COMDEX - Startup's C++ tool speeds Web applications
LAS VEGAS - Software startup Rivar Technologies Inc. launched
a new tool for developers here this week that allows them to embed
C++ code into their Web pages, resulting in applications that
perform much quicker for end users, the company said.
Most Web pages are written using HTML (hypertext markup language)
and handle the interaction between visitors and databases with
languages like Perl, Java or Microsoft Corp.'s Active Server Pages
(ASP). While those languages get the job done, they rely on an
additional layer of software for tasks like generating forms,
processing transactions or authenticating users.
Rivar's product, called 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 Gene Savar, Rivar's chief executive officer
Because the programs interact directly with servers, they perform
much faster than traditional Web applications, according to Savar,
who claimed the improvements would be "at least tenfold."
"You get the power of C++ in the middle of a Web page,"
he said. "This goes back to allowing very powerful programming
for the Internet."
The product has two components: a development tool and an application
server, and is available now priced at US$999 per server. The
company said it's offering the software for free evaluation, although
a message on Rivar's Web site Thursday says it's not currently
available for download.
One developer here seemed impressed by the ability to combine
HTML and C++ in a single environment, but noted that the Rivar
will be competing for mindshare with products from Microsoft Corp.
and others. "A huge number of developers use Microsoft Active
Server Pages," said Riley Wheeler Major, a developer with
Manna Freight Systems of Mendota Heights, Minnesota.
The product will also compete with Microsoft's upcoming ASP.Net
tool, as well as Macromedia Inc.'s ColdFusion Web server, he said.
Savar is unfazed. He maintained that Web pages written with Code:Neo
will perform better, allowing businesses to get more out of their
Web servers and reduce the wait for end users.
Rivar Technologies, in Clearwater, Florida, can be contacted
at +1-727-724-1305, and on the Web at www.rivar.com.
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