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DataFlex is an advanced software development 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.

Download the latest Dataflex version – DataFlex 2017 / 19.1

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.

Interested in DataFlex software development?

If you’d like a quick overview of what DataFlex is about, watch the DataFlex Introduction video (below), which is the first in a series of short videos about DataFlex software and explains the advantages of using it.

DataFlex Introduction video

To see how easy it is to create Web and mobile touch applications, watch the other instructional videos in the Discovering DataFlex series.

Not sure if you think DataFlex is for you? Then try DataFlex for free using the DataFlex Personal Download.

DataFlex for Web and mobile apps development

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.

DataFlex software programming

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

Find out more and download a free trial version of DataFlex today.

DataFlex Features

Key features of DataFlex are its DataFlex Web Framework, the design Studio and support for web services and multi-user database operations:

DataFlex Web Framework

The DataFlex Web Framework supports two styles of web applications: Desktop and Mobile/Touch.

Desktop Web applications

The DataFlex 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 and some examples are shown below:

Web application theme - Example 1
DataFlex Web application theme – Example 1
Web application theme - Example 2
DataFlex Web application theme – Example 2
Web application theme - Example 3
DataFlex Web application theme – Example 3

DataFlex Mobile/Touch applications

The mobile/touch style extends the web framework to allow a single a Web application to work well on a range of browser devices from mobile phones, to tablets on up to desktop browsers. The same classes, both DataFlex and JavaScript, are used to build either style application.

Example of a DataFlex Mobile Touch application
Example of a DataFlex Mobile Touch application

The DataFlex Web Framework Library’s 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.

DataFlex Studio – a flexible, integrated design environment

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

DataFlex WebApp Server

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.

Support for Web Services and Service Oriented Architecture

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.

The applications that you can create within DataFlex manage multi-user concurrency without the need for any special coding.

Database connectivity

The following database connectivity kits are available for you to develop for (or migrate to):

  • Oracle
  • IBM DB2
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Actian PSQL
  • any database which supports ODBC functionality

Learn more about the available database connectivity kits.

DataFlex Software – Benefits for End Users

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.

DataFlex Software – Benefits for Your Business

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.

DataFlex’s 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