Kirix Strata

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Kirix Strata
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Kirix Strata
Kirix Strata 4.4.2 running on Windows XP
Developer(s) Kirix Corporation
Stable release 4.5.4 / October 10, 2012
Operating system Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7, Ubuntu Linux
Type Web Browser, RDBMS
License Proprietary EULA
Website www.kirix.com

Kirix Strata is a specialty web browser designed for data analytics.[1] Strata offers a browser's ability to view web pages, but also includes additional tools to perform data analysis and create reports based on structured data from local files, external relational databases and the Web.

The browser incorporates Mozilla's[2] XULRunner[3] into a proprietary data engine to create a rich internet application for working with data. Kirix Strata is a commercial product that uses the cross-platform wxWidgets toolkit and is supported on both Microsoft Windows and Linux.

History[edit]

Kirix Corporation is a data analysis software company founded in January 2001 by four brothers and a friend.[4] In its early years the company specialized in identifying duplicate payments and other overpayment errors in large corporate accounting systems.

In February 2005, Kirix launched Kirix Strata as a new desktop database for Windows and Linux at the LinuxWorld conference in Boston. The product combined some of the capabilities of a spreadsheet with those of a database management system and won the Product Excellence Award in the Best Desktop-Productivity-Business Application category.[5]

In July 2007, Kirix relaunched Strata in beta as a specialty browser for working with data from anywhere, including from the Web. The beta product took the database features of the previously released version and incorporated the Mozilla Gecko layout engine to provide Web connectivity.[6] Strata was officially released out of beta in April 2008 with the intention of bringing the simplicity of a web browser to the world of tabular data.[7] Because of the web connectivity and the user-centric analytic features, Strata can also be considered a productivity tool for Business Intelligence 2.0.[8]

Features[edit]

As with other browsers such as Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, Kirix Strata provides tools to view and interact with web pages. However, it deviates by focusing on manipulating and interacting with structured data:

  • Data Access: Web data (e.g., HTML tables, RSS feeds, CSV files), external databases (e.g., MySQL, Oracle) and local data files (e.g., Excel, Access, text-delimited data).
  • Data Analysis: Sorts, filters, copies, queries, calculated fields and relationships.[9]
  • Reporting
  • Scripting and Extensions: Data-enabled version of JavaScript with support for SQL.
  • Operating system support:
    • Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
    • Ubuntu Linux 10.04 and later (discontinued in October 2012[10])
  • supports up to 18 exabytes per project; 60 billion records per table; 250 million table per project.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hall, Mark. "Strata: A browser designed for analytics". Computerworld. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  2. ^ Mozilla-Based Applications
  3. ^ Mozilla XULRunner Hall of Fame
  4. ^ Guy, Sandra (2008-07-13). "Making Quick Work of Data". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  5. ^ Scannell, Ed. "Kirix Data Base App Debuts". InfoWorld. Retrieved 2005-02-17. 
  6. ^ Kewney, Guy. "Linux database becomes a browser". The Register. Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  7. ^ Powell, Ron. "B-EYE Spotlight Podcast". Business Intelligence Network. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  8. ^ Marino, Chris. "Data Services + Data Browser = BI 2.0". Snaplogic Blog. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  9. ^ Wayner, Peter (19 October 2010). "Top 10 specialty Web browsers you may have missed". InfoWorld. p. 1. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "Announcing Kirix Strata 4.5". Retrieved 10 October 2012.