DataFlex Newsletter May

Dear all

Spring is at its peak and summer vacation is just around the corner. But before that, it is a pleasure to announce the following :=)

Beta release 2 of DataFlex 2023 can be downloaded here. In this release we find two new smart features:

  • Collapsible WebList Group
    • Data in lists can now be grouped and collapsed
  • Resizable Columns in Grid Layout
    • An alternative method for layout of a web panel. I.e. alternative to the piColumnIndex / piColumnSpan method

At the same time the FlexTron component is updated. Flextron is a control that can integrate web panels into Windows containers or even an entire web app inside a Windows application.

Flextron can be used to spice up a Windows interface or to gradually migrate a Windows app to the web. This video briefly shows how Flextron can be implemented.

DataFlex Reports 8.2 (2023) has been released and can be downloaded at the following link. No new codes are needed in this release.

A few new features: Adjusted text options so that horizontal text strings have been extended. It is also possible to replace existing page layouts in a report – read more here.

You can chat via DataFlex with ChatGBT

Mike Peat from Unicorn Interglobal is a like child at play. And now he has combined 2-3 APIs to create a DataFlex WebApp that you can converse with.

Our very own Johan Broddfelt introduced “Flexie” (a talking DataFlex App, apparently female) for the first time at SCANDUC 2021 in Copenhagen. It inspired Mike Peat from Unicorn to improve Flexie’s intelligence by connecting DataFlex to chatGPT. Read more about Mike’s reflections at this link (highly recommended :=).

Don’t forget to click on our “Discovering DataFlex videos” – a youtube channel for inspiration and learning done in the best way by Johan Broddfelt. He welcomes suggestions for topics for new videos and can be contacted at the following email:

Kind regards
FrontIoT ApS

DataFlex Newsletter April

Dear all

DataFlex version 2023 is now in Beta 1.

In the upcoming 2023 release there is a new Web Grid Layout, which is worth taking a closer look at. It is a new panel layout system that is now available for web applications. It gives more control over the vertical placement of your controls. The Grid Layout is based on CSS Grid Layout, which is a W3C standard.

Another new feature will be that cWebList now supports grouping of data. When enabled, the user can select the groups via the context menu. Read more about the new features, which are currently being tested by developers from all over the world.

To get started with DataFlex 2023:
– Download DataFlex 2023 Beta 1
– Watch the What’s New in DataFlex 2023 (pre-release) Learning Center course
– Read the What’s New in DataFlex 2023 – Beta 1 section of the documentation
– Share your experience and feedback in the testing forum.

DataFlex Reports 2023 has been released. The following news and adjustments can be found in the new version:
– It is now possible to align the text (center, right or left)
– It is now also possible to use a customized page layer in a report.
– DataFlex Reports 2023 can be downloaded here at the following link.

SCANDUC 2023 is well over and can be described as a success. We have received very positive feedback on both the content and the conference. All Powerpoints can be downloaded on the SCANDUC website.

In the following newsletters we will write about one of the presentations at SCANDUC. And we will start with Johan Broddfelt’s presentation of his Datepicker, which he has also made a video about – click on this link. Let the video speak for itself.



DataFlex Newsletter

Dear all

March is just around the corner and according to the calendar it is spring even though the weather is not quite showing signs of spring – it is still cold. But then you can warm yourself with the fact that we are holding the Scandinavian DataFlex Users’ Conference – SCANDUC in 2 weeks. :=D

Last call for registrations this week. Hurry up!

We can now present a program packed with news presented by the team behind Data Access, as well as inspiring presentations from selected participants. For only 510€ you get two full conference days and a surprise dinner on Thursday evening with all the trimmings.

DataFlex 2023 has just been released in “alpha 2”.

Come to SCANDUC and learn what DataFlex 2023 contains of new features. Among others SQL Code Sense and FlexTron – read more about new features here.

In addition, existing good DataFlex components will be reviewed. You can read more about these useful and ready-to-use components in your DataFlex developme:

DataFlex QR Barcode Scanner​

This standalone component allows you to scan both one- and two-dimensional codes using handheld and mobile devices, which then relays the information directly to your DataFlex web app.

Graphic Library

This “ready to go” component allows for the display of images in your own apps, in almost all popular formats (GIF, JPG, PNG, ICO, BMP and more). Examples that can be applied to the images can be seen on the following link.

Code Jock special offer:

As a DataFlex programmer, there is a special offer that you might want to consider if you already use or plan to use Code Jock for your Windows applications.

30% discount for DataFlex developers who purchase a new Suite Pro license.
Discount Code: DATAFLEX!!
End Date: None

DataFlex developers who already have their own Codejock license get a special 50% upgrade discount by purchasing a new Suite Pro license.

Discount Code: NOWBETTER
End Date: 30-JUN-2023

Can be ordered on the CodeJock online store.


Johan Broddfelt has posted a new video after a long break. Don’t miss this video.

Next newsletter will come at the end of March after SCANDUC, where we will write about selected presentations shown at the conference.

Kind regards
FrontIoT ApS

SCANDUC now open for registration

Dear DataFlexer’s

It is a pleasure to announce the 2023 edition of the SCANDUC conference that will be held at the Scandic Falkoner hotel on March 16th and 17th this year.

SCANDUC 2023 will be packed with presentations of new features of the next version of DataFlex v23 but also many more new exciting stuff to show. Here is a list of topics to be presented at SCANDUC. The highlights are:

  • Flextron. Fit a full-blown web UI inside your Windows applications with FlexTron.
  • Docker used for efficient software development
  • Package Manager
  • DataFlex Reports v22
  • and lots of very exciting stuff that you won’t miss….

