HART Communication Foundation Chooses Visual SlickEdit Code Editor as Foundation for Its New Integrated Development Environment
Visual SlickEdit-based solution will allow over 150 process automation consortium members to efficiently develop, test, maintain and support electronic device descriptions

Morrisville, NC — August 14, 2003 — SlickEdit Inc. and HART® Communication Foundation today announced that the Visual SlickEdit® code editor will be the basis of the Foundation’s new Device Description Integrated Development Environment (DD-IDE) used by the consortium’s member companies. The new DD-IDE will provide configuration templates for the 12 million plus HART-compatible process plant instrumentation devices in use worldwide and more than 70 percent of the intelligent process instrumentation devices being sold each year. This decision by HART Communication Foundation (HCF) is a testament to the strong business value added by Visual SlickEdit, the most comprehensive and flexible code editor available.

The HCF is an international consortium of 150 member companies, including multi-national automation suppliers ABB, Endress+Hauser, Emerson Process Management, Fuji, Honeywell, Invensys, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, Toshiba, Yokogawa and others who use the HART Protocol in their process instrumentation products.

Visual SlickEdit’s rich features, combined with its multi-platform, multi-language support, will enable HCF members to increase productivity while reducing costs. Visual SlickEdit provides the same look and feel across Windows, LINUX, and UNIX platforms and over 40 programming languages, making it easy for development teams to program on different platforms using the same code editor.Wally Pratt, Chief Engineer for the HART Communication Foundation commented, “HART uses a specialized language for modeling process instruments called Device Description Language (DDL). The DDL has proven to be very robust and stable over the past ten years and soon it will become an international standard of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). There are millions of lines of DDL code for hundreds of types of different instruments.”

Pratt continued, “The new DD-IDE powered by the industry leading Visual SlickEdit code editor provides our members with a powerful tool suite to efficiently develop, test, maintain and support the Electronic Device Descriptions for their products. Preliminary release “beta” versions of the new DD-IDE are being tested by HCF members with the final release planned for December.”

The HCF chose Visual SlickEdit for its rich set of coding tools and its customizability from a language perspective. The ability of Visual SlickEdit to function the same way on multiple platforms, including both Linux and Windows, was a key factor in the Foundation’s decision to use Visual SlickEdit. HCF members will use the Visual SlickEdit based IDE to create and maintain templates for configuring and interacting with their HART-enabled intelligent instrumentation products.

Bob Bradley, Vice President of Sales and Business Development at SlickEdit, added, “We are excited that HCF chose Visual SlickEdit as the framework for their DD-IDE. Their selection of Visual SlickEdit demonstrates that the intelligent process automation industry, like many other vertical industries, can benefit from an integrated editor and differencing/merge tool. The new DD-IDE will enable HCF members to reap the development productivity benefits that a full-featured multi-platform editor provides.”

About HART Communication Foundation
The HART Communication Foundation, an independent not-for-profit organization, is the owner and standards setting body for the industry leading HART Communication Protocol. Established in 1993, the Foundation provides worldwide support for application of the HART Protocol and ensures that the technology is openly available to benefit the global industry. Simplicity, low life cycle costs, wide product selection and the inherent interoperability of HART-enabled devices make this well-established technology a powerful process communication solution. The Foundation, celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, has offices in Austin, Texas, and Basel, Switzerland. For more information on HART Communication, HART-capable products, or the Foundation, go to www.hartcomm.org.

About SlickEdit Inc.
SlickEdit Inc. provides software developers with the most comprehensive and flexible code editor they can use. SlickEdit products, proven across a wide range of programming languages and on Windows, Linux and UNIX platforms, enable even the most accomplished developers to code faster and meet increasingly aggressive deadlines. Formed in 1988, SlickEdit is a privately held company located in the center of North Carolina’s Research Triangle area. For more information, please visit www.slickedit.com.

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