The Servoy Way: What Is Servoy?

By Frank Ohlhorst  |  Print this article Print

For those tired of maintaining separate code bases for Web and desktop applications, Servoy offers a way to consolidate those code bases and cut development time in half.

There is a way to create and deploy applications that don't suffer from the disadvantages seen by both Web and traditional applications, and that is to use Servoy. Servoy is a cross-platform application development tool and deployment environment. The product consists of a GUI designer that creates event-driven code and runs generated code scripts through JavaScript. Servoy allows applications to be executed in two ways—via a native smart client/rich client application or via a pure html Web client. What's important here is that developers are able to use the same code base for desktop applications and browser-based applications. Servoy has been around for a few years and has had visible success in displacing other development environments.

The product can be categorized as an RAD (Rapid Application Development) tool that works with a zero-deployment environment. Developers can use Servoy to build front ends to databases without having to write any SQL code, even when combining data from multiple sources.

Servoy applications can be deployed on all popular operating systems, including Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Solaris and other Unix systems. Applications developed with Servoy can access data from all popular SQL back ends such as Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, IBM Informix, Sybase, OpenBase, MySQL, PostgreSQL and Firebird, and combine data from different databases into a single user interface.

The Servoy suite of products consists of Servoy Developer, which is used to build applications; Servoy Application Server, which takes care of the communication to the clients; and Servoy Smart Client, which runs on the end user's device.

Servoy Server includes Servoy Headless client, a feature that provides developers with the option to deploy their solutions through a browser along with a rich Java client. The Servoy Headless Client runs on the server and communicates through JSP (JavaServer Pages) with the desktop PC or mobile device such as a PDA or cellular phone using HTML. Servoy also offers a Runtime version that allows the creation of stand-alone Servoy applications.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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