June 2, 2004
Issue 55


Electos 1.1 CMS launched
ASCKEY Data Services' Web App among best in Europe
MS SQL CK 3.0, CrossMerge Beta Test updates
Welcome NORDUG!
Football fans - play the VDF Euro 2004 Football Pool and win dinner on us!
Developer Resources
Events & Training
Links and Subscription Information

Electos - Easily Manage Your Content!

Electos 1.1 CMS launched; features unmatched ease of use without compromise!
Data Access Worldwide is pleased to announce the release of Electos 1.1 - our powerful Content Management System (CMS) that offers unmatched ease of use without compromising the full capabilities of the Web!

New Content Editor
Electos 1.1's new Content Editor delivers a number of new features and enhancements, including:

  • Advanced text formatting options such as removing format from selected text, creating advanced tables, and inserting special characters into your content;
  • HTML source-level view of your document;
  • Easily add HTML forms to your website.

Major Improvements and New Features
But the new Content Editor isn't all that Electos 1.1 delivers - check out these new features and advancements in Electos 1.1:

  • Redesigned data entry forms;
  • New reference window that offers information about a page's publishing properties;
  • Improved password administration;
  • Improved presentation of object information via a new tooltip feature;
  • Advanced menu generation;
  • Automatic new website settings;
  • Improved HTML source editing;
  • "One-click site upgrade" feature making it easy to upgrade a website using the Electos Site Manager!

Take the preview tour of Electos 1.1.

Download the Electos 1.1 installation and readme files from:

We recommend that you review the readme.txt file before installing the Electos 1.1. Note that a Visual DataFlex Web Application Server or Studio version 9.1 must be installed in order to use Electos.

The Electos Newsgroup is an excellent resource to get help and share your experiences and knowledge with other users:

For up to date information about Electos and to acquaint others with the product, please refer to www.Electos.com.

DAW Synergy 2005 Developer Conference dates, location set
Synergy 2005 - the premiere conference for all Visual DataFlex developers and stakeholders worldwide - is set to return to one of the world's premiere locations for beach fun in the sun - the Sonesta Beach Resort Key Biscayne in Miami, Florida on June 6-8, 2005!

Join your fellow Visual DataFlex developer colleagues, business partners and the Data Access Worldwide team for three days of the latest technology, collaboration, networking and a little celebration as well. Pre and post-conference training sessions will be offered. Further details will be announced as they are confirmed, but we can assure you now that this is one conference you will not want to miss, so mark your calendars today!

Sonesta Beach Resort Key Biscayne


ASCKEY Data Services' Web App among best in Europe
ASCKEY Data Services Ltd were selected as an Information Management 2003 Awards Finalist for their Web application developed for the U.K.'s National Health Service Estates (NHSE), an agency of the Department of Health (DoH). The ERIC 2003 Web application project has involved ASCKEY in both building the application and hosting data collection services for NHS Estates.

Asckey Data Services & NHS Estates at the IM2003 Awards Ceremony
Julia Wilson (left) and Martin Pincott (center) of ASCKEY Data Services join with the NHS Estates Project Manager (right) during the IM2003 Awards Ceremony.

"The data collected provides the basis of much of the strategic planning in respect of buildings and general Estates Management at all levels from local NHS Trusts through to the DoH itself," says Jill Pincott, ASCKEY'S managing director. "We believe that, certainly within the timescale of the project development short listed, this had been the only successful development of large scale data collection and analysis that had gone into use within the DoH."

ASCKEY Data Services is a Data Access Worldwide UK Channel Partner and longtime provider of Visual DataFlex powered business solutions in the United Kingdom. The UK NHS is the largest employer in Europe, and operates the largest Intranet (NHS Net) in Europe. NHS Estates' mission is to advise on and enable a modern environment of care for NHS services. NHS Estates fulfils this mission by managing the public sector estate and facilities management services - from strategic estate strategies and the planning of buildings to meet the modernization of clinical services, through to the concept of the well-serviced hospital - creating an environment that provides front line support to patient needs.

"This project has been 100% effective in pioneering on-line data entry and result analysis via the Web within the NHS," says a spokesperson for the NHSE.

The Information Management Awards are "the premier industry recognition of excellence and innovation in the management of business information and knowledge in an e-business environment." The success criteria for receiving the award are the "delivery of significant and definable business benefits," as well as innovation and originality.

"We are exceptionally pleased that in three categories we were right up there with the best in Europe, having qualified in the Intranet, Business Intelligence and the Premier Project award categories," Ms. Pincott says. "We are pretty proud to get into the top 25 out of what we now know was 350 European projects!"

Since ASCKEY's industry recognition via the IM2003 Awards, the company has taken on several new projects with the NHSE.

"The original ERIC project has now become part of a much more ambitions estate and facilities management Information Portal, with the techniques pioneered with ERIC being the basis for an increasing number of data collection exercises, the latest involving balanced scorecard type systems with immediate feedback of local performance via color coded 'traffic lights' derived from the scorecard data submitted," says Ms. Pincott.

