Tango 2000 full review

All Web tools need to do two things: provide high-level drag-&-drop actions that generate low-level code, and ensure that using those tools isn’t more cumbersome than writing the HTML yourself. For simple sites, plain HTML works fine; for splashy multimedia sites, Adobe GoLive and Macromedia Dreamweaver are handy tools. But if you need to post a product catalogue or a database that’s already in ODBC-compliant format, the tool of choice is Pervasive Software’s Tango 2000. This Web-connection tool for databases lets you generate actions by selecting a few icons that connect items in a database to entries on a Web page. As a special-purpose Web tool, it simplifies a critical business function. The Tango 2000 package consists of Tango Editor – a modern editor adapted to visual programming with Tango icons – and Tango Server – middleware that translates Tango action file (.taf) instructions into code for standard Web servers. Tango’s traditional .taf files also now translate automatically into XML for distribution across platforms – and can include Java and C++ modules. But Tango’s real strength is that Pervasive has anticipated many standard business needs and packaged the necessary code as icons for use in assembling .taf files. With a few icon selections in the graphical user interface, you can program operations such as selecting an item from a remote database, ordering an item, and updating the inventory database. Tango 2000 has some nice extras – a thorough tutorial and commercial-grade examples. Annoyingly, the Mac suite doesn’t include Pervasive’s excellent Web Analyzer for real-time traffic analysis. Another complaint is that Web users with slower connections who access Tango 2000-generated pages sometimes see bits of .taf text files as the graphics down-load.
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