Suneido’s client and server communicate using a straightforward protocol across TCP/IP. It would be relatively easy to write an interface for another language using Suneido’s client code as a base. Or a simple Suneido server could be written to communicate using a different protocol, similar to the Suneido SMTP, POP3, and HTTP servers.
The Suneido download includes the same documentation as the on-line manual. You can access it from the IDE windows via the Help menu or by pressing F1. If you want a standalone copy of the documentation use Edit a Book from the IDE menu, and choose “suneidoc”. From BookEdit use Export Single Html File or Export Multiple Html Files (on the File menu). You can then access these files using a browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, or Safari.
Yes. There are very few restrictions on what you can do with Suneido. There are no fees or additional licenses required to use or distribute Suneido. The C++ source code for the Suneido executable itself is under the Gnu Public License (GPL). This means that if you include Suneido in your package, you must either include the source code or make it available. And if you modify or add to the C++ code, you must make your modifications available, also under the GPL. Any code you write in Suneido however, is yours – you can do whatever you like with it and it does not have to be under the GPL. For specifics, read the license.
Yes and no. We haven’t written any interfaces to other databases, but you are welcome to, and we look forward to contributions in this area. However, unless you have specific requirements we encourage you to consider using Suneido’s database. Its tight integration with the language and the libraries make it an obvious choice.(See the Library section for an interface with ODBC databases.)
The short answer is “No”. However, it isn’t really necessary since a Suneido application only requires two files – suneido.exe and suneido.db – the database, which includes the application code. Even if you combined suneido.exe and your application code into one executable, you’d still need a database file, and so you’d still have two files. In a multi-user situation, Suneido runs client-server, the clients just need suneido.exe (usually from a shared network location). The server instance of suneido.exe is the only one that accesses the database (suneido.db). The clients use TCP/IP to talk to the server (to access the application code and the data).
You probably want to start by going through the Getting Started section of the manual. You might want to also have a look at the Tools section of the manual. Once you’ve covered the basics you may want to have a look at some of the sample applications in the Application Library. Don’t overlook the standard library (stdlib) as a source of examples – it includes the source code for the entire development environment. If you’ve got questions (probably lots!) try posting them on the Forum. Good luck!
Nothing. Suneido is free. This is the complete product including all the source code. It’s not a trial version or shareware.
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Suneido currently runs on Windows Vista, Windows 2008, and later.
“Suneido” comes from the ancient Greek meaning roughly “absolute knowledge” – knowledge that you know that you know. We picked it because it sounded good and no one else was using it. Its oriental “sound” led to the Karate font and the dragons.
Suneido is designed to build, deploy, and maintain information systems such as management information systems, accounting systems, or vertical applications. It is suitable for most applications that require a mix of user interface, database, and reporting.
Suneido™ is a complete, integrated application platform that includes an object-oriented language, client-server database, and user interface and reporting frameworks to enable you to create, deploy, and maintain applications easier and quicker, with more features and less code. Suneido is Open Source Software – it is provided free, with complete source code, to give programmers full control over their development projects.
- approximately 16 gb database size
- no hard-coded limits on the number of tables, records, fields, indexes – but memory and database size will impose limits
- approximately 100 concurrent database server connections (users)
- maximum string/field/record size will be limited by memory issues – a megabyte is reasonable, much more will likely run into problems
- no fixed limit on heap size, a few hundred megabytes is reasonable
- numbers use a decimal floating point representation that has at least 13 digits of precision (often more – integers have 16 digits) and an exponent range of +/- 511
- dates handle from the year 1600 on, times have millisecond precision
We didn’t feel we could attain the tight integration we wanted if we used a third party database. We also wanted to keep Suneido easy to learn and deploy.
To be most effective for a given type of work a language has to be designed for that work. It’s a question of having the right tool for the job. We needed a simple, easy to learn, powerful language that was dynamic, like Lisp or Smalltalk, but had a familiar syntax like C++ or Java. We also needed tight integration with the database, and the right facilities to build application frameworks. And we needed features like garbage collection and exception handling. We also wanted something that was easy to deploy, without a lot of dependencies.
When the IDE WorkSpace starts up it reads a file called version.txt from the Suneido web site and compares it to your current version. If there’s a newer version available it’ll let you know.The reason for this is that we’re finding a lot of people running out of date versions of Suneido that they’ve downloaded from other sites. If you don’t like this, you can comment out the call from WorkSpace. Note: This check is read-only, it does not send any information.
“The real frustrating thing with modern day programming – where you try to assemble a bunch of components, which should fit together – is making the tools work together as gracefully as possible. Say you have a rough outline for assembling a Web front end or a Visual Basic front end with Java glue, to a database back end … two to three to four things that combine together. It’s bad now and going to get worse.” – Jon Bentley, member of the technical staff at Bell Labs and author of the classic “Programming Pearls”
Suneido uses a simple yet powerful relational algebra query language rather than SQL.
“… it cannot be denied that SQL in its present form leaves rather a lot to be desired … the language is filled with numerous restrictions, ad hoc constructs, and annoying special rules. These factors in turn make the language hard to define, describe, teach, learn, remember, apply, and implement.” C.J.Date, author of the classic “Introduction to Database Systems”.
Because it’s the single most common platform and the one virtually all of our customers have.
The server portion of Suneido has been rewritten in Java and will run anywhere Java does. jSuneido is still in the testing stage. You can download or browse the code on the Suneido SourceForge project.