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Database S-Base bounces back

Published: 8th Jul 2006, 13:39:55 | Permalink | Printable

Ported to Windows and Linux, gets new programmer

RISC OS database package S-Base appears to have made a sudden come back with a new beta version released this month. The software has gained a new programmer who has been working away on the project for five months.

Surprised punters received an email on Sunday that read: "If you have forgotten about S-Base, then we don't blame you - it has been a while."

According to the S-Base website, the new coder "ported S-Base to use the QT library, so that it runs on Linux and Windows, and potentially Mac OS. However, this port has not produced a perfect version.

"It is fine for command line stuff, but the GUI is a bit broken. A new command-line only version has been created. A large array of new features have been added, although documentation is scarce. [S-Base original author] Simon Glass continues to work on the software on and off".

The last release of S-Base was published in August 2001. It is a programmable, relational database that allows users to custom the data entry interface for each database, among other features.

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It's good to hear Bluewater Systems are continuing to invest in their software. It would be an excellent development if a working cross-platform S-Base came about. As long is it doesn't end with the RISC OS version being neglected of course.

Also, does this mean that there may also be a new 32-bit version of the software for RISC OS?

Although not an S-Base user myself, I believe other programs such as !Citation ( [link] ) use it (I could be wrong about this). I've always wanted to use Citation but have been prevented because it's not 32-bit. To be able to use it on multiple platforms would make it even better.

 is a RISC OS Userflypig on 8/7/06 2:12PM
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flypig: AFAIK, a 32-bit version of S-Base was in the works at one stage, so let's hope it will still happen. It looks to be a very nice piece of software.

Great to see some RISC OS activity from this part of the world (Bluewater Systems is based in Christchurch, New Zealand - my home city!).

 is a RISC OS Usertimephoenix on 9/7/06 4:10AM
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I work in the same building as Bluewater Systems in Christchurch. I might pop my head in the door and ask a few questions. These days they seem to do a lot of work with Linux on ARM devices, the website is quite informative.

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 9/7/06 6:15AM
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!Citation was indeed written using S-base developer. I still have mine and intended doing a riscos app with it. Now cross platform it would be a nice tool to use.

more later bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 9/7/06 4:44PM
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Flypig:

"I've always wanted to use Citation but have been prevented because it's not 32-bit."

!Citation needs a 32-bit release of S-Base to be Iyonix/A9home compatible. Hopefully, the above news means a 32-bit S-Base might happen soon. l plan to buy an A9home, and I'd be lost without !Citation. It's one of my most-used apps: I've found it more intuitive and more productive than the expensive equivalents on other platforms (though they do have lots of bells'n'whistles).

Does anyone know if the new S-Base download is 32-bit?

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 9/7/06 8:16PM
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This is very good news indeed! I was afraid that I would hardly ever be able to use my development licence; it is such a good program with high potential. Wouldn't it be great if you could use S-Base to develop applications with its very compact code and then run the subsequent executables under Microsoft Windows? RiscOS developers could then really make a difference in the world of business applications!! Let's hope it will happen....

 is a RISC OS UserHenkJan on 10/7/06 12:57PM
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You could always use the engine and wrap up a front end in revolution www.runrev.com or realbasic (I prefer runrev) to call the database routines, then slap on the s-base gui to the routines you have when it is available. Hmmmm.... that sounds a nice idea.... :-)

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 10/7/06 4:19PM
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The 2.5l downloads have the 32-bit addressing mode flag set in their respective !RunImage files.

I never really started using Citation as I moved to an Iyonix before I had got to grips with setting its output to the correct format for me.

 is a RISC OS Userxyzzy on 10/7/06 4:48PM
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