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Progress Open Sources ABL Code with Release of Spark Toolkit


New toolkit enables modernization for OpenEdge-based applications

(NASDAQ:PRGS), the leading provider of application development and
digital experience technologies, today announced the release of
Progress® Spark Toolkit, a set of open source ABL code and recommended
best-practices to enable organizations to evolve existing applications
and extend their capabilities to meet market demands.

Previously only available from Progress Services, the Spark Toolkit was
created in collaboration with the Progress Common Component
Specification (CCS) project, a group of Progress® OpenEdge® customers
and partners defining a standard set of specifications for the common
components for building modern business applications. By engaging the
community, Progress has leveraged best practices in the development of
these standards-based components and tools to enable new levels of
interoperability, flexibility, efficiencies and effectiveness.

"As part of the CCS, we've gained invaluable information and access to
components and best practices," said Bruce LeBel, CEO, ProStar. "It has
also enabled us to contribute to, and impact, the efforts of other
Progress customers and partners. By open sourcing the ABL code for these
components, Progress is demonstrating that they want to do whatever they
can to ensure the success of their customers and partners."

There are currently 10 components available within the Spark Toolkit.
The first three are required components focused on starting up and
bootstrapping sessions, business services and an authentication
component. The remaining components focus on everything from connecting
to a service, to logging and catalog management, tagging and mapping and

The toolkit's compliance with the CCS means that customers avoid
component lock-in risk and can choose from a variety of vendors that
implement to the standard. It is compatible with the latest version of
OpenEdge, 11.7, and is available under Apache License 2.0. More
components are expected to be added in the future.

"We have many customers and application partners who are modernizing and
transforming their business applications to compete in an increasingly
demanding marketplace," said John Ainsworth, Senior Vice President of
Core Products, Progress. "The Spark Toolkit arms them with ways to
simplify and speed their modernization, delivering a competitive

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About Progress
Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS) offers the leading platform for developing and deploying strategic
business applications. We enable customers and partners to deliver
modern, high-impact digital experiences with a fraction of the effort,
time and cost. Progress offers powerful tools for easily building
adaptive user experiences across any type of device or touchpoint,
award-winning machine learning that enables cognitive capabilities to be
a part of any application, the flexibility of a serverless cloud to
deploy modern apps, business rules, web content management, plus leading
data connectivity technology. Over 1,700 independent software vendors,
100,000 enterprise customers, and two million developers rely
on Progress to power their applications. Learn about Progress at or

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