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SoftCon Says Nexaweb's Internet Application Platform Best Performer

Nexaweb Passes SoftCon Benchmarks With Flying Colors

Nexaweb Technologies' Siemens AG Web-based application project has won systems integrator, SoftCon AG's benchmark test. SoftCon evaluated Nexaweb side-by-side to leading products like Macromedia's Flex and Casabac server. Siemens chose SoftCon to build Web services for its worldwide sales and engineering staff.

Headquartered in Munich, Germany, SoftCon chose Nexaweb's Internet Enterprise Application platform based on its superior performance. Dieter Heyne, SoftCon's project leader, said, "The directive for our customer was that performance is crucial. That means the fastest solution is just fast enough."

Nexaweb's Internet Enterprise Application consists of a visual development environment, support for server clustering, ubiquitous client support, support for Web services, support for Sun's Java Enterprise System and Java Desktop System, enhanced graphing capabilities and internationalization. It offers Web application developers tools for building more fully powered Web clients that behave similarly to browsers but that offer developers deeper control.

One major area Nexaweb scored high in was its functionality on the client side. Heyne said, "Even in the pilot phase there will be up to 2,000 users. The best solution would be without any installation at all." He also said the application is "less prone to errors on the user side. It saves time because code can be generated. It doesn't have to be written by hand."

In addition, Nexaweb supports SoftCon's model-driven architecture approach. "The goal was to have the ability to generate code directly from the object model," Heyne said, adding that the MDA support "allows us to generate a lot of code directly to interact between the user side and the server side."

Before selecting the Nexaweb platform, SoftCon researched, evaluated and tested open-source Thinlet, Macromedia Flex and the Casabac GUI server with HTML client from Casabac Technologies GmbH. All of those came up short for a variety of reasons. "We tried to solve expectations with a new project with known technology," Heyne says. He said that he and other staff members found a "significant lack of control."

Macromedia Flex was expected to offer a challenge, Heyne said, noting its rich controls and renowned graphics. "In the end it turned out to be better for a fancy Web shop," he concluded. The application with Siemens, he points out, consists of hundreds of forms and replications, so it had to be deployed by the Web. Casabac, Heyne explains, is a solution based mainly on HTML and Java script. SoftCon found the performance of the product far too slow compared to Nexaweb. "We would not have been able to meet the deadlines of this project without a proper tool on the client side," Heyne said.


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