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DataFlex - Overview


Designed to build business software faster at lower cost.

One Platform...

For web, mobile & Windows applications

With one language, one Studio, one framework and one place to manage business rules for all environments, DataFlex is easier to learn and less complex to use. The comprehensive, carefully designed technical aspects of the DataFlex platform lead to more productive developers, reduced project and maintenance time and lower costs.

Complete & integrated

Everything needed to build applications

DataFlex is different. It brings together in one comprehensive platform a broad foundation of thoughtfully integrated tools and resources designed for building, managing and deploying business applications. Other products require developers to integrate components to form a sufficient development environment. DataFlex’s set of proven components leads to delivering quality business applications faster.

Program at a higher level

The DataFlex Language

The DataFlex language is an object-oriented programming language that is high-level, readable and easy to learn. The power of the language is that it is uniquely designed to harness the productivity of the DataFlex business application framework to develop reliable, high-performance business applications with less code.

DataFlex Studio

Where higher productivity begins...

DataFlex’s customizable Studio is specifically designed for development with its language and application framework. Visual modeling of web, mobile and Windows applications speeds design. The efficiency and robustness of the Studio, combined with DataFlex’s other well-integrated resources, increase developers’ productivity.  One Studio and one language that build web, mobile and Windows applications means less to learn and less to maintain over application’ life cycles.

Less code; more software

A framework for business applications

The DataFlex framework is a complete, integrated, skeletal structure of a business application. Its resources include database connectivity, a business rules repository, data-aware user interface controls and more for web, mobile and Windows environments. With just one framework, developers are more efficient and write less code so they build and maintain more applications faster.

Your data; your database

DataFlex apps are database independent

DataFlex’s multi-level architecture abstracts an application’s database from its business rules and user interfaces. Optional "Connectivity Kits" include a set of database drivers that allow applications to be deployed on key industry databases such as Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, MySQL, Amazon Aurora, MariaDB and generic ODBC data sources. As requirements change, a database or data source can be changed or added by simply installing the appropriate database driver(s).

Your business; your rules

Manage business rules with Data Dictionaries

In DataFlex, business rules that centrally define table relationships and manage database operations are contained in "Data Dictionaries," a core component of the application framework. They validate all database operations to ensure data quality and integrity. They also enforce UI consistency by defining data’s default visual representation across all devices. Changes made to Data Dictionaries propagate throughout web, mobile and Windows apps. With DataFlex Data Dictionaries, building and maintaining applications is faster and easier and data quality is maintained.

Cloud Ready!

Deploy apps in the cloud or on premise

DataFlex applications can be deployed in the cloud or on premise. Pick any cloud provider - Amazon Web Services, Azure, Softlayer and more. Data Access Worldwide offers Cloud and hosting options, bundled software and cloud infrastructure packages and professional services. Not ready for the cloud? Choose data center or on premise  deployment - which ever works best for your applications and your requirements. When requirements change, change your deployment! DataFlex can take you where you want to go.

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Better business software for your business....

DataFlex successfully powers web, mobile and Windows applications in large, medium & small enterprises in almost every industry sector: transportation, health care, construction, IT, government, travel & leisure, financial services, agriculture, wholesale, retail, public utilities and more.