This section describes the system architecture of Natural's Single Point of Development (SPoD).
SPoD allows centralized application development from a single Windows environment. You can use the features of the Natural Studio (provided with Natural for Windows) to develop and test Natural applications in a remote environment located on a mainframe, a UNIX or an OpenVMS platform.
SPoD is based on a client/server concept that allows one single development environment for all platforms. The diagram below illustrates this concept and the major components of the SPoD architecture:
Natural for Windows serves as the remote development desktop client for the target environment on a mainframe, a UNIX or an OpenVMS platform. The desktop client includes Natural Studio, which is the central workstation where users design applications. All Natural-related functions required for remote development can be performed from within Natural Studio.
Natural Development Server plug-in allows remote development for the Natural installation in the target environment on a mainframe, a UNIX, a Windows or an OpenVMS platform. Natural on the target platform plus Natural Development Server plug-in constitute the development server.
Natural Studio provides plug-ins that can be used to integrate one or more Natural add-on products (for example, Predict) into a SPoD environment. The installation of the respective add-on product(s) in the development server environment is a prerequisite for Natural Studio plug-ins.
You can use Natural Security to protect the Natural Development Server environment, and Natural base applications and compound applications. For further information, refer to the Natural Security documentation.
Natural Single Point of Development documentation