Powersoft previews first of its Web development tools

Powersoft has announced the pending release of NetImpact Studio, the first of its applications development tools for the World Wide Web and corporate intranets.

Powersoft has announced the pending release of NetImpact Studio, the first of its applications development tools for the World Wide Web and corporate intranets. NetImpact Studio will enable developers to design, test and build Web applications using Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), JavaScript, components and SQL or procedural application servers, the company says. It is scheduled for beta testing during the fourth quarter.

NetImpact Studio is aimed at the business applications development community and will feature a graphical toolset interface, database connectivity, script debugging and a component assembly environment, the company says. The package will also have an environment for testing applications before deploying them on the Web, including a test browser compatible with Navigator 3.0 and Internet Explorer 3.0.

"It's an excellent first attempt," says Evan Quinn, a research manager at International Data in Framingham, Massachusetts. "This is probably the first package I've seen where a Webmaster with a programming background can sit there in his cockpit and test applications without impacting the production environment. Powersoft has raised the bar here," Quinn says, adding that he expects competing software vendors to release products with similar testing facilities in the future.

Powersoft has also announced that it plans to integrate Open Market's OM-SecureLink technology into NetImpact Studio to enable development of secure Internet commerce applications that are compatibile with OM- Transact, Open Market's back-office infrastructure.

NetImpact will run on the Windows 95 and Windows NT operating systems. Pricing information was not immediately available.

Powersoft can be reached on the Web at http://www.powersoft.com.

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