Database Application Development

Database-centric Rapid Application Development

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Faster Development

Use component-based interactive development environment to speed new functionality


More Versatile Client Support

Interfaces to Java, .NET, web and mobile clients


Quicker Deployment

Centralize and simplify deployment to a variety of remote clients and versions

What is OpenROAD?

OpenROAD is a database-centric, object-oriented, 4GL rapid application development (RAD) tool that lets you develop and deploy mission-critical, n-tier business applications on Windows, Linux and Unix. OpenROAD connects to databases such as Ingres, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Zen and Actian X and supports additional databases using ODBC.

OpenROAD Makes Application Modernization Easy

OpenROAD migration tools modernize “green screen” Ingres ABF applications by converting ABF forms into OpenROAD frames. Encapsulating ABF business logic and deploying it in an OpenROAD Server preserves and protects application development investment. You can transform OpenROAD thick-client applications to browser-based equivalents without the cost, resource, effort, and risk associated with rewriting or replacing code. Developers can then extend these applications for web and mobile deployment, using HTML5 and JavaScript.

Key Benefits

With OpenROAD, developers can quickly build and deploy high performance and high availability business applications on a variety of platforms, accessing a broad range of data sources. As a result, you can react to business changes faster and protect your investment in  mainframe and client server data and applications.

  • Modernize “green screen” Ingres ABF and thick-client OpenROAD applications with minimal code changes
  • Create and deploy web and mobile applications with the same functionality as desktop applications
  • Protect system and database investments by integrating them with new applications
  • Re-use existing and third-party components to accelerate development
  • Decouple business logic from presentation and database functions to increase performance and availability while reusing business logic across applications
  • Re-deploy applications to other platforms without changing code
  • Easily expose business logic as a web service
  • Develop centrally and deploy remotely to a variety of clients and servers

Rapidly and cost effectively build applications that meet today’s high performance and availability needs

Decouple business logic from presentation and database functions increasing performance and availability incrementally and inexpensively

Quickly deploy those applications across a variety of platforms

Re-deploy applications to other platforms without changing code

Protect existing system and database investments by integrating them with new applications

Easily expose business logic as a web service

Re-use existing and third-party components, speeding development further


HSS Hire uses OpenROAD for logistical applications that manage its entire inventory of rental tools and equipment.

  • Provides complete equipment management and hire services to large businesses, trade and DIY customers
  • Enables HSS account customers able to view their invoices and transactions online and also view up-to-the-minute current equipment availability
  • Supports a nationwide network of over 265 super-centers and branches
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Bucap uses OpenROAD to develop its own document management software application

  • Powers self-service portal to improve responsiveness
  • Accommodates user requests for changes and new features easier and faster
  • Increases development team productivity and reduced costs
  • Supports over 450 customers with more than 5,000 user accounts, adding over 65K scanned documents per day, for a library of nearly 500M documents

Lufthansa Systems uses Actian OpenROAD to develop its Lido/FlightPlanning solution

  • Used by hundreds of airlines to ensure correct flight planning and flight safety
  • Shares updates on a new flight path, a new flight restriction, an airport closure or severe turbulence on the horizon with its customers
  • Ensures that airlines and pilots en route can get their passengers and their cargo safely to their destination
  • Calculates optimal flight routes to generate millions of dollars in fuel cost savings

OpenROAD Features


Tagged Values/Custom Extensions

Customize OpenROAD more richly, with simpler code

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Codeless 1-Pass Application Restyling

Restyle existing applications without writing new production code



Predefined frame setup will reduce custom runtime and setup time


Customizable Field and Frame Behaviors

Speed up customization and keep business logic free of display code

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Userclass and Display Generator

Leverage database information to deliver improved display functionality



Managed OpenROAD client deployment from a central server


Unicode support

Allows existing applications to support national characters via UTF8 with little to no code changes

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Syntax Highlighting

Script editor supports syntax highlighting of 4GL and SQL

OpenROAD Connects to Legacy Data

Rapidly develop and prototype interactive client elements connected to a variety of servers and data sources, including Ingres and other relational databases (using Enterprise Access).


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