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These users want a very basic easy to use database that does a lot of basic things simply and easily without to many bells and whistles. I believe Lantica has provided such a product. Sesame can be used out of the box without much fuss to accomplish many tasks. Very little learning is involved to accomplish many of the basic database features. At the same time they have laid the groundwork for users who want more features, more control and more sophisticated applications. From a user standpoint I get the best of all worlds, a building block approach to my application. I can start with the basic and if I desire to put the effort in and learn more, I can add much more power to my application. Thank you Lanticans for giving us a product that is so versatile and gives our applications the ability to grow in the future. I am only one user but I know my feelings are felt by many others and with customer loyalty a great product and time you will make Sesame's path the beaten path.
  Robert Scott
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Sesame Database Manager is compatible with Symantec Q&A. Q & A users will find that Sesame uses many of the same keystrokes, the same search syntax, and almost the same programming syntax as used in a Q&A database. Sesame can also translate Q&A databases. Find out more.


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After Symantec released the American edition of Q&A 5.0 for DOS in 1995, it publicly announced that there would be no further development (upgrades) of the Q&A product line.

During the summer of 1998, representing a joint venture between Professional Computer Technology Associates (PCTA) and Marble Publications (publisher of The Quick Answer monthly Q&A newsletter), Bill Halpern and Tom Marcellus entered into negotiations with Symantec Corporation to purchase its Q&A product line outright, including source code, trademarks - the works.

We came very close to signing a final agreement, but in the end Symantec's legal department uncovered some insurmountable (to them) legal issues that it felt couldn't be resolved, and negotiations broke down.

In September 1998, Symantec dropped all in-house sales and support for Q&A, officially referring all pre-sales and sales-related inquiries to PCTA and all technical support inquiries to PCTA and Marble Publications.

Symantec clearly communicated its wish that we take care of its Q&A customers. Symantec has since been referring people inquiring about Q&A to our group as the future providers of a 32-bit solution for Q&A.

With no further Q&A product development, everyone who uses Q&A is being forced away from it. Future Windows versions will not support DOS programs or even Windows 3.1 programs.

Current and future hardware does not/will not support DOS programs such as Q&A either. Today, large computer manufacturers are selling units that do not physically support the Expanded Memory that is recommended for Q&A 4.0 and essential to Q&A 5.0. There is also the problem of DOS programs (and Windows 3.1 programs such as Q&A for Windows) running unreliably in hard drive partitions greater than 2G.

We could see a looming dead-end for Q&A and, of greater concern, a dead-end for Q&A users whose businesses and organizations lived and breathed on their vital Q&A databases and applications.

As a result of efforts spearheaded by Bill Halpern of PCTA, a group of leading Q&A consultants, developers and "power" users came together and formed a company to design and market a Q&A follow-on product. Not a product that would be called Q&A, but a totally new product built from the ground up that would be Q&A-compatible. Our group began meeting in 1999 after development on the new product had already begun. Lantica Software, LLC was formally registered in the State of Pennsylvania in June 2000 as a limited liability stock corporation.

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It should be a real compliment to Sesame to be able to have non programmers like us accomplishing the tasks we desire using Sesame and Sbasic
  Robert Scott
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