Commercial version of open source Internet Component Framework includes full support, directly from Progress
SLOUGH — 4 January, 2002 — Progress Software has introduced Progress® DynamicsÔ, a fully-supported and
documented, commercial version of the Internet Component Framework (ICF), to assist the more rapid development
of business applications. The ICF is an open source development of POSSE (Progress Open Source Software
Exchange) first announced in April 2001.
Progress Dynamics for the OpenEdge™ e-business platform is an application development framework. It
accelerates application delivery by providing developers with a collection of standards-based, ready-to-use
business and service components which address all the essential attributes and facilities of e-business and
ASP (Application Service Provider) applications.
Simon West, strategic products manager of Progress Software UK, said: “About 85 per cent of applications are
made up of standard routines and concepts, so the more of these that we can make available out-of-the-box, the
more time developers will have to concentrate on business logic and customising applications. This delivers
market advantage without paying the price of lengthy development cycles.”
By adding Progress Dynamics to its price book, Progress is providing a fully supported and documented product.
Not all independent software vendors and developers want to invest in the skill levels required to take
advantage of the open source products available through POSSE.
Progress Dynamics offers standard, predefined solutions to the most common requirements of a business
application, such as security, menus, toolbars, and interface components. A set of managers to control the
application environment such as coordinating and managing the execution of a distributed application and all
of its components, including customisation and localisation are also included.
Personalised screen views for individual users.
The ready-built application objects and their properties are stored in a repository, rather than source
programs. This approach has the advantage of enabling the application to be dynamically generated at run time.
Simon West explains: “This feature opens the door for Progress developers to customise an application in terms
of screen features and layout according to individual user preference. You could have a 100 users each with
their own personalised screen views without any additional coding being required.”
“Our goal is to make application development more productive and cost-effective,” says Frank McIlroy, managing
director Progress UK, “reducing the time it takes to develop the application as well as its cost.”
Progress Dynamics is available now and priced at £1100 per user or is free for subscribers of PSDN – the
Progress Software Developers Network announced last month.
Progress Empowerment Centers (located in Rotterdam, Netherlands and Bedford, USA) have been introduced to
accelerate the adoption and assimilation of new Progress technologies and practices, such as Progress
Dynamics. The Centers are focused on customer development - advancing industry knowledge and generating
business opportunities. The first UK Progress partners to avail themselves of this facility and to use
Progress Dynamics are human resource and payroll specialists KCS and Proteus, a provider of supply chain and
financial accounting solutions.
The Progress Open Source Software Exchange (POSSE) allows the Progress Company and its development community
to work collaboratively to rapidly enhance and extend the Progress development platform for building
e-business applications. The Progress Application Development Environment is unique in that it is built with
the same Progress 4GL language used to build the more than 5,000 Progress-based applications. This commonality
enables the 2,000 Progress ISVs to further extend POSSE for competitive advantage, and is why over 1000
developers have already joined this open source initiative launched in December 2000. For more information,
About the Progress Company
The Progress Company is a global supplier of software technology and services for developing, deploying,
integrating and managing e-business solutions. The company provides a comprehensive suite of products that
includes application development tools, application servers, the leading e-business messaging server SonicMQ,
and the industry's most widely used, lowest-cost-of-ownership embedded database.
The Progress Company's partners include more than 2,000 independent software vendors (ISVs) and application
service providers (ASPs) who supply annually over $5 billion in Progress®-based applications and related
services. Over 40,000 organisations across more than 100 countries - including 70% of the Fortune 100 - rely
on Progress-based applications. The Progress Company, an operating company of Progress Software Corporation
(NASDAQ: PRGS), is headquartered in Bedford, Mass., and can be reached at 01753 or on the Web at
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