Real Software is adding the ability to migrate Windows applications to Linux in an upgrade of the company's Realbasic tool.
Version 5.5 of Realbasic includes a conversion utility which can migrate Visual Basic applications to Linux and is used for building cross-platform software.
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In addition to migrating to Linux, developers can build Linux desktop and server applications in release 5.5. Windows and Macintosh application development is supported
"We've been cross-compiling for a number of years but this is the first version that supports Linux," said Geoff Perlman, president and chief executive officer of Real Software.
"Linux is the fastest growing OS out there, and I know that a lot of Windows users are interested in Linux," Perlman said.
Also new in Version 5.5 is access to web services through Soap and XML.
Realbasic 5.5 supports Linux on x86 Intel platforms running Rex Hat Linux or SuSE Linux. Other Linux distributions with the Gnome Toolkit 2.0 and Cups (Common Unix Printing System) libraries installed also should work, said Real Software.
Remote debugging is included in Version 5.5 to enable Linux applications to be tested or debugged from either Windows or Mac.
The product also features an improved single-user database and can be integrated with Microsoft Office to enable development of applications that can control office.
Version 5.5 also adds connectivity to Oracle9i databases for access to records and databases.
The Realbasic 5.5 Professional Edition, required for cross-platform software deployment, starts at $399.95. It includes database server connectivity and team development capabilities.
Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld