Product History

PxPlus and PxBasic are not just a flash in the pan, the core technology has been around for a number of years constantly being updated and enhanced in order to address the ever changing needs of the development community that has come to rely on it.

From its beginnings as Honeywell Business Basic running on a DPS-6 mini-computer, through Sybex Business Basic, ProvideX, and now in its lastest incarnation PxPlus and PxBasic, this technology has provided a stable and constantly evolving development platform for over 25 years.

Making this all the more remarkable is that PVX Plus Technologies continues to this day being managed and guided by the original author and designer of the core product.


1982 Mike King founded Sybex Ltd, the company that ultimately goes on to develop PxPlus and PxBasic.
1984 Sybex creates Honeywell Business Basic which runs on the Honeywell DPS-6 mini-computer family and enters into a worldwide distribution agreement with Honeywell.
1986 Sybex Business Basic (SBB) version 1 is created for DOS and Unix system. This product is initially sold on an OEM basis to a number of developers in and around the Toronto area.
1992 First Windows version of SBB developed and name changed to ProvideX. BBICON Incorporated to market ProvideX worldwide.
1995 Version 3 of ProvideX released which added numerous features including line numberless programs.
1997 Sybex Ltd. and BBICON purchased by State-of-the-Art which later becomes Best Software, part of Sage Ltd of Newcastle Upon Tyne UK.
1997 Version 4 released adding new 'C-style' programming operators (+=, ++, -=, ...), multi-line IF statements, memory resident work files.
1998 Version 4.02 provides a new graphical editor, TCP access, thin client-server technologies, and imbedded IO procedures.
1999 Extended data storage capabilities to allow for multi-segmented files breaking through the 2GB maximum file size on all operating systems. Control property access was added to the language to provide dynamic changing of control attributes.
2000 Added direct access to COM modules, their methods and properties.
2001 Version 5 of ProvideX released removing string length limitations, access to ORACLE, Drag and drop functionality, charting control, and many other features. Object oriented programming methodologies now supported by the language.
2004 Version 6 increased the flexibility and functionality of the ProvideX data storage system increasing the number of table indexes and maximum table sizes. A new report writer was added along with new a print viewer. OLE server technologies allow ProvideX applications to be imbedded into other applications.
2005 Initial version of PxPlus delivers its first batch of enhancements including items such as enhanced memory files, auto-complete input, Apache HTTP interface, and much more. In August Version 7 of ProvideX hits the streets.
2006 PVX Plus Technologies celebrates its first full year in business and continues to provide new enhancements for PxPlus such as MySql interfaces, integrated FAX delivery, and Widgets and its president (Mike King) celebrates 20 years of service and providing technology to the Business Basic community.
2008 The first release of iNomads allows Windows based graphical Nomads applications to be executed on the Internet.
2010 PVX Plus Technologies acquires the ProvideX business from Sage Software and assumes worldwide distribution rights and ongoing product development.