new applications. Alternatively, consider
how easy it is to find a local IT guy who
can create an Access database with full
form control in only a few days!
Now, WaveMaker provides a strong
Linux contender, properly positioned to
battle for the interest of the business
user. WaveMaker clearly targets a user
audience with quick Web application
development with a minimal learning
curve. The product is available in both a
community edition and an enhanced beta
version poised for more commercial situations ( wavemaker.com/downloads).
From a marketing perspective, WaveMaker
is a robust tool for rapid application
development of Web-based applications.
You can peruse the WaveMaker site
( www.wavemaker.com) for complete
details of its promotional position.
From a small-business viewpoint,
WaveMaker meets the needs and
requirements for rapid application
development, ease of use and the
ability to work across multiple platforms—including Linux.
The two editions of WaveMaker
appear separated by the need to
integrate with mainline applications.
WaveMaker’s community edition is limited to single-instance use, while the full
edition enables unlimited users and
interaction with commercial databases
like Oracle, IBM DB2 or Microsoft SQL
Server. Conversely, the community
version supports the use of MySQL,
PostgreSQL or HSQLDB. These two
alternatives give small business users
enough options for unique operating
WaveMaker seems well suited to compete for Linux business-user interest.
A tough sell, most business owners
need a real-life example before they
consider open-source systems. Thus,
this article intends to demonstrate
how WaveMaker could migrate a
legacy database from the proprietary
software world into the community
edition of WaveMaker. This simple
test is only a baseline, but it depicts
WaveMaker’s potential. In short, I
show how WaveMaker can measure
up to the tall demands of the business
world and also re-affirm Linux as a
viable choice for daily operations.
The example test here includes a
sample business database originally
developed with AlphaSoftware. The
parameters of this test limit the environment to a small local Web application
with only one table. It also demonstrates
data export in a common format (
comma-separated or Excel) file and MySQL data
import. Plus, MySQL becomes the platform
for the new application development.