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Linux Journal: Review of Magic Enterprises Edition 8.3 for Linux

Oct 14, 2000, 20:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Valesh)

"Magic Software Enterprises, or Magic, for short, has been developing multi-platform data access middleware and on-line application development tools for UNIX, AS/400, OpenVMS and Windows users for years. Now, Magic's software, Magic Enterprise 8.3 and Magic Toolkit 8.3, are available for Linux, recognizing Linux's growing impact in the e-business and e-commerce market. Magic Enterprise 8.3 provides the back end, and Magic Tool Kit 8.3 provides the rapid development environment for e-commerce and other database-intensive applications. Between the two, you'll have everything you need to make your boss happy, at least about your database/web site integration."

"Installing Magic Enterprise v8.3 and Magic Toolkit on my Red Hat 6.1 test system started out easy. There isn't much to it. Magic supports Red Hat 6.0, 6.1, and SuSE 6.2 systems, distributing their software in RPM package format. To install, you run rpm with a few options, like the package file name, and most of the work is done for you. ... Though the software is supplied as RPMs, it installs into the /usr/local directory on your system as though it were manually installed. That is a little odd, but causes no problems when using the software."

"Magic provides an X-based integrated development environment with a lot of handy features such as a concurrent version control system, a WYSIYWYG user interface builder and a project management system to make it easy to switch your development focus. The interface is very database-like in feel; applications, database tables, user-interface elements, everything is viewed as a table. This makes sense, considering that Magic's primary focus is working with databases, but it will seem unfamiliar to people used to more conventional programming environments. Of course, Magic isn't really a programming environment. It is an application-generation environment, so a lot of things will seem odd if you are expecting to start coding."

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