The New PL/B Web Server
Sunbelt Computer Systems, the leader in PL/B language products, is pleased to announce our latest software solution,
the PL/B Web Server. This new server builds upon our highly successful thin client product, PL/B Application Server,
by incorporating a true web server. Once installed, clients can safely and securely access PL/B programs using any
device that supports a standard web browser, including iPhone, iPad and Android phones and devices. With the addition
of the PL/B Web Server, your investment in applications and the PL/B programming language is extended to a whole new audience.
Since 1980, Sunbelt has an excellent history of evolution with the PL/B language. Our first products allowed a language
developed for mid-sized computers to be used on personal computers. As personal computers and operating systems matured,
client server configurations became prevalent and Sunbelt was there to enhance the language as needed. Operating systems
next began supporting graphical user interfaces and Sunbelt once again answered the call by providing the tools necessary
to create graphical, event-driven applications. The industry then moved to thin client networking. This configuration
stores all data and programs on the server and clients connect using a standard network protocol. While the client is
only charged with handling the user interface, the server performs the heavy computational and IO requirements of the programs.
And now Sunbelt embarks on a new level of transparency in the client server technology. Rather that using a proprietary
client, a myriad of devices can now access the server and execute programs with no special software. These devices only
need to support a web browser. No other language can boast support of programs developed during the past forty years
with the ability to use the latest web devices.
Thin client computing has some real advantages, as already demonstrated by our PL/B Application Server. A primary benefit
is that all the data and programs are kept in a datacenter that is managed, safe, and secure. No data is stored on the client.
This results in fewer points of failure and less susceptibility to theft, viruses, and malware. Deployment of PL/B Web Server
applications is simple with no configuration or software installation required on the client.
As the development of this exciting new product continues, Sunbelt will be enhancing the server to support even more
graphical objects than initially implemented. To allow developers to begin transitioning applications, we are releasing the
server now and extending our normal included support period. All products purchased before March, 2015 will have the maintenance
extended to end on April 1, 2016.
Initially, the server supports Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera. A web application under development
will support IOS, Android, Windows RT 8, and Fire operating systems. While many of your existing GUI screens will display on
these devices, you will want to make some adjustments for different size screens or touch access. Also, the set of objects
supported will be a subset of the standard Windows controls. No real knowledge of web programming is required to use the
PL/B Web Server but we do provide extensions to the PL/B language that allow the implementation of custom HTML5 pages,
Server attempts to provide the same object features as a PLBWIN runtime. However, like any other OS environment, there are
going to be differences either in the look or behavior of the objects. The PL/B Web Server is using industry standard
technologies to minimize any differences that may occur. In addition, some objects will have extensions to allow custom
Web application features. The PL/B Web Server will be available for the same Windows, Linux and various Unix systems that
we currently support with PL/B Serve.
Beyond the server, Sunbelt also provides the tools you will need to develop web applications. The Designer has been enhanced
to allow creation of the new PL/B Web Forms (PWF) that are similar to existing PLF forms. The Designer also has the capability
of saving a PLF form as a PWF form. Program development, compilation, debugging, and execution are all done in the same manner
to which our customers are accustomed.
Orders are now being taken and Prices start at $200.00 for a two connection system that is perfect for development.
Demo copies are also available.
For more information, please call Sunbelt at 903-881-0400 or email email@example.com.
About Sunbelt Computer Systems, Inc.
Sunbelt Computer Systems is the leading supplier of PL/B language products. The company is dedicated to maintaining and
improving the language as a general purpose business programming language. Founded in 1980 and headquartered in Tyler, Texas,
Sunbelt provides PL/B language solutions to customers throughout the world.