PROGRESS SOFTWARE ANNOUNCES OPEN SOURCE AVAILABILITY OF ITS APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT Thursday 14 December 2000 PDF Print Leading 4GL development tools now open to partners on WWW.POSSENET.ORG Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) a leading supplier of technology for building E-Business solutions, has announced plans to release the source code of its Application Development Environment (ADE) under an open source licensing model. Through the Progress Open Source Software Exchange (POSSE), the company and its development community will collaborate to enhance, extend, and create more powerful tools for building e-business applications. Developers who are interested in participating in POSSE will be able to register at www.possenet.org starting December 18, 2000. Before December 18, they can register at http://register.possenet.org Approximately 2000 Progress Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) have built more than 5000 applications using the Progress 4GL, which are deployed at more than 100,000 customer sites around the world. POSSE will provide this community with the opportunity to influence the strategic direction of the development environment they use to build business applications. Participants will be able to add functionality, obtain immediate access to subject experts, trouble-shoot and submit patches, and promote their own expertise in a forum of their peers. "Progress Software has always respected our development community as a valued extension of our company," said Joseph Alsop, Progress Software CEO. "POSSE and the open source model will leverage the knowledge and cumulative expertise to further enhance our ADE and act as a catalyst to broaden the community." Tools available to POSSE community Progress Software will make the source code available for all of its Version 9.1B 4GL-based application development tools, including: * AppBuilder, which supports development of GUI (Graphical User Interface), * WebSpeed Workshop for development of internet transaction processing applications, * SmartObjects, an advanced object-oriented programming environment (patent announced in July of this year) http://www.progress.com/releases/070700.htm * Internet Component Framework (ICF), which supports complex component-based business logic, * Data Dictionary, which allows the creation and maintenance of database definitions, * TranMan (translation manager), which facilitates the translation of applications into other languages, and * Results, an end-user reporting tool. These application development tools are also commercially available in the Progress ProVision Plus product. The company will continue to distribute the ProVision Plus toolset commercially under warranty and with full technical support. POSSE adopts Mozilla Public License Collabnet, the leader in hosting collaborative open source development initiatives, is hosting Possenet.org. Progress Software will make the source code of its ADE available under an open source license based on the Mozilla Public License 1.1, which is recognised by the open source community as practical and compliant with the Open Source Definition. Progress Software chose the MozPL 1.1 as the base for its open source- licensing model because it best meets the needs of all of its constituencies. About Progress Software Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is a global supplier of software products and services for developing, deploying and managing business applications moving to the internet. Products include messaging servers, application servers, databases, application development and management tools. More than 2000 application service providers (ASPs) and independent software vendors (ISVs) supply over $5 billion worth of Progress®-based applications and related services, each year. Customers in over 10,000 organisations across 100 countries worldwide, including 60% of Fortune 100 companies rely on Progress products. For more information, visit http://www.progress.com Progress, WebSpeed, ProVision, SmartObjects and AppServer are registered trademarks or trademarks of Progress Software Corporation in the United States and other countries. Any other trademarks and/or service marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners. For further information please contact: Karen Hiscock, marketing manager, Progress Software - UK T: 44 (0)1753 216300 F: 44 (0)1753 216301 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Press enquiries to: Salli Roskilly, Saffron Communications. T: 44 (0)1763 208708 F: 44 (0)1763 208813 E: email@example.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Saffron Communications (Hertfordshire) in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.