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Suprtool for HP-UX Now Reads Oracle Databases

Sorts data much faster than Oracle. Includes data export capability.

VANCOUVER -- April 23, 1996 -- Robelle Solutions Technology Inc. today announced the release of version 3.8 of Suprtool, the data access utility for HP-UX. With this newest release, Suprtool/UX can access Oracle views, in addition to reading and writing data files with fixed-length records. Suprtool/UX now allows users to select and sort data from Oracle, and to link multiple tables into a single file for subsequent reporting or processing. A new Suprtool module, STExport, lets users prepare data for export from HP-UX to virtually any other application or operating platform, without their having to write custom programs.

With Suprtool/UX, users get the best of many worlds. Oracle users benefit from the familiar SQL syntax for Oracle selections, while users migrating from MPE can use the same commands in HP-UX as in Suprtool/MPE. Users can choose between SQL or Suprtool sort commands, using the one that gives the best performance. For example, by using Suprtool's Sort command instead of the Order By clause of SQL's Select command, users can reduce their sort times by up to 75 per cent. Because Suprtool sorts data up to four times faster than Oracle/SQL does, CPU resources are freed up for other applications. Users can, therefore, get more work done in the same amount of time.

With STExport, users can now prepare data in formats that can be imported into spreadsheets, MS Access, and Oracle, on such platforms as PCs and UNIX. In addition, STExport offers numerous formatting options. For example, users can format dates the way they like, can specify their choice of field delimiter characters, if any, and can remove trailing blanks from character data.

Suprtool/UX 3.8 is being shipped to all users who have an active support contract. The optional Oracle database access module is available now. Robelle charges the same price for all models of HP-UX processor; this one-price-fits-all policy means customers do not have to pay upgrade fees between models.

Robelle is a leading developer of software tools for Hewlett-Packard operating systems. Robelle products include the Qedit full-screen editor for HP 3000 and HP-UX, and Suprtool for HP 3000 and HP-UX. For more information, please contact Robelle at 1-800-561-8311 or by e-mail at

Suprtool and Qedit are trademarks of Robelle Solutions Technology Inc.
HP 3000, MPE, and HP-UX are trademarks of Hewlett-Packard Company.
Oracle is a trademark of Oracle Corporation.

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