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Open source platform for maximizing the value of Progress 4GL applications. This is the way forward!
Open source platform for maximizing the value of Progress 4GL applications. This is the way forward!

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Join us November 15th through 17th at the EMEA #PUGChallenge in Prague, Czech Republic. The FWD project is a proud sponsor of the event. Visit our booth on the expo floor to see the recently released ABL Code Analytics tools or to find out how FWD is the best possible platform for running your ABL application.

On Friday November 17th at 16:30 in the Prague room, don't miss: Running an ABL GUI as an HTML5 Web Application Without a Rewrite. This will be a deep dive into FWD's unique capabilities for writing modern user interfaces using ABL code. Everyone else is telling you to abandon ABL UI code and rewrite your entire UI as a web/mobile front end. FWD takes a different approach, implementing an HTML5 web UI using the ABL code itself, without the multi-year rewrite.
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FWD v3.1 is now available for download.

FWD v3.1 features a complete rewrite of its powerful Code Analytics tool set. Aging Progress 4GL applications are increasingly undergoing a significant refactoring and modernization effort. To modernize 4GL application code properly, one must thoroughly understand the existing implementation and its dependencies, so that changes do not break current functionality. Without FWD, this requires extremely time consuming and error prone manual investigation of the code and schemata, made orders of magnitude more difficult by the size of these applications.

FWD's revolutionary Code Analytics tool set provides powerful capabilities for the deep inspection of ABL code and schemata. FWD uses automation to search and analyze even the largest of applications, enabling developers to find comprehensive and exact answers to questions that are otherwise unanswerable.

In addition to ad-hoc search and inspection, FWD has an extensive set of pre-defined reports and statistics, a web-based interface for searching and reviewing reports, and an interactive source code view that shows the code and abstract syntax trees side by side.

FWD also provides a set of advanced tooling for Call Graph Analysis, providing unique capabilities such as the ability to identify all dead code in an application. Large 4GL applications typically contain 25-40% dead code. Dropping dead code simplifies complex systems and eliminates a large, hidden burden that has inhibited application development for years.

There is no need to convert an ABL application to Java to enjoy the benefit of FWD’s Code Analytics tools. Golden Code Development previewed these tools to an enthusiastic response at the PUG Americas Challenge conference earlier this year.

FWD v3.1 also contains a web application replacement of its administration and management system, as well as many new features and fixes to its core conversion and runtime technology.

Download FWD v3.1 at https://proj.goldencode.com/projects/p2j/wiki/FWD_v3_1_0. For a full list of changes since v3.0, please refer to the change log posted there.
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On Wednesday June 7th at 9:45am, don't miss: ABL Code Analytics: Unique Tools for Deep Code Analysis and Inspection (session 239 at the PUG Challenge). This will be a deep dive into FWD's unique capabilities including powerful visualization tools and the ability to answer questions about your ABL application which cannot otherwise be easily answered. Come see why FWD Analytics is a must-have toolset for ABL developers!
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Join us June 4th through 7th at the PUG Challenge (http://pugchallenge.org/index.html) in Manchester, NH. Visit our booth on the expo floor and we will show you how FWD is an essential solution for maximizing the value of your ABL application!
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Many people have been asking us how using FWD can provide a 4GL GUI (#OpenEdge) as a first class web UI. We've just posted a new video that demonstrates some examples while also providing quite a bit of detail about how this can be achieved:

https://youtu.be/BNepKz-rE_M
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Golden Code has released its FWD technology as open source software. FWD is an alternative to Progress #OpenEdge, featuring a range of unique enhancements that add new capabilities to ABL code. Powerful code analytics, automated transformation tooling and a Java-based runtime enable organizations to modernize their applications and deploy them with a web UI in a fraction of the time of existing approaches.

FWD has been in development for 13 years and it supports a wide range of ABL applications including GUI, ChUI, Appserver and Batch. FWD is available for download now. Find out more at https://www.beyondabl.com or get started immediately:

https://proj.goldencode.com/projects/p2j/wiki/Getting_Started
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Embed any or all existing ABL GUI screens in a custom web application using FWD! No #OpenEdge is required. See it in action at https://youtu.be/75h4AqcBAgw.
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