CorVision goes back 40 years!
In 1972, Lou Santoro and Mike Lowery created INFORM
--CorVision's utility commands (SORT, LIST, CONSOLIDATE, etc.)
to short-cut development of custom applications for
In 1976-'77 Ken Levitt and Dick Berthold ported INFORM to
the PDP-11/70. Cortex was formed to market INFORM-11 and used
it to deliver a 20 user order entry system at Eddie Bauer.
By 1981-'82, with new investment from A. B. Dick, Cortex
ported INFORM to Digital's new VAX/VMS, adding compiled
executables. Digital and Cortex promoted INFORM-11 as a
pioneering rapid application development system.
By 1984, Jim Warner encapsulated INFORM in a
repository-based development tool, naming it Application
Factory. INFORM's PROCESS procedural language became
Builder. In 1986, Application Factory was
In 1986-'89, CorVision solidified as a robust and capable
tool for rapidly building significant multi-user applications
— Rdb support attracted major
Cortex' marketing and support became international.
By 1992, CorVision version 5 arrived with Query and support
for Unix. By 1993 Cortex supported 'vesting' to
Digital's new Alpha line. In 1994, International
Software Group purchased Cortex.
As early as 1987, Cortex recognized the growth in the
popularity of the PC, supporting diagrammatic editing of menus
and data relationships in CorVision. In 1993 a
client-server version was released, but not widely adopted. In 1997 Cortex beta
tested CorVision-10 which generated for PC's but CorVision
itself stayed anchored on VMS. CorVision-10 proved more
difficult than hoped, and was never released.
1994 saw the last innovative CorVision release: V5.11. The
extra-fee Y2K release, V5.12.2, marked the end of development.
In 2002 Order Processing Technologies offers
its CV2VB service, porting CorVision applications to Visual
Basic. In 2003, Order Processing Technologies offers CV2VB
service, porting CorVision applications VB.NET, and the CV2VB
CorVision replacement tool set.
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