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Last chance to win a bottle of bubbly!

June this year marked Unicorn’s 20th anniversary. To mark the occasion we have been publishing a different quiz over a series of newsletters. For each quiz, the first three entrants to send us the correct answers will each win a bottle of champagne. That’s all there is to it, it’s just for fun and you may be a winner.

Just answer the following questions:

  1. With which country did Hungary remove border restrictions on August 23rd 1989?
  2. Which Spanish artist (born 1904) died on January 23 1989?
  3. Which Satelite television service was launched in Europe on February 2nd 1989?
  4. On which date was Barbara Clementine Harris consecrated as the first female bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America?
  5. Which country won the Eurovision Song Contest on May 6 1989, with the song Rock me?

The first three correct entries that we receive for this quiz will win, so when you’ve got the answers, send them to us at rsvp@unicorninterglobal.com, with COMPETITION in the subject line.


Mike Peat’s ’JavaScript Fundamentals’ at ScanDUC 2009.

Unicorn’s Mike Peat will be at this year’s Scandinavian DataFlex Users Conference (ScanDUC) on the 24th and 25th September in Stockholm, Sweden.

Before the conference, on the 23rd, Mike will be delivering “JavaScript Fundamentals” training, illustrating how JavaScript is much more than just a little scripting tool, but is a complete and powerful language suitable for developing the sophisticated Internet and Intranet applications that seem likely to be the future of much of software development.

The training is aimed at all developers who want to improve their knowledge of JavaScript, get the most out of the language and build the skills to develop complex, browser-based applications. Some knowledge of HTML will be helpful for those who wish to attend this training, as although it starts with the basics, it will progress to more advanced topics.

On Thursday 24th, Mike will be presenting Web 2.0 Applications – a highly informative discussion about how you can use the latest design approaches and development techniques to build feature rich, browser based applications with functionality to rival desktop applications.

Not only is this event a great opportunity to find out the latest news and developments within the DataFlex community, but also to meet with Mike, and your fellow DataFlex users.


Congratulations to Neil Cordell

Earlier in the year Unicorn sponsored one of our consultants, Neil Cordell, to complete the London to Brighton cycle ride. Neil took part in this famous event, the UK’s largest charity bike ride, to raise money on behalf of the British Heart Foundation.

Here’s what Neil had to say about the event:

A day out in Brighton, I was told – the journey will be fun, and it’s all for a good cause too.

The 2009 London to Brighton bike ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation attracted around 27,000 people. Starting at Clapham Common we wound our way through South London and the fringes of major cities and through towns and villages.

The riders were dressed up and the spectators lining the route were in party spirits, keen to take part and support from the sidelines. Ten miles in and everyone was happy, “Hey, this is easy”. Twenty miles in and it started getting quieter. Thirty miles and all you could think about was the next stop. Forty miles in, “Oh dear whats hurting now?”.

At forty eight miles, Ditchling Beacon loomed before us. Dare I say most of us walked it. But the ride down into Brighton, and of course the fish and chips, made it all worthwhile.

Maybe my next trip to Brighton will be by more conventional means. I would love to say “next year”, however, last time I saw my bike it was sinking slowly at the end of the pier.

I would like to thank everyone who sponsored us, it really does make a difference.

Neil completed the race in good time and raised over £300 for this worthy cause. Well done Neil!


Diary Dates

Front-IT will be hosting the Scandinavian DataFlex Users Conference (ScanDUC), in association with Data Access Europe. This event will be held at the Radisson SAS Strand Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden, on the 24th and 25th September 2009. There will be an extra training day on the 23rd September.

The DataFlex International Software Developer’s (DISD) Conference takes place in Dallas, on the 9th and 10th October 2009, with a pre-event training day on the 8th October. A packed agenda for this event, includes technical sessions and demonstrations by leading Visual DataFlex developers.

The European DataFlex Users Conference (EDUC) is a 2-day conference, at Seefeld, Tirol in Austria, on the 4th and 5th March 2010. The event is also being referred to as SKIDUC, to reflect both the season and the location of the conference. The event will deliver technical lectures about Data Access products, including programming tips and tricks.