BASIS created the newest version of BBx®, the sixth generation, using Java technology. Business BASIC on Java, registered as BBj®, gives application developers the necessary tools to create modern, 21st century e-commerce and enterprise solutions.
As a superset of earlier versions of BBx including PRO/5® and Visual PRO/5®, BBj is compatible with legacy BBx products. BBj's base in Java allows for the use of object-oriented programming extensions. Other modern highlights include extended Structured Query Language (SQL) support, native form design capability, and support for AES 128-bit security.
Developers can maintain a single version of their application that runs on virtually any hardware in most any environment. BBj GUI applications run equally well in the Microsoft Windows environment, the Linux/UNIX environment, and the Mac OS/X environment.
BBj extends Java by supporting a character interface, running character applications in a thin client and in a Web browser. This means that the wealth of legacy business solutions can run as Web applications without significant development effort. BBj gives companies the flexibility of choosing to deploy their legacy character solutions unaltered as well as to deploy GUI enhanced or new GUI solutions.
BBj Thin Client runs on a stand-alone system or in a Web browser, providing fast, remote access between application and data.
The true three-tier architecture of BBj provides flexibility in application deployment and in customization to meet specific application needs of Application Service Provider (ASP) customers. Because BBj is platform independent, developers can create ASP solutions using most existing customer hardware.
Configuration options in the BBj Enterprise Manager support several features that enhance application performance in a production setting.
The BBj interpreter delivers fast direct-result-set navigational access to the native BASIS Database Management System (DBMS) along with a full library of SQL functions, which can access the BASIS DBMS and external database tables. One set of application code can support interchangeable data from any ODBC or JDBC compliant vendor. The BBj Filesystem API also makes it possible to connect to external databases using standard Business BASIC READs and WRITEs. This allows a legacy application the possibility to connect to an external data source with no SQL requirements in the application logic.
With the JavaBBjBridge, developers can call BBj directly from a Java program and exchange data between BBj and Java. In addition to integrating Java in a BBj program, it is now possible to integrate a BBj program into a Java software system.