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NOW, EVEN THE COMPUTER-WARY CAN WRITE PROGRAMS
When it comes to creating software for specific business applications, companies run into a perennial problem: The people who know what the program should do aren't the people who know how to program. Typically, the marketing department, for instance, describes what it needs, then hands the project to the computer department and hopes for the best. Borland International Inc. says it has a way to turn all sorts of business professionals into programmers.
Called Object Vision, the new IBM PC program lets nonprogrammers create applications by answering questions on an on-screen form. The program is automatically converted into a series of boxes representing business rules that are connected by lines to indicate the correct sequence of events. The final program appears as an electronic business form. Object Vision applications can also tap into data-base programs such as Borland's Paradox or Ashton-Tate Inc.'s dBase. Object Vision lists for $495, but it will be available at $100 for the first 120 days following its introduction, scheduled for Feb. 19.EDITED BY PAUL M. ENG