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March 2004

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In this Issue:

  • Special Offer on Electos
  • Visual DataFlex 10 Out Soon
  • Crystal Reports 10
  • Events in 2004

Special Offer on Electos

Electos, the dynamic content management system, currently comes bundled with extras and we are offering generous discounts until the end of April. Bronze, Silver and Gold Promotion Packs are available in both the Professional and Developer Editions. For more information on these special packs call us on +44 (0)118 988 8709. To discover more about Electos, visit www.electos.com

Visual DataFlex 10 Out Soon

We at Unicorn have firmly believed for many years that Web Services is the way forward and so we are delighted that the next release of Visual DataFlex, Version 10, will be incorporating Web Services’ technology. We know we are on to a winner when we hear programmers, who are involved in the Alpha Testing, extolling its virtues with comments such as:

“Elegant, and easy to create or use web services”

“..if you know web services in .NET, you can do it in VDF, it is as easy, or easier in VDF.”

“For creating simple web services you do not need to know anything about WSDL and such but as things get more complex, you will require a further understanding of parsing XML, WSDL, structs etc.”

We’re fairly certain that in the future all systems will be glued together using this technology, the release of VDF Version 10 will give us a head start.

We’ll keep you posted on the release date.

Crystal Reports 10 for DataFlex

The release of Crystal Reports 10 for DataFlex will be announced shortly and among the more significant enhancements in the new version 10 are

  • a greater end-user interactivity and tighter integration with Microsoft Office
  • it provides broader application integration options with a new Java report engine and advanced server controls for Visual Studio.NET developers
  • it increases the performance and scalability of the industry’s leading web-native reporting.

Not so good is that we have learned that on 1st April 2004 the prices of Crystal Reports are to be increased by between 10-15%. This will mean that there is likely to be an increase in the cost of Crystal for DataFlex. We will let you know as soon as we have confirmation of this from Data Access.

Events in 2004

April 21st Visual DataFlex 9.1 Free Half-day Seminar

Unicorn, in conjunction with Data Access, will be running a half-day event for anyone interested in seeing an overview of the features of Visual DataFlex 9.1. VDF Studio now incorporates both Windows and Web Application development tools and for those attending there will be a 12-month evaluation copy of VDF Studio. There will be no charge for the seminar that will be held at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow. For more information please call us on +44 (0)118 988 8709.

April 21st Free Electos Training for registered users

A half-day Seminar on Electos, the new dynamic content management system, will be hosted by Unicorn and Data Access at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow. If you’d like to join us for this event, please call us to find out how to register on +44(0)118 988 8709.

June 15th-17th Internet World UK

Once again we shall be hosting a stand at Internet World UK show at Earls Court with our sponsor for the event, Data Access. Why don’t you put this date in your diary, we’d love to see you there. More details will follow.

October 6th-8th EDUC, The European DataFlex Users Conference

This year EDUC will be held at the Robinson Centre, Cambridgeshire, situated mid-way between Stanstead and Luton airports. If you’ve not been able to attend EDUC in recent years, we recommend that while it is being hosted in the UK, you take this opportunity to join us and many other like-minded developers in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside.