In this Issue:
- Highlights From EDUC 2010 in Seefeld
- Visual Report Writer Discounts Still Available
- Diary Dates
Highlights From EDUC 2010 in Seefeld
The conference was a resounding success with plenty of interesting and relevant presentations about the latest developments in Visual DataFlex, Electos, the AJAX framework, Dynamic AI and the Codejock Library to name but a few. In addition, the were some terrific presentations on how to get the most out of the tools and demonstrations of what can be achieved.
There were generally two main strands to the agenda, which was in English, but with a parallel German track where possible: Web-based applications and application development on the one hand, and a wide range of reporting solutions on the other, with old standards such as Crystal Reports and Dynamc AI being joined by presentations on the VPE (Virtual Print Library) for Visual DataFlex, List and Label and the new Data Access Visual Report Writer.
Exceptions to these trends were Data Access CTO John Tuohy’s presentations, focussing on the VDF Studio and, for the future, the new VDF Grid class; Data Access CEO Chip Casanave’s exposition of how to achieve SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) in Electos and Martin Pincott, Peter Bragg and Ian Smith’s demonstrations of the Codejock Active-X library of visual controls for VDF.
All this was washed down by large quantities of good Austrian beer and excellent entertainment. You can see some of the pictures on the EDUC 2010 site. A very successful and enjoyable conference was concluded by the choice of the next EDUC venue, which was closely contested between Bali (an Australian suggestion, to be combined with their annual Corroboree event), Iceland (Front IT) and Spain (Moose Software), with Spain winning by a narrow margin, the proposed location being close to Vigo in Galicia.
If you weren’t fortunate enough to attend EDUC this year, we hope to see you at the next EDUC conference in Spain.
Visual Report Writer Discounts Still Available
Data Access are releasing the Developer Edition of their new reporting tool, Visual Report Writer, this month. For a limited time only the following special introductory discounts are available for Visual Report Writer purchases:
- March – 40% discount
- April – 30% discount
Main features of Visual Report Writer include:
- A visual report designer, with wizards and ’drag and drop’ functionality, to help you create precise, professional reports.
- Visual Report Writer works with a wide variety of ODBC data sources including Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, Oracle, MySQL, Pervasive SQL, PostgreSQL, Microsoft Access, the DataFlex embedded database and more.
- A range of output options, for example, reports can be viewed on screen, printed and exported to PDF.
- Easy integration of reports into your Visual DataFlex Windows applications, with the help of a wizard.
- Royalty-free deployment of reports integrated with your Visual DataFlex Windows applications.
- The ability to lock your reports, so no one else can modify them.
Learn more about Visual Report Writer.
- Structure and syntax, data types, operators, expressions, variables, objects, arrays and functions, conditional execution, loops and exception handling.
- More advanced aspects such as anonymous functions (lambdas), namespaces, modules and closures.
- CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) API, browser incompatibilities and what to do about them.
- The browser event model and event listeners.
- The XMLHttpRequest object which forms the basis for Ajax-style web applications.
You will be given examples relevant to the training material to install, which you can use to follow along with the course and/or for later study.
VDF Special Interest Group (SIG) – United Kingdom
This event takes place on the 17th June 2010, and will cover the latest developments and points of interest in the VDF community.