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4D Launches JavaScript Stack for Web & Mobile App Development

It includes a development studio, a client framework, a NoSQL database, and a server and model-driven architecture for reuse

Okay, kids, you can finally do pure end-to-end JavaScript programming and then deploy entire applications in the cloud.

4D, which is branching out from its long-established Mac database roots, has launched both an open source and commercial version of its Wakanda JavaScript development platform, the first-ever full-stack JavaScript development platform for web and mobile business applications.

Company CEO Luc Hollande says, "Developers no longer need to learn, integrate and maintain different technologies in different languages."

And not to worry Lawrence Livermore Lab is an early adopter, hosting the apps on its own internal infrastructure.

The open source stuff is called Scout; the commercial stuff is called Warrior. 4D, which has been around forever and has been working on the platform for three-four years, is pricing Warrior low to get mass adoption.

A monthly subscription for a commercial license and developer support starts at $35 per month for one developer, and includes unlimited, royalty-free deployment rights, plus premium forum access. Next year 4D will add phone and e-mail support.

The all-in-one widgetry includes a development studio, a client framework, a NoSQL database, and of course a server and model-driven architecture for reuse.

4D says the user interface (UI) and the application data model are built with a powerful WYSIWYG designer from the desktop Wakanda Studio, and the client framework and GUI designer leverage HTML5 and CSS3.

The NoSQL object datastore natively speaks REST/HTTP and server-side JavaScript (SSJS).

Unlike SQL databases, there's no need to use an ORM layer, and no hidden SQL generation - Wakanda natively understands business logic.

Wakanda's new development environment can be extended with third-party widgets, libraries and server modules. Its open source environment supports developers by adding connectors to their preferred databases. The stuff is standards-compliant, including JSON, REST/HTTP, W3C and CommonJS.

The Wakanda platform can be installed on Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure.


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