NEURON DATA LAUNCHES ELEMENTS ENVIRONMENT 2.0
FOR INTERNET & ENTERPRISE COMPUTING
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | ND-34
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., February 27, 1996 -- Neuron Data today announced Elements Environment 2.0 (Elements 2.0), the industry's first environment for interoperable objects and intranet/internet application development. Elements 2.0's open architecture enables corporations to assemble new and pre-existing desktop, Web and enterprise application components into business-critical distributed applications.
"Neuron Data has emerged as the industry's leading vendor with the first development solution that enables the assembly and integration of desktop, Web and enterprise components into business-critical applications," said Patrick Perez, chairman and CEO of Neuron Data. "And interoperable objects is the key.
"With more than ten years of experience in object technology, Neuron Data has led the industry in two segments-portable rule-based systems and portable graphical user interface systems," continued Perez. "We've leveraged this experience to deliver the first interoperability solution that automatically allows different objects (C++, Web, OLE, CORBA, Java, etc.) to work together in an extended enterprise."
Elements 2.0 is a component-based, object-oriented product that enables the development of flexible applications that respond rapidly to business changes. Elements 2.0 consists of InterOperable Objects Element (IOE), Web Element (WE), Distributed Messaging Element (DME), Data Access Element (DAE), Open Interface Element (OIE) and Intelligent Rules Element (IRE).
"One of the last major hurdles toward mass acceptance of the Internet is proof of its value to the corporation, both as an information and distribution resource," said Mark Hanner, senior analyst of Application Development Strategies at META Group. "While a few Internet-based tools have emerged, they have a long way to go before they are accepted as viable business-critical development products. Neuron Data's Elements allows corporations to leverage both internal and external (via the Internet) development efforts making it the most exciting Web related announcement I've seen in months."
Assembling Interoperable Object Applications
Elements 2.0 takes an open, bi-directional approach toward object interoperability. First, it provides a set of Object Servers that allows different Neuron Data objects, such as GUI, business rules, data access and Web objects, to be accessed within Visual Basic, Java and C/C++ applications.
Second, Elements 2.0 integrates third-party object servers into applications via its OOScript language. Neuron Data's OOScript is an event-based, object-oriented programming language that combines the power and flexibility of a 3GL with the ease-of-use of a 4GL using a Visual Basic-like syntax. This allows programmers to seamlessly integrate and assemble Elements, OLE, CORBA and Web objects within the same application.
This "assembly approach," using new and pre-built components, establishes common business models within the development environment and results in high-quality applications that are far easier to change and modify than traditional applications built with proprietary software. The new Object Server architecture provides the high level of customizability, flexibility and control required for building real world business applications that are responsive to business change.
"Elements 2.0's greatest appeal is the fact that it is reusable, interoperable component software, which brings the company firmly into the desktop fold where it can leverage off Microsoft's OLE Broker program," said Steve McClure, director of object technology at International Data Corp. (IDC). "The various components or 'Elements' that Neuron Data offers deliver a significant boost to programmer productivity. Additionally, with its open and extensible architecture and Web development tool, Neuron Data is in an enviable position when competing in the high-end tool space."
Developing Intranet/Internet Applications
Announced on December 18, 1995, (Ref: Press Release ND-33) the Web Element enables developers to incorporate the vast resources of the World Wide Web into their business-critical applications. Businesses can now access the Web with a custom browser embedded into their applications. Web Element enables drag and drop integration of Web browsers directly into existing applications. Additionally, developers can customize their Web applications by utilizing a powerful Web Control and C/C++ API.
Second, the Web Element enables developers to create OOScript Applets. (Applets are powerful mini-programs written using OOScript, and downloaded to a Web client.) OOScript applets along with Object Servers provide real-time benefits to corporations by allowing development of "on-demand" client/server applications.
Dynamic Application Distribution
Elements 2.0's unique middleware component, with its
multi-point software routing agent technology enables
efficient and automatic message passing among partitioned
components of a distributed application. It simplifies
inter-process communications and allows rapid development
of multi-tier, distributed applications. Unlike other
middleware packages that allow static partitioning
of application code, applications built with Elements
2.0's Distributed Messaging Element can be partitioned,
dynamically configured and reconfigured across various
platforms, operating systems and network environments.
Pricing, Packaging and Availability
Neuron Data's Elements Environment 2.0 will initially be available on Solaris, HP UNIX, Windows NT and Windows 95. The Early Developers Release (EDR) will be available in March 1996 with the OLE Interoperable Object Driver. Support for CORBA and Java will follow in the next release. Fully internationalized versions of Elements 2.0 will also be available shortly thereafter. Language versions will include Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Unicode. Elements 2.0 will be available on a wide variety of platforms including Windows, Macintosh, IBM OS/2 and several UNIX systems, before the end of 1996. Elements 2.0 is available directly from Neuron Data. Elements Environment 2.0 pricing starts at $9,600.
About Neuron Data Elements
Elements 2.0 is the industry's first development environment for internet and enterprise computing based on interoperable objects. Designed for the professional developer, it contains all the capabilities necessary to develop completely portable, dynamic and distributed enterprise applications that leverage the Internet. Elements 2.0 enables programmers to seamlessly assemble Elements objects, C++ objects, OLE, CORBA and Web Objects in an open environment using popular languages such as Visual Basic, C and C++. Elements 2.0's GUI objects, business rules, data access, Web access and message routing middleware are completely open, automatically portable and work across multiple platforms, operating systems, database servers, network protocols and windowing environments.
Neuron Data, Inc.
Headquartered in Mountain View, California, Neuron Data is a global market leader component-based development software for building business-critical applications. The company's Elements product line is used by corporate developers, commercial software vendors and system integrators worldwide. Neuron Data reaches its customer base through 12 offices, including international offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt and Tokyo, and through distributors throughout the Pacific Rim, Europe and South America.
Copyright 1996 Neuron Data USA. All rights reserved. Elements Environment, InterOperable Objects Element, Web Element, Distributed Messaging Element, Object Server, OOScript, and Web Control are trademarks of Neuron Data, Inc.
Neuron Data, Inc.