Updating remote sql database with dbase
On the PC platform, in particular, d Base became one of the best-selling software titles for a number of years.
A major upgrade was released as d Base III, and ported to a wider variety of platforms, adding UNIX, and VMS.
They entered into an agreement with Ratliff to market Vulcan, and formed Ashton-Tate to do so. Hal Pawluk, who handled marketing for the nascent company, decided to change the name to the more business-like "d Base".
Pawluk devised the use of lower case "d" and all-caps "BASE" to create a distinctive name.
As platforms and operating systems proliferated in the early 1980s, the company found it difficult to port the assembly language-based d Base to target systems.
This led to a re-write of the platform in the C programming language, using automated code conversion tools.
This changed with the disastrous introduction of d Base IV, whose design and stability were so poor that many users switched to other products.
At the same time, there was growing use of IBM-invented SQL (Structured Query Language) in database products.
He used this as the basis for a port to PTDOS on his kit-built IMSAI 8080 microcomputer, and called the resulting system Vulcan (after Mr. George Tate and Hal Lashlee had built two successful start-up companies - Discount Software was one of the first to sell PC software programs through the mail to consumers, and Software Distributors which was one of the first wholesale distributors of PC software in the world.The May 1983 release of d Base II Run Time further entrenched d Base in the VAR market by allowing the VARs to deploy their products using the lower-cost Run Time system.Although some critics stated that d Base was difficult to learn, its success created many opportunities for third parties.d Base was one of a very few "professional" programs on the platform at that time, and became a huge success.The customer base included not only end-users, but an increasing number of "value added resellers", or VARs, who purchased d Base, wrote applications with it, and sold the completed systems to their customers.
These included Fox BASE (later renamed Fox Pro), Clipper, and other so-called x Base products.