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e-News November 6, 2008
Issue 142

Visual DataFlex 2008/14.1 Beta 1 released!


Seneca Associates Ltd. appointed as DAW Channel Partner for the Middle East and North Africa


Mastering Visual DataFlex with Data Access Brazil


Online Training program receives high marks


Swedish developers introduced to Front-IT as Channel Partner


Developer Resources


Recent News Recap...


Events Calendar


Links & Subscription Information


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Visual DataFlex 2008/14.1 Beta 1 released!


Visual DataFlex 2008/14.1 Beta 1 released!The Beta 1 release of the most recent Visual DataFlex is available now!

What’s new in Visual DataFlex 14.1? The quick, summary answer is that database management and modeling capabilities are now an integral part of the Studio. Table definitions can be viewed directly from the Studio. Tables can be modified directly from the Studio. Data Dictionaries, the center of your application, can now be viewed and maintained directly from the Studio.

Get more information about Visual DataFlex 2008/14.1.

The Visual DataFlex 2008/14.1 Beta gives you a first look at Visual DataFlex 14.1. All of the major pieces are in place, and you should be able to get a pretty good idea of how it will look and how it works.

If you've got the time and interest in testing software at this stage, we encourage you to give the Beta a test. We welcome your feedback!

To participate in the Visual DataFlex 2008/14.1 Beta test program:

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Seneca Associates Ltd. appointed as DAW Channel Partner for the Middle East and North Africa


Fast and easy Windows and Web database application development just got a little bit faster and easier for businesses and organizations in the Middle East and North Africa with the addition of Jordanian-based Seneca Associates Ltd. as Data Access Worldwide's representative for the region.

The appointment was announced by Nick Nikijuluw, Data Access Europe's managing director, at the Gitex Technology Week 2008 IT exhibition recently held in Dubai.

"The choice for Seneca as channel partner for the Middle East region works out well," Nick said. "In Seneca, we found a partner with lively and strong communicative business networks in combination with high standards for quality and knowledge, who is willing to spread that throughout the business and academic layers in the region. Seneca has shown a strong dedication to making the new partnership a success. Seneca's performance at Gitex was a strong display of this."


Seneca Associates Ltd. appointed as DAW Channel Partner for the Middle East and North Africa.
Nick Nikijuluw, Data Access Europe's
managing director, welcomes Ammar
Zalloum of Seneca Associates Ltd. as
Channel Partner for the Middle
East and North Africa.


Seneca has offices in London and Dubai, and is led by Ammar and Mutasem Zalloum. The company is strongly affiliated with the Royal Science Society of Jordan, a scientific institute founded by the late King Hussein, and through this partnership they have direct entrance into a broad educational system that includes some 24 universities that serve many countries in the region.

Over the past several months, Seneca staff has undergone extensive product and development process training with Data Access Europe, and they have completed their first "pilot project" with Visual DataFlex. Next on Seneca's project list will be the realization of their first large-scale Visual DataFlex project for a freight management system.

In addition, the Seneca team has enabled Visual DataFlex to support the Arabic language, bringing the power of the Visual DataFlex toolset to developers in the region who require a Rapid Application Development (RAD) framework that is finely tuned for easily building and deploying Windows and Web database applications and Web Services. Seneca plans to enter Egypt in the near future as their first step toward a broader introduction of Data Access Worldwide's products to the region.

Seneca's Ammar Zalloum emphasized that the company will also offer IT consultancy and training in order to stay up-to-date with the latest technological advances. In addition, the applications and tools jointly developed by Data Access and Seneca have been developed according to the highest international standards.

See the coverage in the Jordanian press (Arabic language):

Visit Seneca Associates Ltd.

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Mastering Visual DataFlex with Data Access Brazil


Mastering Visual DataFlex with Data Access Brazil!Data Access Brazil concluded their highly successful Fall 2008 Mastering Visual DataFlex presentation series, featuring Ivan Kaupa, author of the Practical Guide for the DataFlex Language, a DataFlex language reference guide written in Portuguese that includes a history of releases and language commands.