Read the full story about ASCKEY's partnership with NHS Estates (PDF).

See the list of IM2003 Awards finalists and winners.

Visit ASCKEY Data Service Ltd.

Learn more about the Visual DataFlex Web Application Server.

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MS SQL CK 3.0, CrossMerge Beta Test updates
The Beta Test program for the Microsoft SQL Connectivity Kit 3.0 is wrapping up and the product is scheduled for release in early June, however the current Beta expired on Monday, May 31. To extend the Beta expiration date, read the MSSQL CK 3.0 Beta extension thread in the Connectivity Kit 3.0 Beta Support newsgroup at:


Read more about the complete line of DataFlex Connectivity Kits.

CrossMerge - Easy-To-Use Data Migration Tool!

The Beta Test program for CrossMerge is continuing, and we are asking all interested persons to participate. CrossMerge is a data connection and migration tool that simplifies moving and synchronizing data between different types of databases and/or across different locations. CrossMerge supports virtually all database formats, including MS-SQL, IBM DB2, Pervasive.SQL, Oracle and DataFlex, as well as ODBC compliant databases such as Microsoft Access, Excel, MySQL, Informix, Progress, Interbase, and many others.

Complete information about the Beta program is available in the CrossMerge Newsgroup at:

You can download the CrossMerge 3.0 Beta 1 build from the Data Access Worldwide FTP site at:

Visit www.CrossMerge.com for more information.

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Welcome NORDUG!
All of us at Data Access Worldwide extend a warm welcome to the latest user group to join the Visual DataFlex developer community - the Norwegian DataFlex User Group (NORDUG).

NORDUG is organized for "Developers of Windows and Web applications using VDF and related tools," and will meet quarterly.

For more information, contact Ulf Leandersson.

Visit the NORDUG website at www.nordug.org (Norwegian language).

Sign up for the NORDUG e-mail list.

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Football fans - play the VDF Euro 2004 Football Pool and win dinner on us!
Football fans worldwide are encouraged to participate in the Visual DataFlex Euro 2004 Football Pool and enter your prediction for who will prevail in the tournament and win a prize! During the Championship you can enter and change your predictions at any time, right until the game starts, to aim for one of the 3 top positions and win a free dinner!

"We are oiling the machine so that we will have an excellent tournament," Euro 2004 tournament director António Laranjo said, as Portugal prepares to deliver the largest sporting event in its history. Euro 2004 games are scheduled to begin June 12 with host Portugal taking on Greece. The tournament concludes on July 4.

All friends of Data Access Worldwide are welcome to join in the fun by visiting www.DataAccess.nl/euro2004/.

For more information about Euro 2004 Championship, visit the EUFA Euro 2004 website, the U.K.'s Sky Sports or ESPN's Soccernet.com.

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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 DataFlex applications.

Latest Technical Knowledge Base Articles

Below are the latest articles added to the Knowledge Base by the DAW technical team:

VDF General:

INFO: The right location of parentheses in an expression is important

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Events & Training

EDUC set for Cambridgeshire, England, Oct 6-8
The European Data Access Users Conference (EDUC) will be held Oct 6-8th, 2004 at The Robinson Centre, Cambridgeshire, England. The center is a purpose built conference and entertainment center located less than an hour from London, and 40 minutes from Stansted and Luton airports, which are the prime destinations for low cost air travel to the UK from the whole of Europe.

The EDUC conference is "held in the spirit of cooperation and interchange of experience among developers, producers and end users from Europe and the rest of the world." This year's organizers have picked the Extreme theme, as representative of both the current Data Access development philosphy, and of the new capabilities for development (especially Web development) that EDUC wil be bringing to you.

Special pricing on software packages will be offered to all registered attendees. ASCKEY Data Services, a Data Access Europe UK Channel Partner, is organizing this 2004 conference. For more information visit the dedicated Web site at www.EDUC2004.com.

"Meet Me in St. Louis" - October 1-2, 2004
The fourth annual "Meet Me in St. Louis" conference, hosted by the VDF-Midwest Developers User Group, is scheduled for October 1-2 in St. Louis, Missouri. Stay tuned to e-News for more information as it becomes available.

Save the Dates! Developer Conferences set for 2005
Developers from around the world will once again join in Carson City, Nevada on February 10-12, 2005 for the DataFlex International Software Developers (DISD) Summit Meeting. For further information and discussion about DISD, visit the DISD website and newsgroup.

Data Access Worldwide will hold its Synergy 2005 developer conference in the second quarter of 2005 at a venue located in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area. Complete details will be published in e-News as they become available.

Data Access Worldwide Training Programs
Data Access Worldwide and its training centers offer developers an extensive array of product training programs for Visual DataFlex, VDF's Web Application Server, DataFlex, database connectivity, and reporting including Crystal Reports. Contact Sales@DataAccess.com for more information.

Read more about North America and International training programs, training offered direct by Data Access Europe, or visit Data Access Brazil's Event Center for training programs and events offered in Brazil (Portuguese language).

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