The Servoy Way: What's New?By Frank Ohlhorst | 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.