A few weeks ago we released some great new features in neXtep designer : the ability to generate your database delta scripts for other vendors. That means that from now on you could start your development using your favorite database and finally export to another. This feature is (so far) only accessible through the contextual menu : "Show SQL > For another database vendor".
We think that these days some new development usages are coming : people develop from laptops, they develop at company's offices, then they develop at home or during transportation then they get back to work and need to resync. We need tools that can adapt to those new ways of doing work. You can have a mysql database on your laptop, an Oracle database at work, etc.
You need some more use cases ? Ok, so you start a project and have not yet stated the database that will host your developments ? You have an Oracle database but your company decided to cut-off expenses and switch to MySQL... Or you are developing a platform-neutral product and need to deploy your product everywhere.
Well, to answer all those needs, and the ones that we have not yet thought of, we started this big project : being able to deploy your developments on any database. Of course it has limitations, of course you cannot use stored code or triggers with that kind of developments... but for models using standard functionalities, that works!
It is still experimental, we are waiting for your feedbacks on forums. Our next big move will be to support portable repositories. and it follows the exact same objective : allow you to work everywhere, in teams. We are building remote neXtep repositories that you will be able to connect to. You will also be able to work offline / synchronize back your changes to the repository. This is a huge change for neXtep, we will keep you up to date in the coming months.