Complete stories (in Portuguese language) about the first event on August 27th and the second on September 24th were published in Data Access Brazil's 76th and 77th editions of e-Update, and include photos.

The third meeting of the series featured hands-on demonstrations of migrating older versions of DataFlex and Visual DataFlex applications up to the most recent revision. Look for this story in the next edition of DAB's e-Update.

DAB also held the 3º Visual DataFlex Challenge at FATEC-SP (a famous technology college in São Paulo), which provides an opportunity for students to compare Visual DataFlex to other development tools while they create a Windows application. Look for this story in next edition of e-Update, too!

Visit Data Access Brazil (in Portuguese language):

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Online Training program receives high marks

Data Access Worldwide Training - sign up today!Four weeks into the first ever Data Access Worldwide Online Training Program, developers' response has been overwhelmingly positive.

65% of attendees have thus far completed the follow-up survey regarding their experience with the Online Training Program, and every single respondent has confirmed that they would take additional online training from Data Access Worldwide.

Richard Lackey, a 20 year DataFlex veteran, boasts, "I thought it was great and look forward to the next session. Doug (Goldner) gave an excellent presentation. My opinion, this is how all trainings should be done!"

John Vermeer, a 12 year DataFlex developer, spoke not only of his positive training experience, but also of his experience with Citrix’s GoToMeeting as the interface, "The audio and screen quality were good. And you don't have to go somewhere. That is the big advantage with an online course."

The Online Training Program continues for the next two weeks. There is still time to sign up for Getting Familiar with Visual DataFlex. (At this time, the Converting Character Mode Reports to Visual DataFlex is now full.) A new series of classes starting January, 2009 will be published soon.

Full details can be found at

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Swedish developers introduced to Front-IT as Channel Partner


Following the announcement of Front-IT ApS' expansion as Data Access Worldwide's Channel Partner for Sweden, a Welcome seminar was recently held in Stockholm as a joint effort between the two companies - and the response from the Swedish community was overwhelmingly positive!

The two-day event drew a packed house, and included presentations about Visual DataFlex 2008, AJAX, upgrading legacy DataFlex and Visual DataFlex applications, Microsoft SQL Server and client/server applications, and more.


Swedish developers introduced to Front-IT as Channel Partner.
Front-IT ApS' Charlotte Grønvold
welcomes Visual DataFlex
developers in Stockholm, Sweden.


In addition, longtime developer and DataFlex community leader Sture Andersen showed his new application, dbRésumé, that was written to help gain overview of the structure of a databases.

Says Sture, "When a workspace is opened and a central table selector is operated you can observe table definitions, (semi graphical) relationship diagrams and column values for each table. dbRésumé is capable of sampling the entire database to enable displaying of column values and corresponding frequencies. Depending on the size of the database, this may take some time. dbRésumé may be regarded as an addition to other tools of the genre, for instance VDF Structure Viewer."

Sture also notes, "The 'résumé' part of the name refers to the Danish meaning of the word, which is 'the essence of a longer story.'" (Look for more details about dbRésumé in future e-News editions.)

Front-IT's Charlotte Grønvold, who discussed how the company intends to serve the DataFlex community in Sweden, opened the second day of events in Stockholm.

"Front-IT is very proud to become a Scandinavian Channel Partner and will do our best to serve all the countries in the region," Charlotte said.

Powerpoint presentations from the Stockholm meeting will be available from Front-IT's website as soon as they are available.

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Developer Resources


Data Access Worldwide publishes numerous Technical Knowledge Base articles and White Papers that provide developers with key information about techniques, fixes and strategies related to building and deploying Visual DataFlex applications and related software solutions. We also offer a variety of training opportunities for novice and advanced developers alike.

Data Access Worldwide Training - sign up today!Data Access Worldwide Training

Online (available to all customers worldwide)
Data Access Worldwide now offers online training courses for developers worldwide! Online training offers the opportunity to share our top technical talent's expertise with diverse audiences around the globe, and to deliver both introductory and advanced courses in shorter sessions right to your desktop! Visit for details.

