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Cincom VisualWorks is an enterprise application development and delivery platform used by world-class companies. VisualWorks is elegant, productive and powerful and unsurpassed in interactive development.  It is a versatile Developer’s tool that is the benchmark for object-oriented development.  VisualWorks is dubbed the “Do Anything, Faster, Better” tool and is instantly portable across a wide range of platforms.

Cross Platform

Whether it’s web applications, web services, internet connectivity or database connectivity, VisualWorks includes a set of superior development tools with components for any type of work your team might contemplate. In addition, VisualWorks now includes best-of-breed tools such as the Refactoring Browser, “Live Code” interactive development and the Professional Debugger Package fully integrated with the product, as well as support for all  industry standard databases and Unit Testing Framework.


What’s New in VisualWorks:


Download your FREE Version of VisualWorksIt is our pleasure to bring you the current release of Cincom VisualWorks 8.0.  VisualWorks 8.0 is the latest major release of VisualWorks.  Moving to 8.0 represents a big number change and we have big product improvements to match. The release contains nearly one thousand total AR’s (action requests), which represent improvements, refinements and fixes to the product.

Both Cincom® ObjectStudio® and Cincom VisualWorks share the same core libraries and foundation.  This means foundation improvements improve both products.  This release has very significant and meaningful upgrades for the foundation and for each product.

  • For more on the Cincom Smalltalk Foundation, click here.

Millennial Changes

The foundation of Cincom VisualWorks 8.0 was built with some significant upgrades and millennial changes to the product. For example, Annotations allow information to be conveyed without embedding it in the text; Bi-directional content enables advanced internationalization; Sparklines allow mini graphs embedded in the text.  If you significantly improve something used everywhere in the product, like Text, you significantly improve the potential of everything you can do with the product.

The Millennial Changes include:

  • Next Generation User Interface
    • “Makes most or all of Windows widget options available to the developer”
      • No primitives
      • All Smalltalk using FFI (DLLCC) -> Win32
      • Native Widgets
        • Latest features of Native Widgets
      • Support for jpg, png, gif, tif
      • Access to GDI+ features
        • Gradient brushes
        • Alpha blending
    • Continued work on OLE2
      • Shared more capable COM
      • Support for ActiveX controls (8.6)
    • Better class icons for ObjectStudio classes
      • Used in browsers and inspectors
    • TabularListBox, TabList
      • Cell content specific formatting enhancements
    • AR’s
      • 122
      • over 900 for Foundation

Please see the Cincom VisualWorks 8.0 readme file for detailed release information. The readme contains AR’s short descriptions and support resolutions addressed.


What You Get in VisualWorks:


  • Major improvements to WSDL 2.0 / SOAP 1.2 to handle updated protocols.
  • Store II improvements from Foundation.
  • Comparison Tool and Merge Engine
  • Project Launcher
  • Polycephaly Preview—Leverages Multi-Core computers
  • Internationalization—CLDR (Common Locale Data Repository) based, going from 14 locales to hundreds with Unicode standard.
  • Garbage Collection Performance Improvements
  • Xtreams
  • Major improvements to the 64-bit platforms.
  • Major improvements to COM—Allows us to more easily integrate Windows capabilities into VisualWorks applications.
  • COM ActiveX—This framework for component reuse on Windows platforms allows us to more easily integrate Windows capabilities and their interfaces into VisualWorks applications.

“After using VisualWorks…for over a month I am impressed by the great improvement VisualWorks has made and all previous bugs now have gone. It’s the best IDE I’ve ever seen for native language programming. Thanks a lot.”
– Jim G.


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