Pervasive Software Inc is looking beyond traditional platforms for its new range of Pervasive.SQL 2000 database engines. The Austin, Texas-based company has developed versions of the software for smart card applications, embedded systems and mobile devices; as well as introducing the Tango 2000 visual web development environment. We see computers emerging that don’t look like […]
Pervasive Software Inc is looking beyond traditional platforms for its new range of Pervasive.SQL 2000 database engines. The Austin, Texas-based company has developed versions of the software for smart card applications, embedded systems and mobile devices; as well as introducing the Tango 2000 visual web development environment. We see computers emerging that don’t look like desktops today but which will proliferate both in the consumer and business market, CEO Ron Harris explained. He said that the increasing use of the mobile systems will mean that the business model for software developers will change – instead of selling to a few licensees at a high cost, companies will need to sell a lot of licenses because they won’t be able to charge as much for them.
Harris said that his company was ready for this change but said that others, including Microsoft Corp, were not ready for the new mobile world. Because of more platforms emerging in the market, Harris claimed, the value of the Windows API is actually diminishing. He said that Pervasive.SQL 2000 software would enable users to develop and deploy applications on platforms from the smart card to the server.
Pervasive SQL.2000 for smart cards is a less than 10k footprint engine that integrates with the Java Card environment. Asked why anyone why would require this kind of application for a smart card, Harris said that in the future, a single smart card may replace all the credit cards a person currently carries, as well as a driving license and medical cards – and will need to synchronize with a number of different databases. Pervasive recently announced a development partnership with major smart card manufacturer Schlumberger Ltd.
The version of Pervasive’s software for embedded systems is a sub-100k engine, which supports Wind River’s VX Works, QNX, emWare and Windows CE and the Palm operating systems. Pervasive envisages it being used in everything from palmtop computers to internet-enabled refrigerators. Harris said that the company was currently developing an EPOC version of the software for Symbian Plc devices. The larger 350K Mobile database engine has been devised to allow larger CE-based devices to synchronize with a corporate database; it also supports Sybase, Oracle and SQL server databases.
The most important new feature of the desktop client/server version of Pervasive software, according to Harris, is the inclusion of an Oracle API which means that developers can develop applications for the Pervasive platform and be sure that they will run on Oracle 8i and Lite databases. He also talked up the Tango web development environment, which Pervasive acquired when it bought Canadian firm, Everywhere Development last year. Tango 2000 supports ODBC, HTML and XML – the markup language that many analysts expect to become the data transport standard for web-based applications.