OpenROAD is a project with a long history. It all started with ABF (Application By Forms), a development environment for ‘Green Screen’ fat client applications on Unix and the Ingres DBMS, where you write code with a domain specific language called 4GL .
ABF applications are ideal for fast data entry operations and still widely used in mission critical systems around the globe.
Then, Windows 4GL emerged, allowing the creation full-blown of GUI applications. Later, when Ingres became Open Ingres, Windows 4GL was revamped as OpenROAD; a RAD solution for creating fat or thin clients on Linux and Windows platforms, supporting not just Ingres but also a variety of other DBMSs.
With OpenROAD you could also transform your client into a rich e-client and port your app to the Web by means of loading the runtime into the browser in the form of an ActiveX plugin for Internet Explorer or Firefox.
But the story does not end there; through PhoneGap the resulting HTML5 application can be converted to what look like native apps and run on mobile devices as well.
An end-to-end holistic solution for taking your app to the Web
For more details you can watch the online presentation
Actian Openroad and the Mobile Revolution.