Compuware laces Uniface with Web services

Compuware Corp. on Monday detailed a new version of its Uniface development environment. The Farmington Hills, Mich.-based company injected Uniface 8.3 with support for Web services, enhanced connectivity, and new interfaces for Windows XP.

Although the tools have supported XML for some time, the latest iteration adds support for other Web services standards, such as SOAP and UDDI, and follows WS-I (Web Services Interoperability Organization) guidelines in that support, according to Adrian Gosbell, product manager for Uniface at Compuware.

"This is the first release we can stand up and say that we support Web services to the WS-I standards," Gosbell said.

In Uniface 8.3, Compuware also bolstered the product's connectivity capabilities. In addition to the interoperability that Web services provides, the company added support for TAO (The Ace ORB), an open source CORBA ORB.

"Companies that want to choose CORBA don't have to buy a new ORB. They can use the open-source TAO," Gosbell said.

Also, the tool features integration enhancements to the Oracle and SQL server databases.

Compuware also added support for a Windows XP GUI via new hyperlink and grid widgets and added enhancements to COM interfaces.

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