PROGRESS SOFTWARE’S OPEN SOURCE SITE, www.possenet.org, GOES LIVE ON COLLABNET’S PLATFORM Tuesday 2 January 2001 PDF Print 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 www.possenet.org, 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 www.possenet.org 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 possenet.org, 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 other." Tools available to Progress Open Source Software Exchange (POSSE) community 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 Interface), - WebSpeed Workshop for development of Internet transaction processing applications, - SmartObjects, components of the ADM, an advanced object-oriented programming framework (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. Progress Software will continue to distribute the ProVision Plus toolset commercially under warranty and with full technical support. Possenet.org is managed by CollabNet, which provides its SourceCast platform for developers around the world to easily collaborate on the possenet.org 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. Possenet.org provides the 4GL source code, the definition of 4GL-based file formats, and the definition of language-independent application programming interfaces (APIs). In addition, possenet.org establishes the necessary facilities to make all of the possenet.org source code available under the Possenet Public License 1.0. "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 possenet.org 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 http://www.possenet.org 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 http://www.collabnet.com 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, ProVision, WebSpeed and SmartObjects are trademarks or registered trademarks of Progress Software Corporation. 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