Mac OS X Application allows Easily Scripted Control of FrontBase=81 DataBase
Los Angeles, March 12, 2002: FrontBase, Inc. is proud to announce
FBScriptAgent, a new application running under Mac OS X that would provide
scriptable control to their best-in-class database software, FrontBase=81
Relational Database Server 3.5. Utilizing AppleScript, Apple Computer’s
built-in scripting language in the Mac OS X operating system, FBScriptAgent
is offered at no additional charge as an enhancement to the FrontBase
“We see the functionality of FBScriptAgent is a breakthrough for Mac OS X
and AppleScript.”, says Kevin Doyle, President of FrontBase, Inc.
“FrontBase is 100% committed to serving the enterprise growth of Mac OS X.
We see Steve Jobs’ “digital hub” strategy as benefiting greatly from having
an enterprise-level database engine easily accessible to any Mac OS X user
or application that talks AppleScript. FBScriptAgent offers Mac OS X users
and developers heretofore unheard of database control and connectivity, all
with the simplicity of and ease-of-use of AppleScript”
FBScriptAgent is a “scriptable” application which forwards commands to the
FrontBase database. In addition to sending raw SQL commands, FBScriptAgent
can start, stop, create, and delete FrontBase databases. FBScriptAgent
exposes a great deal of database functionality that has previously only
been available through more complex database client libraries. A user can
now access the powerful features of FrontBase simply by keying in a few
AppleScript commands. A clever design aspect of FBScriptAgent is that it
allows the scripter to deal with meta-data and data-handlers. For example,
if a database fetch were to select 1,000,000 records, this would be
difficult for most applications to deal with if all the records were
returned. Instead, FBScriptAgent fetches return a meta-data object by which
a user can determine how many records were selected, any errors or warnings
generated by the select, the execution time, the column names, etc. The
meta-data also includes a fetch “handle”, which may used to actually fetch
the rows, in batches if required. A hallmark of the intelligent engineering
of FBScriptAgent is how easily it allows a user to work with massive
amounts of data.
FrontBase Database Server was conceived in Denmark in early 1996 using
design criteria borne of existing databases’ limitations, and the
possibilities that could only be achieved with today’s technology, to
answer the needs of the Internet age. The requirements of today are very
different technically from the client server architecture of years past.
The designers decided on ANSI C for cross platform purposes, using true
Unicode in the core architecture for international character sets ensuring
easy localization in the global marketplace, and the latest standard of
SQL, SQL 92 on the 3rd level. The resulting product is technically
incomparable with anything that was designed before the Internet age.
Scalability is a hallmark of the FrontBase product. It is equally capable
on a personal laptop or a terabyte cluster of multiple machines, offering a
level of scalable operation unequalled by any other product in its price
No other database product on earth is capable of true zero downtime in an
e-commerce operation. FrontBase’s exclusive, patented technology requires
no time-consuming database rebuilds in the event of a system crash or power
outage. Simply restart the server and FrontBase is immediately accessible
and your data is unchanged and unharmed. FrontBase is fully compliant with
the latest SQL standard. FrontBase is cross platform for Mac OS X, Linux,
Solaris, FreeBSD, and Windows NT/2000.
FrontBase, Inc. is a privately held, multinational company with facilities
in Copenhagen, London, Boston, Seattle and Corporate Headquarters in Los
Angeles. FrontBase is fast becoming known as a technological leader in the
database industry by providing unique and demonstrable innovations, and
through a commitment to exceptional service.