  • Converting Character Mode Reports to Visual DataFlex, November 12, 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM EST (Full; Please check back for future class dates.)
  • Getting Familiar with Visual DataFlex, November 19, 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM EST

Asia Pacific
Data Access Asia Pacific offers periodic training opportunities in the region. For more information, contact, or call 03 9761 3644 (Intl: +61 3 9761 3644).

Data Access Brazil offers Visual DataFlex Professional Certification 2008 in Portuguese. Now you can join the community of Visual DataFlex Certified Professional with worldwide recognition!

See story above for more about recent Data Access Brazil training activities.

All classes are held at the TECDAB (Technical Education Center Data Access Brazil) in São Paulo, and are taught in Portuguese. Get complete information from Data Access Brazil at (Portuguese language).

Data Access Europe offers various training opportunities throughout Europe in concert with our European partners. Upcoming courses include:

  • Visual DataFlex Getting Started Workshop, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 11
  • Visual DataFlex Entwickler Tag, Frankfurt, Germany, November 18
  • Visual DataFlex Getting Started Workshop, Oslo, Norway, November 24
  • Discovering Web Services Training, Munich, Germany, December 1, 2008
  • Codejock Extensions Training, Munich, Germany, December 2, 2008
  • Visual DataFlex Getting Started Workshop, Copenhagen, Denmark, January 7
  • Visual DataFlex Getting Started Workshop, Gothenburg, Sweden, January 26

For more information about each course visit For personal assistance, send e-mail to

North America
Data Access North America now offers a comprehensive training program featuring courses selected and developed specifically to provide developers with the tools necessary to achieve mastery in creating and delivering great applications. To view descriptions of all classes currently offered in North America, please visit For more specific information regarding the classes or to inquire about customized training for your company please contact

Training Books
Two new books about building Visual DataFlex applications and the DataFlex language are available:

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Recent News Recap...


The following stories were recently published in e-News:

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Events Calendar


Visual DataFlex User Groups - Connect with your Fellow Developers!Visual DataFlex Entwickler Tag, Frankfurt, Germany, November 18
Frankfurt, Germany will be the site of the Visual DataFlex Entwickler Tag (Developer's Day) on November 18.

This German language conference will present the latest views on software development focusing on Data Access Worldwide's products in order to assist you with delivering competitive, economical and high-quality applications to your customers.

The meeting will also serve as a platform to present completely new items, such as the new German-language "Discovering Visual DataFlex" book, featuring over 700 pages of training and reference information. Don't miss out - attendees of the Frankfurt Entwickler Tag will receive special discounted pricing on this valuable resource!

Learn more about the Agenda and Registration for Visual DataFlex Entwickler Tag in Frankfurt on November 18.

Synergy 2009, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 18-20
Data Access Worldwide's Synergy 2009 Developer Conference will be held March 18-20 in the city known as The Big Easy - New Orleans, Louisiana!

Visual DataFlex developers worldwide - and anyone with an interest in any of Data Access Worldwide's products and services - should plan to attend Synergy 2009. Learn the latest tips and techniques that make using our software faster and easier than ever, discover the newest technologies that our technical team is developing that will help you in your development efforts, and network with our technical experts and your fellow developer colleagues from around the world!

Laissez les bon temps roules! ~ Let the good times roll!

For this unique conference, we've paired with the Loews New Orleans Hotel. This property is strategically located for our guests to be out of the craziness New Orleans is notorious for, and yet still be amongst the best of what the city has to offer: the famous French Quarter, the French Market, River Walk, street car routes, the Shops at Canal Place, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Harrah’s Casino, numerous well known restaurants – all within walking distance of the hotel's front door!

For more information about the agenda, pre-conference training opportunities and registration, stay tuned to e-News and visit

Note that there will be two pre-conference training days on March 16-17.

Save the dates March 18-20, 2009 - we look forward to seeing you in beautiful New Orleans!

Synergy 2009 - Let the Good Times Roll in New Orleans!


Loews Hotel in New Orleans - the site of Synergy 2009!
The Loews New Orleans Hotel
is strategically located for our
guests to be amongst the best
of what the city has to offer!

Visit the Events Newsgroup Newsgroup for peer discussion about all events.

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