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English Optimizing Records per Block (RPB) - Progress® V9 Databases on Windows® Servers

smartDBcheck optimizes records per block (RPB) for tables and indexes in Progress® V9 databases on Windows® machines. It scans record sizes, number of records etc. per table, computes the 'best RPB', and suggests a suitable storage area. It offers scripts to create new storage areas and extents having the 'right RBP', if necessary. Table and index moves can be previewed and scheduled by date. smartDBcheck calculates the amount of data to move per date, using a daily limit to ensure the moves fit the maintenance window, and creates executable scripts. RBP can be optimized by minium, maximum or average record length. RBP optimizing goals are declared per database as default setting, and can be set in persistent table properties as well.

English smart Data Pump - Generic Output for Progress ADM2 Smart Data Objects

The Smart Data Pump is an add-on for the Progress® ADM2 framework. Feed it with the handle of any smart data object and it produces user defined reports in various output formats. The plug-in process is painless for developers: download and unzip the source code, add a CTRL-O trigger to your browser class, run the install procedure, compile your application, done. The Smart Data Pump analyzes the smart data object at runtime, extracts all data definitions, asks the user for optional low and high values per attribute and sends the selected data to Excel®, a web browser, or creates a CSV file (XML or PDF output and other formats can be added with ease). The user can define stored reports by saving the current selection including field orders and suppressed attributes in the application database.


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English PEG Collection of Progress Tools and Utilities

Several members of the Progress EMail Group generously contributed great tools to this collection of Progress® utilities. Free downloads.

English PSDN - Progress Software Developers Network's Code Share

The Progress Software Developers Network™ (PSDN) is a set of online and offline services designed to help developers write best-of-breed business applications using Progress® products and technologies. In the Code Share section you'll find tons of code snippets up to complete solutions for various use cases well sorted in many categories, e.g. .NET sample code, Fathom jobs and library components, Progress 4GL programs, ADM2 smart objects, internet solutions with XML and WebSpeed's SpeedScript, reporting, database maintenance ...

English The 4GL Download Area

A huge list of Progress® 4GL tools and utilities, ActiveX components, print engines and more neat stuff from the Progress® developers' wish list.

English The Dynamic WebClient® Platform

The Progress® WebClient® product is a major addition to the Progress® Software Corporation product line. WebClient® enables the development of true 'thin client' applications to be distributed, deployed and maintained over networks without ever doing any work on the client machine. The automatic deployment and update mechanism supports and implements the Application Service Provider (ASP) model where end users 'rent' applications on a pay-as-you-go basis and are automatically ensured of running the latest version of the application.
When organizations started deploying their WebClient® applications over the internet significant performance bottlenecks became apparent. While the applications do have acceptable performance over Local Area Networks and Intranets, traditional Progress® development environments prove to be too slow for delivery over the public internet, often still accessed by users through dial-up modems. When faced with the task of providing thousands of dial-up users access to central databases over the internet, Netsetup quickly recognized that an entirely new architecture was required to achieve this goal.
Extensive measurements revealed that traditional Progress® architectures suffer from three major bottlenecks when faced with internet deployment: too many AppServer calls, excessive data exchange, and large r-code deployment to the client.
The Dynamic WebClient® Architecture is based on the union of a single 'Business Logic' object on the server and a single 'User Interface' object on the client. Together, these two objects are capable of delivering full-blown Windows applications to the end user with sub-second response times over dial-up internet connections.
The use of bandwidth is typically much lower than a comparable HTML-based web application. A single user interaction results in just a single AppServer call, even if that interaction returns a screen full of browser and viewer data. Due to the stateless architecture a single application server can support thousands of concurrent users.
As a matter of fact, with the Dynamic WebClient® Architecture you do not have to wait for UMTS frequencies to become available to provide wireless access to your Progress® applications; a standard GPRS connection is sufficient to run DWA applications on your laptop. Even a 9.600 baud GSM connection can be used to access DWA applications from anywhere in the world. This claim leaves the major industry players out in the cold.
A development team led by internationally renowned Progress specialist Peter van Dam was instituted to develop a new WebClient® architecture for the internet.
The answer was found in the combination of a completely 'dynamic' approach, highly compressed intelligent data transfer, sophisticated caching techniques, and the use of a central repository to store application definitions.
Stateless AppServers ensure virtually unlimited scalability. The result is an internet deployment architecture for Windows applications with unparalleled performance: the Dynamic WebClient® Architecture.
The Dynamic WebClient® Platform is the development environment for applications based on the Dynamic WebClient® Architecture. This environment enables developers to rapidly (re)develop Progress® based Windows applications for deployment over the internet.
Using the Dynamic WebClient® Platform does not mean that the existing applications are to be completely rewritten. Often it is sufficient to redevelop specific key parts of the front-end, leaving the rest of the application intact.

English FreeFrameWork Tool-Kit for Progress WebSpeed®

FreeFrameWork is a tool-kit of sorts, which includes lots of goodies that you can use with your WebSpeed project. It contains extra workshop tools, robustness and security features, and many of the individual application components and development tools which are also available for download on FreeFrameWork.org, e.g. PDFinclude, smtpMail and more.

