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HP BridgeWorks Version 3.0A

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    (September 2004)

Welcome to HP BridgeWorks, an automated component creation tool that produces ready-to-build, distributable components from your existing OpenVMS applications. By creating standard reusable components - JavaBeans, Enterprise JavaBeans, and COM objects - you extend the reach of your OpenVMS applications so that they can serve many web- and desktop-based clients.

HP BridgeWorks Version 3.0A introduces new features that enable and support enterprise-level distributed applications, and includes several important bug fixes. New features in Version 3.0A include:

  • Multi-developer support
  • Multi- and mixed-character set support
  • Enhanced support for ODS-5 disks
  • New installation procedures on OpenVMS and Windows

The previous release of HP BridgeWorks, Version 3.0, introduced the following new features:

  • Support for XA/DECdtm based two-phase commit transactions for EJB-based connections.
  • New communication layer, providing ICC-based, RPC-based, or no-transport options.
  • Client authentication against the OpenVMS-based SYSUAF.
  • All new data marshaling scheme for faster performance.
  • New runtime libraries and executables (reducing the number of generated files and shortening build times).
  • Improved scalability and load-balancing capabilities.

BridgeWorks provides a quick and reliable way to integrate OpenVMS applications on Alpha with the world of components and distributed objects. Using HP BridgeWorks, you can readily reuse your applications with some of the latest technologies, while maintaining the high availability of OpenVMS.

HP BridgeWorks can wrapper, or componentize, applications written in COBOL, Pascal, BASIC, C, Fortran, Ada, and any other 3GL language that supports the OpenVMS Calling Standard. Such applications must have routines that are externally callable. Implementation of a distributed application is dependent, in particular, on the ability to reuse application logic without having to substantially rewrite legacy code to remove unwanted embedded terminal I/O and other nonreusable code.

BridgeWorks’ wrapping ability extends to DCL procedures, ACMS applications, and aggregate datatypes (structures and arrays) for Java-based connections. Application wrapping includes the ability to autogenerate the componentized application definitions, including complex nested structures (ACMS only), by scanning standard compiler-generated STDL and analysis files.

HP BridgeWorks accelerates and simplifies the process of implementing distributed applications, by providing a robust and scalable integration solution, even for nonthreadsafe applications. Generated components easily integrate with third-party products, enabling you to build end-to-end solutions for the widest range of client platforms and the Internet.

HP BridgeWorks includes online help and start-to-finish tutorials for new users to build their first distributed applications.