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Unique features of Progress 4GL allow developers to maximise collaborative
open source development environment

Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), a leading supplier of
technology for building e-business
solutions, has released the source code of the Progress Application
Development Environment (ADE) under an
open licensing model. Believed to be the first major vendor to take such a
step, the open source site, has gone live offering collaborative access to the
latest release, Version 9.1, of its
Application Development Environment (ADE) source code. CollabNet, a
leading provider of collaborative software
development platforms and services based on open source tools and
principles, is providing its SourceCast
environment as the infrastructure for the site.

Developers can register on the site and then access a host of different
features. Most significantly,
developers can download the Progress ADE, which includes tools necessary
to build e-business applications.
Developers can deploy this ADE source code for any current e-business
applications they are working on or sign
up to participate in the development of specifications for future releases
of the ADE.

"The powerful and flexible Progress 4GL is unique among fourth generation
languages in that it is actually
used to implement our application development tools, such as WebSpeed
Workshop, AppBuilder, and the ICF
(Internet Component Framework.) Progress developers are already experts in
the language used to build their
development environment, and are fully empowered to take advantage of a
collaborative open source support
environment such as that offered by CollabNet," said Pete Sliwkowski, vice
president, Progress Products. "We
believe that Progress Software, our development community and end users
will reap the benefits of, as it allows Progress developers to participate fully in
developments, enhancements,
customisations and modifications of their ADE, and share ‘best practices’
of application development with each

Tools available to Progress Open Source Software Exchange (POSSE)

Progress Software is making the source code available for its Version 9.1B
4GL-based application development
tools, including:

- AppBuilder, which supports development of GUI (Graphical User

- WebSpeed Workshop for development of Internet transaction processing

- SmartObjects, components of the ADM, an advanced object-oriented
programming framework (patent announced in
July of this year)

- Internet Component Framework (ICF), which supports complex
component-based business logic,

- Data Dictionary, which allows the creation and maintenance of database

- 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.
Progress Software will continue to distribute the ProVision Plus toolset
commercially under warranty and with
full technical support. is managed by CollabNet, which provides its SourceCast
platform for developers around the world
to easily collaborate on the source code. SourceCast is an
integrated Web-based environment that
offers simple, powerful and intuitive access to management tools
including: code versioning, source code
browsing, automatic change notification, mailing lists, issue-tracking and
Web administration.
provides the 4GL source code, the definition of 4GL-based file formats,
and the definition of
language-independent application programming interfaces (APIs). In
addition, establishes the
necessary facilities to make all of the source code available
under the Possenet Public License

"The unique working relationship that Progress Software enjoys with its
development community conveniently
pre-disposes this move to the open source model," said James Barry, vice
president product and strategy,
CollabNet. "It has been very easy to move this interaction between
Progress Software and its developers onto
our SourceCast platform. The environment allows developers to
use an open source approach and
collaborate on building the next generation of e-business applications."

Progress developers and ISVs have expressed enthusiasm about the POSSE
initiative. "We believe the POSSE
initiative will result in an explosion in the capabilities of the Progress
toolset," said Tim Townsend, senior
product research engineer at NxTrend Technology, Inc. "It’s an exciting
time to be a Progress ISV."

"POSSE will open the door for Progress developers to have the perfect
development toolset at their
fingertips," said Dan Mauro, a Sr. systems analyst in the Pueblo, Colorado
County Government. "It will be as
if Progress has increased its development staff ten fold."

How to Join POSSE

Participants can sign up by visiting

About CollabNet

CollabNet provides companies with tools and services for collaborative
software development by combining open
source community expertise with business excellence. CollabNet's offerings
include: a developer marketplace, a
collaborative development platform with lifecycle management capabilities
and consulting services to
facilitate software development across a worldwide community. CollabNet is
currently working with customers
ranging from Application Service Providers (ASPs) to Internet firms,
hardware and software providers to
companies from industries such as finance and healthcare. Brian
Behlendorf, co-founder of the Apache Software
Foundation, founded CollabNet in July 1999. For more information, see

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

Progress, ProVision, WebSpeed and SmartObjects are trademarks or
registered trademarks of Progress Software
Corporation. Any other trademarks and/or servicemarks contained herein are
the property of their respective

For further information please contact

Claire Weanie,

Progress Software -UK

T: 44 (0)1753 216300

F: 44 (0)1753 216301.

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Salli Roskilly,

Saffron Communications.

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