I imagine you've had 'thousands' of replies by now, however...
UniVerse is a product from Vmark that provides the 'Pick' database
on Unix platforms.
* Pick originally devised the database years ago as a stock
control system (for helicopter parts I think) and it is one of the
most widely used 'common' computer databases.
If you know 'Pick', you know 'UniVerse', although there are a number
of detail differences you can spot if you compare the two.
Did I say two?* licenced his database to other vendors
(including Vmark) and they have each made their own variants :
ADDS, McDonnell-Douglas,*'s own 'native' version, Prime
Information, Revelation Rev G, Advanced Revelation, PI Open,
Unidata, Vmark's UniVerse,etc.,
They all share a common kernel with various extensions. Some
variants (Unidata, Prime Information, PI Open, UniVerse) have a
facility called the CALLC interface or the GCI which allows bridging
to native language functions from inside the Pick database - this is
a VERY POWERFUL FEATURE WHICH MOST PEOPLE HAVE TOTALLY FAILED TO USE
TO FULL (IF ANY) ADVANTAGE!!
There are many publications on Pick which can provide the
information you need rather than labour on here, however in summary
Pick provides a more-or-less platform independant database with an
integrated enquiry language and a structured (I know the arguments
for & against Pick Basic being 'structured' and I'm not going to
argue the point) language fully integrated with the DBMS as a multi
or single user system.
As a broad guideline, we reckon it takes 10 times as long to create
a 'traditional' application in (for example) COBOL as it does in
I can't compare it with SYBASE I'm sorry, - I haven't used it at
all, but I DO like Pick (you could tell that - coundn't you).
If you've got a specific query or just want to chat, give me a mbx
(+44) 823 335292
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