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Web services enhanced for Mac developers

4D rolled out a version of its 4th Dimension RAD/RDBMS environment featuring enhancements for Web services, at the Macworld...

4D rolled out a version of its 4th Dimension RAD/RDBMS environment featuring enhancements for Web services, at the Macworld Conference & Expo this week.

The 2003 RAD/RDBMS environment features integrated support for Web services and application integration. This functionality enables different applications to reuse each other's data and functionality, according to 4D.

Integrated support for Web services specifications including Soap, WSDL and XML will also feature. Developer-friendly wizards build code necessary to call Web services, said the company. XML import/export and programmatic XML parsing is offered within 4th Dimension 2003.

The tool includes an integrated compiler, increased scalability, printing and reporting functions and enhanced programming capabilities such as a new method editor.

Also at Macworld, Edinburgh-based RunTime Revolution at Macworld previewed Revolution 2.0, a multiplatform development tool that features a Jaguar-friendly interface, spreadsheet fields and XML library for building and parsing XML documents. A Unicode/Asian language support, more comprehensive SQL database support and Perl-compatible regular expressions also features.

Revolution enables development of applications for OS X, classic Mac OS, Windows, Linux and popular Unix systems. Licence options are $995 (£618) for the Professional Edition, $299 (£186) for the Small Business Edition, a $99 Student/Teacher Edition, and a Free Edition that limits the size and complexity of code.

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