LINC co-developer Peter Hoskins, who has been out of the IT industry for most of the decade, has been in discussions with Unisys to help promote a new Java-enabled version of LINC which runs on NT. The LINC 4GL development enviroment is one of New Zealand's highest profile software exports with thousands of sites worldwide.
The new product, Ice LINC, was used by Unisys in its recent Land Transport Safety Authority project, says Unisys's Pat Duggan.
Duggan confirms that Hoskins will be involved in a planned promotion in Australia of Ice LINC, which shapes up as a potential competitor to JADE, developed by Hoskins former partner, Gil Simpson, of Aoraki. Hoskins and Simpson parted company in 1990. Hoskins became a property developer.
Simpson had sold LINC to Unisys and contracted back the development of the product but Unisys later began transferring development to its own software centre in Sydney. The relationship between Aoraki and Unisys has since been strained.