Data Access Worldwide consistently focuses on making DataFlex a stable, reliable, high productivity application development platform. We also evolve DataFlex in a manner that will maintain developers application investments by providing continuity across product revisions.
In addition to adding new features and capabilities for developers, we must also enhance the DataFlex platform to utilize other widely accepted technologies and industry standards. We are excited to announce two important, platform enhancing initiatives that are underway now:
Although Unicode and 64-bit are different technology implementations, the two projects are being carefully coordinated with the intention that they will converge and be delivered in a single, new DataFlex release. More technical details and release dates will be published in the future.
All current Microsoft Windows OSs are 64-bit Windows 10 for the desktop and tablets and all versions of Microsoft Windows Server. Simply, 64-bit is the current and future specification for operating systems and Data Access Worldwide is in the process of building a version of DataFlex for them.
64-bit Windows operating systems run 64 and 32-bit applications. While some applications today let you choose between 32 and 64-bit versions, many, such as Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 and DataFlex, are only available in 32-bit. To take advantage of 64-bit specifications and to be able to create compatible 32-bit applications from the same code, 64-bit DataFlex will enable developers to build and deploy both 32 and 64-bit applications. This will provide maximum flexibility for applications and customers that remain in 32-bit environments and a smooth path to the future when 64-bit is needed.
64-bit DataFlex project status
Unicode is a computing industry standard for the consistent encoding, representation and handling of text expressed in most of the worlds writing systems (Wikipedia). It incorporates a total of 136,755 characters that make up all 139 of the worlds written languages. Simply, Unicode is the standard for character data.
A Unicode DataFlex will provide
Unicode DataFlex project status
Goals for the converged 64-bit Unicode DataFlex product
We will keep you updated as these initiatives progress and look forward to delivering them when they meet the standards of performance, reliability and stability that is expected of all DataFlex products.