Monday, February 26, 2024

An Application Development Platform Makes Building Apps Easier

By Nidhi Agarwal

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The update to the platform makes app development smoother, enhances security, and adds new features for managing data and improving the way developers work.

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Progress, a provider of infrastructure software, has launched the new version of Progress OpenEdge, an application development platform that serves over 100,000 customers worldwide by streamlining the creation of business applications. OpenEdge 12.8 allows organisations to refine development workflows, improve database efficiency, strengthen security, and keep pace with technological advancements.

The platform introduces features to improve application security and protect data. It includes Dynamic Data Masking (DDM), allowing Security Administrators or Database Administrators to meet data privacy regulations like GDPR or HIPAA by hiding sensitive data based on user roles. The version also supports Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) to provide a secure environment for cryptographic operations and protect sensitive information. Additionally, it integrates Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.3 with OpenSSL 3.1, updating security protocols and cryptographic algorithms to enhance encryption and data integrity for applications.

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The application development platform improves developer productivity by providing ABL (Advanced Business Language) developers with tools and features to streamline their workflows. It integrates OpenTelemetry, an observability framework that offers metrics and trace information for managing OpenEdge applications and gives developers insights into application performance, helping to identify and resolve code bottlenecks. Additionally, incremental build support allows developers to change their codebase and rebuild only the changed sections, reducing build times and facilitating faster development iterations.

The platform enhances application integration and management with new monitoring and administration features. It integrates with Apache Kafka, enabling businesses to add real-time data feeds to their applications through event streaming and data integration. The OpenEdge Command Center (OECC) offers tools and APIs for managing OpenEdge applications and providing monitoring, administration, and diagnostics. It facilitates integration with Application Performance Management (APM) tools. This release also allows more database administrative tasks to be performed online, reducing downtime by avoiding offline maintenance. Improvements include database operations such as scan/repair and backup/restore, leading to better performance.

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