This guide is an attempt to assist our customers in finding the proper
match between their needs and our products. It provides a short
overview of our different products and then a quick profile of the
types of customer needs that might be satisfied by the products
described. It is not meant to be an all inclusive list of the needs
satisfied by any one product. If you feel that our products may
assist your needs but your needs are not specifically addressed below,
please continue to browse the more specific documentation on our
product or call us directly. We will be happy to discuss the
applicability of our products to your mission.
The Objective Technologies suite of applications is focused on solving
the problem of integrating data stored in server class relational
databases into an end user environment so that end users can use the
data effectively. To that end, Objective Technologies offers
SqlBuddy provides easy
point-and-click query access to the database returning data
back to the end user to be used in an variety of ways. It allows the
user to quickly browse through the database, combining, sorting,
ordering, and restricting data into the set of data that is most
useful. The data is returned in a general table format that can be
viewed, printed, copied-and-pasted, and/or messaged to other
SqlBuddy Customer Profile:
Client should be using a relational database. At this time the database tools
support only the Sybase(R) dataserver. We hope to have an Oracle(R)
supported version in the future.
SqlBuddy offers easy direct access to their database. The graphical
model provides a quick learning curve for new users and amateurs.
Experts find it easier to get around, while the SqlBuddy inspector
provides a standard text interface to make the expert feel at home.
Impress is the missing piece
to many end-user environments and misson critical system development.
It provides generalized report generation from multiple independent
data sources. Impress can generate almost any report from simple
columnar styles to complex multi-section hierarchical reports. These
reports can be designed by the end user and run directly by Impress at
Impress has also been designed with multiple interfaces to allow it to
be integrated into larger systems. Many NEXTSTEP customers are middle to
large companies attempting to design and implement custom solutions to
their technology problems. Most of these projects have a reporting
requirement. Impress provides an off-the-shelf solution to these
requirements. Impress has three interfaces to supply
developers with sufficient access to easily integrate it into their
systems. The primary interface is the Impress Client Object
Interface. This is a distributed object interface that allows the
developer to call Impress directly from their applications, passing
information to and from Impress.
Impress Customer Profile:
Client should have a reporting requirement. Simple requirements include
mailing labels, colmunar reports, and form letters. Examples of complex
requirements may be invoicing, internal auditing information, finance reports,
etc. If the client is implementing custom business solutions, at some point
they probably want to gather information from their environment into a report.
Programming custom reports is costly and time consuming. Impress offers an
off-the-shelf solution. In this way the clients project can be
accomplished faster and the programming budget can be applied to other
Objective Technologies Inc. became the first commercial vendor of integrated
object solutions for the NeXT platform when we started shipping the palette
products during the first quarter of 1991. Those products continue to deliver
the most powerful general leverage available to NEXTSTEP application developers
from third party providers. For more information about the history and success
of our products, read "No More `Line By Bloody Line' with NeXT" in
the Summer 1992 OBJECTWARE catalog. In addition, OTI's
SmartFieldPalette won the NeXTWORLD Best of Breed Award for objectware in 1993.
Each palette is a complete, integrated addition to NeXT's InterfaceBuilder
development environment. A palette includes a library of objects that the
client can use to extend the base of their usable objects past those provided
from within NeXTSTEP. Each palette contains an InterfaceBuilder palette,
designed by Objective Technologies, to allow the client to directly manipulate
our objects from within InterfaceBuilder. We also include:
Finally, like NeXT, we include extensive example programs which use our objects
in different ways.
- Header files, to be installed and used just like header files
provided by NeXT.
- Extensive documentation in the same format as NeXT's documentation.
- Class specifications describing the use and particulars of each of
- General usage guides, describing the entire paradigm under which the
palette has been designed and how the objects are meant to interact with each
Palette Customer Profile:
The customer for OTI Palettes should be doing custom application development.
Since these products are an enhancement to the development environment, they
are only appropriate for clients doing development.
The palette products can be broken down into two categories, what we
call higher order objects and lower order objects.
are higher order palettes, in that they leverage the client in very
extensive but specific ways. Any client who requires graphs or analytics in
their applications would need these palettes, otherwise, they may not be
are lower order palettes in that, they are extensive and very general.
Almost every program developed requires validation and formatting of input data
as well as on screen list management. These palettes provide solutions to both
of these problems and can therefore enhance the productivity, reliability and
maintenance of almost any custom development project.
OTStringKit is designed to assist software developers in manipulating
strings. The OTStringKit is a set of Objective-C classes, protocols
and categories, C macros and constants which encapsulate a wide
variety of character string related functions. This software allows
programmers to manipulate strings, paths, regular expressions and data
as objects, while significantly reducing memory allocation errors.
The kit's categories for NeXT's AppKit objects allow interaction based
on string objects instead of character buffers and eliminate the
possibility of memory overruns.
OTStringKit Customer Profile:
As with the Palettes, the OTStringKit customer should be doing custom
application development. Since this product is an enhancement to
the development environment, it is only appropriate for clients
Like the "lower order" palettes, the fundamental nature of the
OTStringKit classes make them applicable to almost anywhere you would
use a traditional 'C' strings. Thus they apply to most any
development project under NEXTSTEP/OPENSTEP.
Objective Technologies Inc. has been consulting to the object oriented market since March
1990. We have used our consulting to finance our Product Division. For that
reason we have picked our clients strategically, finding clients who understand
our goals in the area of shrink wrap product. We have enjoyed a tremendous
success in doing business this way. Our history and reputation ensures that each of our
clients is confident that our advice and services is backed by expert necessary to solve their problems.
Although we have not typically performed on-site consulting outside of the New
York City area, we will entertain any proposals. We have happily accepted
work, to be performed by us off-site, and the result has been excellent. We
have implemented applications, entire systems, object kits, and specific
objects on request from many of our clients. We have also contracted to
provide GUI advice, performed remote technical support, and created and/or
evaluated designs (object, application, or system).
We have also travelled to clients, conventions and seminars to lecture on a
number of subjects, including but not limited to: mission critical application
development, financial application development, and foundation class object
oriented design. All of these talks specifically focus on the issues as they
apply to object oriented development.
Since mid-1994, we have re-focused our direction, reducing our
consulting efforts and concentrating on our products. We currently do
very little consulting, but do take specific jobs that meet both the
client and our needs. Please contact us if you feel we may be of
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