If you're interested in a new commercial-grade Web application server
product which includes a commercial license of MySQL 4 embedded,
please read on. We're excited to provide a version of Lasso with
MySQL 4 built-in. This yields superior performance and provides
tighter security and easier installation and maintenance. Thanks in
advance for your interest.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2003
BLUE WORLD ANNOUNCES LASSO PROFESSIONAL 7
Support for embedded MySQL, Unicode, SOAP, image manipulation, data
caching, and more to position Lasso Professional 7 as a leading Web
Bellevue, WA--September 9, 2003--Blue World Communications,
Inc.--pioneers of the Web Data Engine(tm)--today announced Lasso
Professional 7, a significant upgrade to its award-winning Web
application server product for building and serving data-driven Web
sites. Lasso Professional 7 introduces support for various industry
standards while maintaining the ease-of-use and robust security that
have won Lasso the support of thousands of Web developers worldwide.
"Lasso Professional 7 provides Web application developers a tool
specifically designed to meet their most demanding needs without
compromising ease-of-use, offering unprecedented productivity and
flexibility," said Bill Doerrfeld, CEO of Blue World. "Compliance
with the latest industry standards positions Lasso Professional 7 at
the forefront within the rapidly evolving Web application server tool
Lasso Professional 7 New Features
Lasso Professional 7 (LP7) provides all of the features expected in
an advanced Web application server, including the following new
Embedded MySQL 4 Database Server - Includes a full commercial license
of the MySQL database server embedded into the Lasso Server
application. The embedded Lasso MySQL database server provides
numerous advantages to the Lasso MySQL database provided in LP6
including greater performance, support for transactions, tighter
security, and easier installation and maintenance.
Internationalization and Localization - LP7 is now Unicode compliant,
supporting hundreds of languages and character sets. Numbers, dates,
and currencies can now be represented in localized formats.
Dramatically Enhanced Performance - New byte-code compiler,
algorithms and architecture provide vastly improved performance. LP7
outperforms virtually all other middleware products, in many cases by
SOAP/WSDL/XML Support - Facilitates communication with Web services
via XML-based standards for data exchange. Supports SOAP calls so
Lasso can be a Web services host. New XML implementation provides
dramatic performance increase for both large and small documents
while operating within a smaller memory footprint.
Image Manipulation - Get information about images, resize images on
the fly, create thumbnails, create watermarked images, or convert
images from one format to another automatically.
Apache 2 Web Server Support - Supports Apache 2 on Mac OS X (in
addition to Apache 1.x) and Red Hat Linux.
Caching for Enhanced Performance - Performance when communicating
with slower databases can be dramatically enhanced through
easy-to-use caching tags. Allows data served from databases such as
FileMaker Pro to be served at speeds rivaling data served from MySQL
Enhanced and Simplified PDF Tags - Existing PDFs are now editable.
PDF tags have been streamlined and take advantage of new features
provided in an updated iText library. Now its easy to add dynamic
content to existing PDF-based templates.
Enhanced Database Communication - Programmatically control data
source connections and transaction support via enhanced inline
functionality. Ensures appropriate submission of data via Commit and
Rollback routines. Manipulate database results as an array of
Enhanced File Manipulation - Simplifies file manipulation with files
now treated as objects. Provides enhanced performance for repeated
access to the same file.
Enhanced Network Communications - Simplifies network communications
with network elements now treated as objects. Provides TCP and UDP
support, listeners, and persistent connections. SSL support allows
Multi-Server Support - Facilitates load balancing and clustering by
allowing multiple LP7 servers to share session data.
LassoApp Maintenance - Lists open LassoApps within Lasso
Administration for easier maintenance.
Lasso Administration Enhancements - Streamlined interface focuses on
administration tasks (e.g. Setup, Utility, Support) and provides new
sections for controlling LassoApps and caching control settings.
Remote Installation Support - Facilitates remote installation via the
command line on Mac OS X.
Lasso Security Enhancements - Can now check authorization against
specific usernames and groups or against a custom username and
LCAPI - New LCAPI calls support Unicode strings providing enhanced
performance and internationalization support.
Macintosh Support - Supports both Mac OS X 10.3 Panther and Mac OS X
10.2 Jaguar. Compiled using GCC 3.3 with optimized support for the
PowerPC G5 processor in addition to providing support for existing
Backwards Compatibility - All LP6 compatible solutions will run in
LP7 without modification. The installer instantly upgrades LP6
servers to LP7 with all settings intact.
Enhanced Installer - Enhanced installer now automatically configures
more Web servers on Mac OS X (e.g. Apache 2, Apache 1.3 and WebSTAR
V) and no longer requires IIS to be running on Windows.
Enhanced Error Reporting - More informative error reports provide
information about included files. Tag and page parameters are now
reported. Multiple parsing errors are reported at once.
Open Source - New open source components include Lasso Connector for
Apache 2 and all new built-in LDML-based custom tags (e.g. caching,
validation, security, and link tags).
Platform, Database and Web Server Support
Lasso Professional 7 supports Mac OS X 10.2 and 10.3 running Apache
1.3, Apache 2 or WebSTAR V. LP7 also supports Windows Server 2003,
Windows XP Professional and Windows 2000 running Internet Information
Services versions 5 or 6. Support for Red Hat Linux 9 with Apache 2
will be made available soon after the initial release for Macintosh
Lasso Professional 7 is currently undergoing extensive testing by
Blue World and members of the Lasso Partner Alliance. Parties
interested in receiving early access to Lasso Professional 7 are
strongly encouraged to join the Lasso Partner Alliance. Details are
available at http://www.LassoPartner.com.
Availability and Pricing
Lasso Professional 7 is scheduled for release in October, 2003 at
$999 for the electronic download edition. Registered customers who
own a license of Lasso Professional 6, Lasso Professional 5 Standard
Edition or Lasso Web Data Engine 3.x may upgrade to Lasso
Professional 7 for $399, $499 and $599 respectively. New and upgrade
sales of Lasso Professional 7 will commence upon the product's
Customers who purchase a new or upgrade version of Lasso Professional
6 between September 9, 2003 and the release of Lasso Professional 7
will receive a free upgrade to Lasso Professional 7. Qualified
customers may request their free upgrades via the Blue World Store
upon the release of Lasso Professional 7. Customers who upgrade from
Lasso Professional 5 to Lasso Professional 6 will save $100 by
upgrading prior to the release of Lasso Professional 7. Lasso
Professional 6 will no longer be sold upon the release of Lasso
About Blue World
Blue World Communications delivers cross-platform software tools
allowing Web developers and designers to quickly build and serve
powerful data-driven Web sites. Blue World provides Lasso
Professional, Lasso Studio and the Blue World ListSearch service in
fulfillment of its mission to bring business to the Internet(tm).
(c) Blue World Communications, Inc. Lasso, Lasso Studio, Lasso
Professional, Web Data Engine, ListSearch, Blue World Store, bring
business to the Internet, and Blue World Communications are
trademarks of Blue World Communications, Inc. Other company names,
brand names and product names may be trademarks of their respective
Bill Doerrfeld bill@stripped
Blue World Communications, Inc. http://www.blueworld.com/
Build and serve powerful data-driven Web sites
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