The Servoy Way: What's New?

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.

Version 3.5.5 of Servoy was released in February 2008 and built upon many of the features offered by the development environment. It proved to be a success by melding RAD with Web-based development, but to really make some noise in the Web development world, something more was needed, and that led to the development and release of Version 4, which for all intents and purposes is a brand-new product.

Version 4 changes the Servoy landscape completely, and all for the better. First off, Version 4 moves Servoy over to Eclipse, an open-source IDE (integrated development environment) that is now the world's most popular IDE. With Servoy operating as a plug-in to Eclipse, a new level of familiarity can be experienced by those who are new to Servoy but have used other Eclipse-based plug-ins. That should improve Servoy's chances at displacing other application development environments.

Of course, there is a lot more to Version 4 than Eclipse. For example, Servoy 4.0 now includes form inheritance, which allows developers to reuse forms and override methods rather than having to duplicate forms with similar functionality. Servoy also now supports Form Variables, which allow developers define variables in the context of a form, eliminating the need to use multiple application-wide "global" variables for simple form-based tasks. Another notable improvement comes from the inclusion of live client debugging for both smart client (client/server) and Web client (browser-based) solutions, which will speed debugging applications. The list of enhancements and improvements also includes new reporting tools, menu control options, autoupdating and support for managing development teams. Servoy Developer is priced at $895, while client licenses are priced at $349 per user (includes smart client, Web client and headless client). The Servoy 4.0 Application Server is free and is included with the client software.

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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