Comdex 2001: C++ tool speeds Web applications
Software startup Rivar Technologies has launched a tool that
allows developers to embed C++ code into their Web pages in order
to speed up the performance of users' applications.
Most Web pages are written using HTML and handle the interaction
between visitors and databases with languages such as Perl, Java
or Microsoft's Active Server Pages (ASP). While those languages
work, they rely on an additional layer of software to generate
forms, process transactions or authenticate users.
Rivar's Code:Neo lets developers write C++ code alongside their
HTML and then compile the program into binary objects that are
executed directly by servers when a user requests information,
said Rivar chief executive and co-founder Gene Savar.
The programs perform much faster than traditional Web applications
because they interact directly with servers, said Savar, who claimed
that the improvements would be at "least tenfold".
"You get the power of C++ in the middle of a Web page. This
goes back to allowing very powerful programming for the Internet,"
Code:Neo has two components - a development tool and an application
server - and is available now at $999 (£700) per server.
Rivar said it is offering the software for free evaluation, although
a message on the company's Web site on 15 November said Code:Neo
was not yet available.
One developer at Comdex was impressed by the software's ability
to combine HTML and C++ in a single environment, but noted that
Code:Neo will be competing against products from Microsoft and
"A huge number of developers use Microsoft ASP," said
Riley Major, a developer at Manna Freight Systems, who added that
Code:Neo would also compete against Microsoft's forthcoming ASP.Net
tool and Macromedia's ColdFusion Web server.
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