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Python Bridges the MultiValue Gap

Published 6 months ago by Elkie Holland
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Written by Vinnie Smith, Managing Director, R&D at Rocket Software

Technology changes quickly, and as educators and professionals rush to stay on the cutting edge, previously prized core skills fall by the wayside. For example, most MultiValue solutions rely on back-end logic programmed using BASIC, and while BASIC is still widely used today, newly trained engineers and programmers (who may not have learned BASIC) find themselves unable to use MultiValue tools. Rather than try to bring back older paradigms, the tools themselves must change to suit their new users. In this case, MultiValue must embrace languages in popular use today.

Python is one such popular language – it’s in the top five most commonly used languages both developers and employers are looking for – and its adopters need to be able to access the versatility and advantages of MultiValue software. Rocket currently hosts a Python Community page where users can download examples of Python applications and code samples and upload and share their own. Python is already available on Rocket UniVerse and Rocket UniData and will be released on Rocket D3 later this year. The addition of Python allows veteran and new developers to extend the existing MultiValue applications into new areas and keep those products usable relevant to all potential users.

Python democratizes MultiValue by expanding the potential user-base from those who only know BASIC to anyone who can code in Python. This is not only a big gain for companies looking to maintain or adopt a MultiValue database, but offers engineers and programmers who use Python a whole new avenue of work. This means more robust data organization and a clearer analytics picture for employers and job opportunities in MultiValue for potential employees.

Python support will do more than just empower companies and coders alike: it ensures MultiValue stays vibrant long into the future.


Prospectus would like to thank Vinnie Smith for this Guest Blog.

Vinnie Smith, Managing Director of the U2 Development Labs at Rocket Software, brings over 30 years of MultiValue experience to the role. Vinnie started his career at SystemBuilder in the mid-1980s. Originally from the UK, Vinnie is a proud scouser (from Liverpool) with the accent to prove it. Vinnie now resides in Colorado with his wife, where he enjoys being the father of four and playing golf in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

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