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CodeCharge is out in a new Version 5 which is now using the new ribbon technology from Microsoft. First it is a normal web-editor which allows to create and preview webpages. But there are a lot of features which make it similar to Clarion or WinDev. It uses a data model as the source for generation complete web apps. There are Wizards which create complete sites (like a forum) and there are Controls (like Browse screens) even for one to many relationships.

The generated code can be in any of those languages:

  • ASP.NET (C#)
  • ASP
  • PHP
  • Java Servlets
  • JSP
  • ColdFusion
  • Perl

The result is stored in a destination directory, which will be copied on a webservers directory later on. Good point: the application has always two "data connectors" - one for development (on the local machine) and one for the running system. CodeCharge allows local tests this way but generates the "outside" connection when publishing.

There are also a lot of examples coming with the product. Of course the learning curve is not too low - but if there is only a bit of experience in web programming it is a very good tool to do the same thing as in Clarion: Create and sell applications, generated, bug-free and fast. And your customer can choose the language!

One word about the generators: There is not as much flexibility as there is in the Clarion template language. But there is information available about adapting the IDE and the Wizards. Did not test it yet, but looks good. Embeds can be used by hooking your own code on to events.

You can download a version for testing which works for 30 days - fair enough. Try it out, have fun,

Michael Dettmer (Clarion User)

Link to YesSoftware


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