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DataFlex 2016/18.2 is released!


DataFlex 2016/18.2 is released and available for download.

This latest version builds on the wealth of mobile, web and Windows features and enhancements in version 2015/18.1 by rapidly responding to developers’ suggestions for functional refinements and operational improvements. In addition, a large investment was made in fixing prior revision bugs to improve developers’ productivity and overall product stability and performance.

“In DataFlex 2015/18.1, we added an extensive array of new features and enhancements in the product core and for mobile, web and Windows apps. That large scope of change leads to opportunities for incremental features, more documentation and suggestions for refinements from the people that use the product every day. With DataFlex 2016/18.2, we have responded quickly with high level of product polish while still providing an almost transparent upgrade between 18.1 and 18.2,” says Data Access Worldwide CTO John Tuohy.

For full details of the new release, read Stephen Meeley’s blog: "What’s New in DataFlex 18.2". Some examples are:

  • New Windows calendar control for the Windows framework for use with prompt lists and other custom needs
  • Windows 10 compatibility updates

  • Resolution of a Windows 10 font spacing issue to accommodate Microsoft’s latest OS kerning changes

  • Uses latest Codejock controls (v16.4.0)

  • DataFlex Framework web enhancements:
    • new Desktop theme that has the modern look of mobile/touch but with smaller control sizing
    • faster display of complex views on clients
    • new parent combo control and web-based Data Dictionary Inspector
    • improved cookie management including support for secure cookies
    • better error handling
    • numerous JavaScript engine improvements for better cross
    • platform compatibility and performance, and layout and alignment improvements
  • New DataFlex Studio/IDE features and improvements:
    • better Table Explorer Table Filter options
    • option to generate .DEF files directly from the Studio
    • configurable pre & post compile processing
    • optimized visual Web Designer for faster, more stable developmentbetter support for JavaScript sub-classing in the Designer

DataFlex Mobile Application Sample screenshot

Highlights of the DataFlex 2016/18.2
release include enhancements to
the mobile extensions included in
the DataFlex Web Framework.

  • New Data Dictionary Smart Relates property can improve performance in large batch operations and when using SQL
  • New String Array functions and over 20 new Date/DateTime and TimeSpan functions that make it easy to set dates and perform DateTime arithmetic

Regarding bug fixes, John says, “Our main goal with this release is to address bugs from several prior revisions, include as many suggestions from developers as possible, and, specifically, to maintain compatibility with DataFlex 18.1 to make sure that migration to 18.2 is easy. If you are now developing in DataFlex 18.1, you will absolutely want to migrate up to 18.2.”