an overview of other socket uses in the Tech Resource Zone. We present a preview of the advanced technology that will be available in BBj® 2.0 in early 2002. We also give news of the new offerings from BASIS: Web-based discussion forums, a GUI version of TAOS: The Developer's Workbench®, enhanced GUI grid tools and a special upgrade offer. In the Road Scholar Journals, John tells about the Open Systems Inc. conference and his visit to Heilind Electronics to teach a BBj class. Technical Product Manager Greg Grisham gives the performance results from a Customer's conversion to large files and explains the benefits of Sun's upcoming JRE 1.4 release.

FEATURES

A TECHNOLOGY PREVIEW OF BBj 2.0
by Kevin King
Journaled files, calling BBj® programs from Java applications and a dramatically enhanced IDE built on the NetBeans framework will all be part of BBj 2.0.

WITH SOCKETS, DISC BRIDGES INTERNET FOR DISTRIBUTORS
by Elizabeth Barnett
Distributor Information Systems Corporation has built a sophisticated socket application with PRO/5® that enables distributors' Customers to get inventory, invoice and order information over the Internet.

BBj SPARKS GUI HOTEL SOLUTIONS
by Elizabeth Barnett
BBj® was the impetus for application developer Java Technologies Inc. to build a GUI and Web-enabled hospitality package for the Mexican resort industry. The hosted application ties hotel reservations, accounting and point-of-service systems to a remote server using sockets and the Internet.

NEWS

BASIS Enhances GML TOOLS
We have released an improved version of the Grid Management Library that makes GUI application development much faster and easier.

BASIS TAKES DISCUSSION FORUMS TO THE WEB
You can now access discussions from the BASIS newsgroups and e-mail lists through our Web site with added functionality.

UPGRADE OR UPDATE FREE!
Until December 31, 2001, BASIS will upgrade or update licenses to the latest PRO/5® or Visual PRO/5® revision when you purchase a BASIS Software Asset Management Plan.

GUI TAOS
BASIS has given users of TAOS: The Developer's Workbench® the capability to run TAOS applications in a GUI environment.

COLUMNS

ROAD SCHOLAR JOURNALS
by John Schroeder and Greg Grisham
Here, we share Business BASIC intelligence gathered from around the world. In this issue, BASIS Chief Technical Officer John Schroeder gives us the highlights from the recent Open Systems Inc. conference, where OSAS announced that its next product revision will be Powered By BBjT. John also discusses a special BBj training class held on site at one of our Customer locations. And Technical Product Manager Greg Grisham gives us the performance results from retail grocer giant Tesco's system conversion to large files.

WHAT'S BREWING WITH JAVA
by Greg Grisham
BASIS Technical Product Manager Greg Grisham details the best of Sun Microsystems' upcoming Java Runtime Environment version 1.4, which is the foundation of our next revision of BBj®. Also, if you have been wondering about the effect on BBj of Microsoft's decision not to support an integrated Java Virtual Machine in its new XP platform, you'll find out the answer.

TECH RESOURCE ZONE
by John Schroeder
BASIS Chief Technical Officer John Schroeder elaborates on the socket capabilities of PRO/5® and Visual PRO/5®.

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