DataFlex is an advanced software tool for building DataFlex Web, mobile and Windows database applications. As DataFlex UK experts, we can advise on all aspects of using DataFlex for software programming.
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Produced by Data Access Worldwide, DataFlex combines rapid development with well organized, reusable and maintainable code - so you can build Web applications and Web services of all sizes and complexity.
The DataFlex Introduction video (shown above) is the first in a series of short videos about Dataflex software and explains the advantages of using it. To see how easy it is to create Web and mobile touch applications, watch the instructional videos in the Discovering DataFlex series.
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DataFlex software enables you to create reliable, high-performance applications for Windows and the Web because of its extensive support for the entire development life cycle and standardised, efficient approach to building software applications.
The DataFlex integrated development environment (Studio IDE) lets you build, maintain and develop business applications quickly and easily.
Key benefits of using DataFlex as your software development tool include:
an easy to learn graphical interface that assists rapid development, even for new users
wizards, code generators and a class library to reduce the lines of code that have to be manually written
reusable, shareable resources to simplify maintenance
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Key features of DataFlex are its DataFlex Web Framework, the design Studio and support for web services and multi-user database operations:
The DataFlex Web Framework supports two styles of web applications: Desktop and Mobile/Touch.
Desktop Web applications
The desktop style lets you build browser based applications that look and behave similar to a traditional DataFlex Windows application. A number of themes are provided:
DataFlex Web application theme - Example 1
DataFlex Web application theme - Example 2
DataFlex Web application theme - Example 3
DataFlex Mobile/Touch applications
The DataFlex Web Framework Librarys pre-defined classes and components enable developers to build fast, feature-rich, great-looking web applications with less code. It includes both the foundation for building AJAX (or "Web 2.0") applications, as well as a sample application that shows developers how to do it.
The design and implementation of Windows and Web applications follows an intuitive and well designed process assisted by wizards, editors and explorers, examples of which are:
a logic editor that accelerates code production by supplying lists of context sensitive options and information
integrated source-level debugging to quickly help trace and correct problems
a table editor and table explorer for designing/managing databases
The DataFlex WebApp Server is an integrated component of DataFlex, for deploying browser-based applications, Web Services and service oriented architecture (SOA) solutions. Read about DataFlex WebApp Server.
Where static web pages are no longer adequate, building, publishing and consuming web services is part of the DataFlex Studio.
Developers can focus on writing the application logic from which DataFlex will automate the process of creating a publishable web service.
Automatic support for multi-user database operations
The applications that you can create within DataFlex manage multi-user concurrency without the need for any special coding.
DataFlex has its own powerful, embedded DataFlex database for you to use "from the box", or you may prefer to use one of the industrys other leading database servers, providing you with a database independent development environment. Your applications can be easily deployed on the Database Management System (DBMS) of your choice, without needing code-changes, using Connectivity Kits. These kits provide application transparent database connections and they also will convert your data from one DBMS to another.
The following database connectivity kits are available for you to develop for (or migrate to):
Learn more about the available database connectivity kits.
While it is important that DataFlex makes sense for businesses and their developers, far more important are the benefits that deployed DataFlex applications can deliver to end users.
As you would expect from a development tool created by an industry leader, DataFlex application interfaces provide end users with clear navigation, prompts, validation and help. The adherence to standards and the structured development environment ensure that quality is built in, providing end users with easy to use, efficient and reliable applications.
The tiered development system is designed to accommodate the latest trends in distributed, rule-based, client/server database application architecture. The combination of the DataFlex methods and the integrated development environment provides an easy-to-master environment.
DataFlexs extensive range of utilities and tools mean real business benefits:
shorter application development cycles mean lower costs
a structured development environment for standardised development
code generation for better results, faster
minimal overheads to change/upgrade database back-ends
a single, comprehensive system to create applications for all key platforms; web/windows
Overall, the time and expenditure on development and support can be significantly reduced, without compromising quality, due to the reduced development time, use of shared resources and generated code.