"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."