The Power Of GUI At The Speed Of DOS
For DOS And LAN Environments
Application Development For The Professional Developer.
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CA-Clipper is a complete
application development system that can be customized to fit real-life operational
requirements. Its powerful, intuitive environment is the foundation for rapid delivery of
applications that precisely fit the business needs of professional developers.
Taking Xbase To The Max.
Developers of mission-critical or "line-of-business" applications place
greater demands on development systems. Dependability, security, integrity and performance
must all be lifted to new levels. As applications get more complex, development tools must
be able to manage this complexity. As they deal with larger data volumes and transaction
rates, systems must be able to handle the load. The technological foundation of the
language and database must meet the demands of complex systems, and development tools must
not only allow, but actively aid the developer in constructing a higher quality of
CA-Clipper applications can now support graphics mode.
Protecting Your Investment.
DOS is a key operating platform for many Xbase users, and for many users it is likely
to remain the standard. Even organizations that decide to migrate to GUI platforms will
need to operate in a mixed environment. DOS is a strategic, efficient operating system,
and CA-Clipper is the strategic Xbase development system of choice for DOS developers.
Today's professional developer faces a critical challenge: to rapidly deploy and
maintain applications in the midst of constant change. CA-Clipper arms developers with an
optimal balance of power, productivity and flexibility. The result is effective
applications built to adapt to inevitable change.
CA-Clipper consists of a robust programming language, efficient linkers, a flexible
preprocessor, a high-performance compiler, a source-level debugger, and superior
programming utilities. Together, these elements form a complete system for the development
and distribution of PC and LAN-based applications.
CA-Clipper Brings New Excitement To DOS Development.
The CA-Clipper® Workbench.
CA-Clipper features a Windows-based IDE (Integrated Development Environment). This IDE
fully supports the CA-Clipper language and provides an easy-to-use development environment
for the creation of CA-Clipper applications.
With CA-Clipper, you can debug DOS applications from within the
The CA-Clipper Workbench IDE will familiarize you with the CA-Visual Objects IDE,
thereby serving as a stepping stone in the move toward Windows development using CA-Visual
Objects. The CA-Clipper Workbench features:
DOS Development Under Windows--The Workbench allows you to work on CA-Clipper
applications and libraries in a GUI environment, while keeping the sources in external PRG
files. It provides the ability to browse the sources and edit them from within the IDE,
while continuing to let you use your favorite DOS or Windows editor.
Automatic Build And Make Facility--The Workbench has an automatic Build and Make
facility which processes the source code and creates dependency information. This
information is then used internally to build compile and link scripts. The compiler and
linker options for the programs are entered through GUI dialog boxes. They are also saved
for all future build and link operations. Errors from the compile and link cycle are
returned to the user through the error browser.
A Debugger--You can debug your application from within the IDE. When an
application is launched from the debugger, a DOS-box is opened where the application
executes. However, the debugger runs within the IDE and its GUI interface is used to debug
the application. Various debugging features, such as single stepping, stepping to cursor,
setting and deleting breakpoints, viewing the stack, viewing workareas, etc., are
supported. If you do not wish to debug under Windows, CLD, the CA-Clipper DOS debugger, is
still provided with the product for developers wishing to debug applications in DOS.
CA-Clipper features a Windows-based IDE.
Form And Menu Editors--The form editor lets you define character-based forms for
CA-Clipper applications. These forms can have checkboxes, listboxes, push buttons, etc. to
enable you to build better DOS applications. The Form Editor then generates code to
display the form using the GET system. The menu editor behaves similarly. These tools let
the CA-Clipper developer build the front-ends for their applications quickly.
CA-Clipper, in cooperation with D.F.L. Software, now provides graphics-mode support in
CA-Clipper applications with the VGA version of Light Lib Graphics. The incorporation of
graphics support allows DOS applications to have the look and feel of a GUI program. You
can display bitmaps, fonts and a host of elegant GUI objects including push buttons,
scroll bars, listboxes, etc. With the inclusion of these new GUI objects, your CA-Clipper
applications will be even more user-friendly than ever before.
Full Mouse Support.
CA-Clipper fully incorporates mouse support. For example, mouse support is now
integrated in the GET/READ system and the debugger, as well as the InKey( ) function for
event detection and handling.
