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Progress Software ships a toolset for building applications that can process orders, perform database transactions, and handle electronic commerce on the Web.

Mike Ricciuti Staff writer, CNET News
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Progress Software today shipped a toolset for building applications that can process orders, perform database transactions, and handle electronic commerce on the Web.

WebSpeed 1.0 consists of two products. The first, WebSpeed Workshop, is a development toolset based on the company's fourth-generation language toolset, that Progress says has been tailored for building transaction-oriented Web objects. The second component is the WebSpeed Transaction Server, a server-based application which processes Web objects, performs database transactions, and merges data into HTML pages.

Progress, along with Microsoft, Oracle, and other companies, is attempting to get an early lead in the market for tools that can help companies build order processing and other crucial business systems on the Web. While most current Web applications involve static pages that publish data, Progress is gearing up for the next wave of Web applications that will be rugged enough to replace current corporate transaction processing applications used to process orders and check inventory, for instance.

These new Web applications, built using Java and ActiveX components, will greatly reduce the cost of deploying and maintaining corporate applications, analysts said, because all users need to get access to them is a Web browser. All code changes are made in a central location.

To ensure transaction security in WebSpeed applications, Progress has signed a deal with Security Dynamics to link WebSpeed to the company's security software.

WebSpeed Workshop is priced at $499 and runs on Windows 95 and Windows NT. WebSpeed Transaction Server is priced from $22,500 and runs on Windows NT, Solaris, and AIX operating systems.