DAL to use ODBC 2.5 – UniPrise Systems’s Database Access Language 2.1 middleware – Company Business and Marketing

DAL to use ODBC 2.5 – UniPrise Systems’s Database Access Language 2.1 middleware – Company Business and Marketing – Brief Article

Clifford Colby

Data Access Language, the nomadic database middleware, is on track to receive

an update.

UniPrise Systems Inc. said it intends to ship Version 2.1 of Database Access

Language, or DAL, by the end of spring.

The client-server middleware lets Macs and Windows communicate with SQL

databases. The update to DAL will use Version 2.5 of the Open Database Connec-

tivity driver manager and sync the extension with the latest editions of sup-

ported SQL databases.

UniPrise also offers an Internet-connectivity package. Called I/DAL, the kit

includes EveryWare Development Corp.’s Tango Enterprise (see 10.27.97, Page 1)

and lets users hook up databases over the Web via DAL.

The DAL database extension originated with Network Innovations Corp., which

called the technology CL/1. In 1988, Apple acquired Network Innovations and

CL/1. Apple changed the extension’s name to DAL and in 1989 rolled out its

first DAL release, for MVS. In 1991, Apple folded DAL into System 7.

In January 1994, Apple licensed DAL to Independence Technologies Inc. Then,

BEA Systems Inc. acquired Independence Technologies and DAL in late 1995. In

turn, UniPrise acquired the extension in late 1996.

UniPrise Systems Inc. of Irvine, Calif., is at (714) 864-2000 or (800)

530-7499; fax (714) 864-2001; info@uniprise.com; http://www.uniprise.com.

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