New .NET tool teaches old Picks new tricks
Making applications based on the old Pick Systems
platform available as Web services via Microsoft .NET is the goal of a new
product under development at Raining Data
Corp., an Irvine,
Calif.-based business software vendor.
Company officials said PickDP.NET will support Microsoft Whidbey, the
XML-enhanced version of Visual Studio .NET development tools scheduled for
release in the later half of 2004.
Raining Data, formed in 2000 out of the merger of Pick Systems and Omnis
Technology Corp., is concentrating on moving from legacy to what the company
refers to as ''Web-centric business software.'' The company's Pick Data Provider
for the Microsoft .NET Framework is already integrated with Visual Studio .NET
Mario Barrenechea, senior vice president, sales and marketing at Raining
Data, noted in the announcement that in the IBM UniVerse, IBM UniData and Pick
D3(superscript) legacy markets there are companies with ''hundreds of 'black-box'
applications that have limited access to new technologies.' The PickDP .NET tool
allows developers to integrate applications and data into Web services
applications 'without compromising the integrity of their legacy applications,''
The current Pick Data Provider integration with VB .NET 2003 is making it
more economical to re-develop IBM UniVerse database applications in the Web
services model, according to Ron McPherson, president of New England Computer
Solutions, Peabody, Mass. He noted that his company experienced a 60% to 70%
reduction in code in the re-development of a UniVerse-based manufacturing job
control application that was moved to the Microsoft .NET Framework using the
Pick Data Provider.
Rich Seeley is Web Editor for Campus Technology.