We recognized the need for creating protected mode applications, so ExoSpace was
installed into CA-Clipper as an add-on linker, making it available to all CA-Clipper
developers. We have taken this a step further by integrating ExoSpace into the base
CA-Clipper product. Now you can create and run CA-Clipper DOS applications in either real
or protected mode.
Blinker, the highly rated linker from Blinkinc, has been integrated into CA-Clipper as
its real-mode linker. Using Blinker, you can create real-mode CA-Clipper applications
faster than ever before.
In addition to such popular objects as TBrowse and Get, CA-Clipper now includes new,
reusable user interface objects, such as check- boxes, listboxes, radio buttons, push
buttons, scroll bars, menu items and menu bars, etc.
With its high-performance, language extensions and open architecture,
CA-Clipper is the premier application development solution for programmers worldwide.
Get Class Enhancements.
The GET/READ system has been enhanced to make it aware of new forms and menu objects,
and now provides the ability to tie a message to each Get field. Other enhancements
- Mouse Support
- Accelerator Key Support
- Message/Status Bar
- TopBar Menu Integration
- New Gets: @GET CHECKBOX, @GET LISTBOX, @GET PUSHBUTTON, @GET TBROWSE, etc.
- New Get class functions, including Caption, Get:CapRow, Get:CapCol, Get:Message,
New TBrowse class functions include:
Upgrade of Microsoft C.
CA-Clipper has been upgraded to Microsoft C 8.0. This upgrade switches from alternate
to emulator floating-point support, enabling CA-Clipper to utilize a math coprocessor if
Note that with this new release, you still get all the functionality of CA-Clipper 5.2
(for example, command-line compiling and linking, DBU, etc.) so you can mix and match the
toolset as your needs require.
The new IDE not only provides a more powerful development environment for all users, it
makes CA-Clipper easier to learn for new users. It will productively continue your
CA-Clipper development while serving as a stepping stone in the move toward CA-Visual
Objects for future Windows development.
Planning For The Future.
CA-Clipper provides the perfect growth path to CA-Visual Objects. With CA-Clipper you
can create well-structured programs that move easily to the world of GUIs and full
object-orientation under CA-Visual Objects. Since CA-Clipper shares a common toolset with
the CA-Visual Objects IDE, we've provided a way for you to learn the new toolset while
productively continuing your CA-Clipper development, and then turn that knowledge into an
immediate gain when you move to Windows development projects with CA-Visual Objects.
By providing convenient and dependable ways of using third-party components, CA-Visual
Objects gives any developer a quick and easy way of building very powerful systems.
Combined with the visual development tools, CA-Visual Objects is an efficient and
productive tool that richly rewards the investment in learning a few new concepts.
The Right Solution For...
In-House Application Developers.
With its high-performance, language extensions and open architecture, CA-Clipper is a
robust tool for development of mission-critical applications. Its enhanced performance,
security and integrity make it the clear choice to meet the accelerating demands of
corporate developers. Furthermore, with a dependable, proven method of code customization,
corporate developers will find CA-Clipper a better way of managing code from third-party
developers and consultants. This combines the economic benefits of buying off-the-shelf
software products with the flexibility of custom development.
As applications get more complex, the development tools must be able
to manage their complexity.
Third-Party Product Developers.
The open architecture of CA-Clipper lays a foundation that has created a robust
industry of third-party developers of tools and extensions for CA-Clipper, and vertical
products built with the system. CA's commitment to continue this openness ensures that
this industry continues to thrive. CA's object-oriented development systems provide
additional opportunities to market tools and solutions in the form of class libraries. The
OOP world is an open world, providing many opportunities to market "plug-in"
tools. In particular, vertical solutions can be packaged as class libraries, letting the
independent software vendor (ISV) deliver a powerful solution while giving the client full
development flexibility. In effect, this reduces the difference between development tools
and vertical solutions, leading to a class of products that might be called "vertical
Consultants And Custom Developers.
The consultants and custom developers who use CA-Clipper to build business solutions
can continue within an even more open architecture, knowing that any database interface,
for example, can be built under the public RDD specification. CA-Clipper is supported by
productive solutions designed to provide users with ma
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