English Progress® HTML Data Dictionary

HTMLdictionary is Rich Uchytil's DB schema presentation that is basically a reproduction of the data dictionary report you get from the database administration screen. Same data, but in a nice format and extended usefully: A link next to each field takes you to a page showing you every table that has that field name in it.

English IntelXPort - The Progress® Data Exchange Solution

IntelXPort™ is a feature-rich non-intrusive administrative toolset for Progress®-based solutions for data replication, data synchronization, data integration, data auditing, data alerts and transaction control, more details here.

English KSV Editor: A useful Modification of the Progress® Procedure Editor 9.1/10.0 for Win32

KSV Editor is a modification of the standard Progress Procedure Editor™ coming with the Progress development environment. It has a lot of useful features which facilitate programming on Progress 4GL. It allows writing programs both for GUI and CHUI modes as well as for earlier versions of Progress.

English PL Explorer

Maurits van Rijnen's PL Explorer is a tool for easy viewing and adding/updating/deleting files within your Progress® PLs. It works without prolib and should maintain your procedure libraries even faster than prolib.

English Pro Dump & Load

A database reorganization can improve performance, eliminate fragmentation and reduce the size of the database ... and it can take a lot of time. BravePoint's ProD&L helps you get your time back by reducing the downtime required for a database reorganization to less than a few hours — regardless of the size of your database.

English Prolint - Automated Source Code Review of Progress® 4GL Code

Prolint is an open source tool for automated source code review of Progress 4GL code. It reads one or more sourcefiles and examines it for bad programming practices or violations against coding standards. Prolint does not change or rewrite source code, it is no beauty.p. Prolint works with a customizable library of rules. A rule is a specific test that Prolint can perform on source code. Every rule has a 'severity-level' ranging from 0 to 9 (0=informational, 9=severe violation). One can easily customize the severity levels to company preferences. One can also switch rules on/off and save these settings in any number of profiles.

English Tools for Progress®

IAP GmbH from Hamburg, Germany, has developed three outstanding tools for Progress®:
PCase is a CASE-tool which allows to insert and view the design of a structure from a relational database graphically using an entity relationship diagramm (ERD). With this easy to use tool Progress® databases can be generated and updated directly. The structure of an existing Progress® database can be read and shown as an ERD. Besides you can generate standard triggers and maintain database versions.
Visual Printing and Enhanced Reports with VIPER. Graphical printing under Progress® becomes possible (and comfortable). VIPER works like an Progress® 4GL enhancement which gives you the ability, to use Windows printer drivers for printing. The core of VIPER consists of an dll (viper32.dll). This file is wrapped by a Progress® procedure file (viper.p) which makes the functionality available in your apps.
XCheck (eXtended Checker) is a tool to analyze logfiles and to observe your system. This tool is usable on Windows (NT/2000/XP) and UNIX (AIX/LINUX) platforms. The status of Progress® databases, WebSpeed® brokers and webservers can be checked. It can verify that your Progress® nameserver is up and running. The free space in operating system directories or in Progress® databases can be controlled. The user/admin can be notified by e-mail or http.

English XenCraft's Unicode Collation for Progress

The XenCraft Unicode Collation for Progress (XenPUC) is a shared library that allows Progress to use a language-based collation instead of a binary collation. The collation is for use by Progress applications and database indexes using Unicode.

English White Star Software Downloads

Each of these free tools comes with a document explaining the principles and how to use them:
·  dbreport - A great tool with two purposes:
1. Reviewing the DB schema more quickly and easily than any other tool we've seen
2. Changing views and retrieving data in a dynamic browser for any table.
·  v9schema
A superb tool for analyzing and converting your V8 (or existing V9) DB into V9 areas. For either version, it helps generate both the multi-volume structure with distinct record-per-block settings if desired. It also helps analyze current tables and will generate a DF for with tables in designated areas. A graphical-only tool to read the DB analysis output and allow you to create an well-tuned V9 DB structure.
·  perfmon
A terrific tool to help you analyze where your code is slow. It is based on the Progress performance analyzer tool, but goes beyond this tool to give you more granularity in understanding where the problems lie and why.
·  debugger
A personal debugger which you can use whether you have character or GUI. It allows you to insert your own code (of course, you're finding someone else's bugs) and do a large variety of things that aren't possible with the Progress debugger.
·  vst dashboard
A starting point for building your own VST "dashboard"; this tool includes several useful metrics, and enough clear, documented code to help you monitor your system and build your own.

English WizTOM for PROGRESS

WizTOM for PROGRESS is a highly efficient technology for localizing Progress applications. You can use it to add languages to your application to reach global markets, to expand your base of users in your local market, or to customize applications for individual clients. If you struggle with maintaining homebrew localization tools and processes, or have projects that have outgrown Progress Translation Manager, WizTom can relieve you of unwieldy localization processess and bring you to a modern and supported methodology.

English XenCraft's Word Parser for Progress Software® Users

The XenCraft Word Parser for Progress (XenWORD) is a shared library that parses text into words using the Progress word rules table, the same rules used for database word indexes. This gives developers and users the ability to review how the text is being parsed, to confirm the correct rules are being used or to experiment with new rules. The library can also be used more generally for text parsing and manipulation.

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