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|Developer(s)||BASIS International Ltd., Albuquerque, NM (USA)|
|Stable release||12.10 (Maintenance Release) / October 5, 2012|
|Written in||Java (programming language)|
|Available in||Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Swedish, Spanish|
|Type||Integrated development environment|
BBj is a software development framework which consists of a programming language by the same name, an integrated development environment, a GUI forms designer, a Rapid Application Development tool called Barista for generating database-driven graphical applications.
BBj is Java-integrated and optimized for programming business applications, combining the programming language Business BASIC with the scalability, OS independence and general versatility of Java.
In BBj, the source code is precompiled and interpreted at run time like Visual Basic, Java or C#. This allows dynamic compilation as well as instant testing during development. BBj supports procedural programming as well as object-oriented programming paradigms.
BBj comes with its own integrated DBMS, but BBj applications can access data from all major SQL database systems such as Oracle, MS SQL Server, DB2, Informix, Sybase, MySQL, PostgreSQL etc., or combinations of them, through JDBC/ODBC.
The name "BBj" was coined in 1999. It stands for "Business Basic for Java". BBj is the modern successor of BASIS's own, non-proprietary Business BASIC dialect created in 1985. Business BASIC is a derivative of BASIC oriented towards business programming.
BASIS strives to keep BBj backward compatible with preceding BBx product generations such as PRO/5, and Visual PRO/5. It is also compatible with other Business BASIC dialects provided by Thoroughbred, ProvideX and others.