Application developers will be presented with a full slate of sessions tailored to their interests at UniForum '95, scheduled for Mar. 12-16 in Dallas, Texas. The following are key sessions in the track titled "Developing Applications for Open Systems":
"With the first generation, all you had to do is partition the application between the PC and the mainframe, or between the PC and the application server. Now you have to partition the application into three parts, so that's a bigger challenge." There are a lot of companies today providing tools for first-generation client/server solutions, and there are about half a dozen companies offering solutions in the second-generation space, Lycklama says. "One of the things this panel is going to address is, of those users using these advanced tools, what kind of experiences have they run into, what kind of problems have they encountered, what solution were they trying to build, and why did they look for these tools?"
Products from Cognos, Forte, Dynasty, Visix, and Seer will be examined. The one end-user panelist confirmed for the session is David Doucette, a project manager with Multitasking Systems, who is using Cognos tools.
Panel member Randall Howard, president of Mortice Kern Systems and a director of UniForum, will talk about the tools and utilities that UNIX developers are used to. "Between the APIs and the tools and utilities, that's a significant portion of what people need to be portable," Higbee says. A speaker from Digital Equipment Corp., Peter Lieberwirth, will address the X Window System components. "Digital has an X server and an X toolkit on the market," Higbee says. "He'll bring out the X aspects and Motif aspects to allow those applications to be both portable and interoperable, because an X server running on NT allows people to run applications that are running on UNIX but display them on their Windows workstations.
Finally, George Stevenson, from Beame & Whiteside Software will speak on an NFS product that provides NFS compatibility and utilities like a Telnet server that allow additional interoperability. "When you put all the panel members together, it presents a very comprehensive solution for UNIX developers to be productive on the Windows NT environment," Higbee says.
Those who will benefit most from the session include "anyone who's developing mission-critical applications, and developing applications where they need availability, robustness, integrity, and security-the kind of things you would put on a system that is running a business," Johnson says. "The technical person may get something out of it, but the focus will be more philosophy, design, and architecture."
Panel members will include Jeff Eppinger, director of project management with Transarc; Tony Storey, chief technology officer with IBM; Scott Silk, vice president of worldwide marketing for Unisys; Dave Carnese, chief scientist at Independent Technology; and Randy Snerik, a product development manager with AT&T.