The BASIS Advantage
1st Quarter 2002 (Volume 6, Number 1)

This issue of the Advantage provides an in-depth look at BBj 2.0 - the enhanced version of BASIS' Business BASIC language that runs on Java. Readers will discover what they can expect from BBj 2.0, including a look at Journaled Files and Transaction Tracking; why more programmers are considering skinning their applications; the BBj integrated development environment (BBjIDE), which is built on NetBeans; and performance enhancements in general. We also present two companies, RLA and Heilind Electronics, whose businesses run on BASIS products.

BBj 2.0 Powerful New Features, Free Upgrades for SAM Customers
by Kevin King

FEATURES

RLA CHOOSES BASIS FOR CUSTOMER CONNECTIVITY NEEDS
by Elizabeth Barnett
In pursuit of a Business BASIC that would provide a long-term development path, RLA selected BASIS. Read how RLA's conversion to Visual PRO/5 not only enabled RLA to upgrade its application, but also to increase Customer satisfaction.

HEILIND ELECTRONICS BETS ON BBj AND ITS THIN CLIENT CAPABILITY
by Elizabeth Barnett
Heilind Electronics has been using BASIS Pro/5 to manage its accounting, inventory and invoicing since 1993. Learn how the company recently selected BBj for its Thin Client as a means to provide access to the remote sales force and thereby increase its sales.

VIRTUALLY ALL BUSINESSES WILL HAVE VIRTUAL EMPLOYEES
by Kevin King
As a result of technological advances, economic volatility, and global uncertainty throughout the business community, many organizations are turning to virtual offices. In this article, BASIS Vice President of Engineering Kevin King explores the concept of virtual offices, and how BASIS facilitates virtual solutions.

IMPLEMENTING JOURNALED FILES AND TRANSACTION TRACKING IN BBj 2.0
by John Schroeder and Chris Hardekopf
The Journaled FileSystem in BBj 2.0 allows you to safeguard data and preserve its integrity, and the Transaction Tracking feature allows for sets of operations to be treated as a single transaction. This article details these features along with an example of a simple invoice update.

BBj 2.0: MORE THAT ONE WAY TO SKIN AN APP
by Nick Decker
Learn why many developers are using the process of skinning in their applications' designs.

BUILT ON NETBEANS, BBjIDE OFFERS EXICTING NEW FUNCTIONALITY
by Mike Phelps
BBj 2.0's new Integrated Development Environment (BBjIDE) is built on top of the Java-based NetBeans environment. Read about the features and functionality that the BBjIDE offers.

PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENTS IN BBj 2.0
by Jeff Ash, Jim Douglas, and Kshanti Greene
BBj 2.0 builds upon the strengths of 1.0, improving the performance of the GUIBuilder, Print Preview and BBj's SQL engine. This article describes these performance enhancements in detail.

ROUTE DATA TO ORACLE & MORE WITH PLUG-INS
by David Wallwork
In response to a request from one of our Customers, BASIS incorporated a FileSystem Plug-in Interface into BBj 2.0. Learn why this is such a powerful tool and how it delivers extensibility to a legacy application.

NEWS

OPENBASIC MKEYED CONVERSION HELP
BASIS has purchased a set of utility programs that make the conversion from OpenBASIC applications to BBx much easier.

BASIS WELCOMES BACK APPS/SERVICE DIRECTORY
Back by popular demand, BASIS will resume publishing its directory (in HTML) of applications and developers that utilize BASIS products.

FREE BBj TB&W'S...COMING YOUR WAY
Learn about the variety of Technical Briefings and Workshops (TB&Ws) that BASIS conducts throughout the year and in various locations to communicate the features and functionality of BBj.

COLUMNS

ROAD SCHOLAR JOURNALS
In this column, BASIS Chief Technical Officer, John Schroeder, talks about his European Tour and his travels to New York, Atlanta and Phoenix to begin a series of Technical Briefings and Workshops for BASIS Customers.

European Tour And BBj TB & W's
by John Schroeder

WHAT'S BREWING WITH JAVA
BBj Encompasses Enhancements Of JRE1.4
by Greg Grisham
Here we track and analyze developments in the world of Java, which is the foundation of BBj. In this column, BASIS Technical Product Manager Greg Grisham highlights the benefits of Sun's new Java Runtime Environment 1.4.

TECH RESOURCE ZONE
New Year Brings Changes To BASIS Tech Support
by Janet Sheldon
BASIS has recently implemented an Interactive Voice Response system (IVR) to meet the increasing demand for technical support. This article explains the menu for the new IVR automated system and how your SAM plan increases the number of available technical support incidents at your disposal.


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