4D, Inc. has a new plugin for 4D that allows 4D developers to interface with OCI compliant databases from Oracle. 4D is a database development environment, and OCI is a protocol offered by Oracle for interfacing with its enterprise-level databases. The bad news is that the current release of this plugin is for Windows-only, but 4D is committing to a Mac OS X implementation once Oracle completes its own rollout of 8i for Mac OS X. According to 4D:
4D, Inc. announced the immediate availability and shipment of 4D for OCI, a new 4D plug-in allowing 4D to communicate with ORACLE Servers using the comprehensive Oracle Call Interface or OCI. Using 4D for OCI, 4D applications can access both an ORACLE databaseis structure and data.
4D for OCI offers 4D developers the opportunity to apply the GUI-rich, multi-tasking 4D environment to the enterprised ORACLE server. This exact combination of technologies affords a unique and distinctive advantage for 4D developers who want to grow and integrate their applications with the enterprise.
By allowing a completely native access to ORACLE servers, 4D for OCI provides a development model where 4D and 4D Server can act as technically-savvy ORACLE clients. With client access to ORACLE servers, 4D applications can then choose to localize, distribute, or synchronize data between 4D and ORACLE servers. Dave Terry, Project Manager for Pacific Data Management Inc., a high-level consultancy specializing in client/server solutions using 4D and Oracle added,
With the use of 4D processes, 4D applications can even connect simultaneously to multiple ORACLE servers. Application elegance is further enhanced through the graphically-rich, flexible forms tools found in 4D, that turn raw ORACLE data into cohesive and intuitive information for users.
4D for OCI is currently available for Windows users. Following ORACLEis public announcement of OCI 8is future ability to run on Mac OS X, 4D, Inc. also committed to the development of a Mac OS X version of 4D for OCI. As always, 4D developers will benefit from flexible, cross-platform development possibilities.
You can find more information on 4D for OCI at 4Dis Web site.