The final agenda will be announced shortly.

On Wednesday March 15th we will have 2 training sessions. In the morning Bram Niejkamp of Data Access will guide you through how to set up a build server and testing. In the afternoon Vincent Oorsprong (also Data Access) will show how to make wizards with Flextron. Both trainings are ½ day so you can choose both for only 150€ incl. lunch and coffee.

There is also time for mingling and social events like the surprise evening which always has a twist of something special. Do not wait too long before registering because there are limited seats available. SCANDUC is a small conference which makes it very special.

Hope to see you in Copenhagen.

Best regards
The SCANDUC team 

DataFlex Christmas news

Dear all,  

This year’s last letter from FrontIoT which starts with a Christmas rumor. 🎄It is said that there is a DataFlex 2023 alpha 1 on the way. Here in the office, we are looking forward to it. Keep an eye on the Data Access newsletter Flexlinks. If you are not registered, it can be done on Data Access’ website
Microsoft Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022 are now supported by DataFlex 2022. Read more here.  

DataFlex About & Sysinfo Library. Get an overview of all system information about your DataFlex Windows project. Read more here (for version 2021 and 2022). 

Drag & drop treeview library now available for DataFlex 2021 and 2022 – read more here

Remember to keep an eye on the new video courses at DataFlex Learning center. 
Last released: how to use web technology in its Windows applications. WebView2 in DataFlex.

Some news from the other Channel Partners.
Mike Peat has spent some time diving into the GraphQL world, he will see how it can be used with DataFlex. On the following link to Unicorn’s website, he has documented what he got out of this dive. Mike’s initial work here will help you further if you are considering using GraphQL in the future. 

Remember that we will hold SCANDUC on 16 and 17 March in Copenhagen and classes on 15 March. More about the conference will follow in the next newsletter – where it will also be possible to sign up.
We would like to conclude by wishing our customers and partners a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

From all of us in FrontIoT
Mikkel, Therese, Johan, Klaus, Charlotte

DataFlex Newsletter October

Dear all,

We have the great pleasure of announcing that the Scandinavian DataFlex Users Conference (SCANDUC) 2023 will be held on March 16-17 at Hotel Scandic Falkoner in Frederiksberg, so remember to mark the calendar already now. We have pushed the date to spring so that it is possible to experience an early spring in Denmark. One of the main points will be the presentation of DataFlex 2023.  In the future, DataAccess will, as far as possible, only use the year as the version number for DataFlex in the final release. This is primarily to avoid confusion with version updates. 

While we wait for DataAccess to lift a sliver of DataFlex 2023, we have collected various libraries for DataFlex 2021 and 2022 from DataAccess to download “Free of Charge”

DataFlex Date & Time Library
DataFlex Printing Library
DataFlex Printer Driver Analyzer

Finally, we would like to quote Allan Greis Eriksen, Chief Developer from Novax A/S – after he had looked carefully at DataFlex version 20.x:

“Something happened with runtime! Specifically, the string variables now are native UTF-8. Super feature! Praise to the fact that the source files also are stored in UTF-8. It makes integration to Git and Azure DevOps nicer. For example, æøåÆØÅ in the comments boxes are still intact – Great that the studio has Dark Theme!”

The next newsletter will come in November where we can hopefully take a closer look at 2023.

FrontIoT ApS

DataFlex Newsletter August

Dear all,

Now summer has come to an end, and for many the holidays are coming to an end. We are back at the office, and we are looking forward to an autumn with lots of good DataFlex projects.

Data Access has released small releases in the summer listed below:

We have now hired our intern Mikkel Vig and he will now be part of our DataFlex team – Welcome to Mikkel 👍

Johan Broddfelt has made a video on request from his faithful viewers – watch it at the following link.

In our next newsletter, we will write about an exciting case story that we are currently working on.

FrontIoT ApS

DataFlex newsletter June

Dear All

EDUC 2022 is over – two canceled EDUC events preceded this event and no one could know if a third cancellation would be necessary. Fortunately, this did not happen and EDUC 2022 was a huge success with a large number of participants and a conference program that, both technically and on a more social level, brought togetherness and presentations of a future-proof super optimized product: the development tool DataFlex.

We, hereby,  bring a collection of photos from EDUC at the following link. Please do not miss Johan Broddfelt’s Flexie At EDUC 22 as one of the last presentations at the conference.

All EDUC presentations have been filmed and will be posted on the DataFlex Learning Center over the next few weeks. Participants at EDUC can log in with Global ID and watch the presentations online for free. It is also possible for non EDUC participants to watch the presentations online for a fee of 50 € per presentation or 150 € for all presentations. We can highly recommend seeing them. As John Hartley, Freedom IT enthusiastically stated after his participation:

I am sure that the enthusiasm and motivation that spread to me over the 2 days the EDUC conference lasted, will over the next few years continue to be contagious across the community and beyond.. 
– John Hartley, Freedom IT and consultant at FrontIoT.  

EDUC 2024 will be held in the city of Split, Croatia. Co-organizer will be Peter Bragg from Care-Data UK. Congratulations! We are already looking forward to it.

Something other than EDUC has happened since our last newsletter – below are releases of DataFlex utilities:

News Release:
DataFlex DataPump:
The latest release of DataPump is 64bit and supports Unicode. DataPump can give DataFlex systems that still run on embedded Database (for new developers it is a database that comes with DataFlex) access to BI tools and Excel or a routine migration of the embedded data to an MSSQL database – Read more here.

Graphic Library for DataFlex 2022: With the graphic library attached to your Workspace, you can view images in many popular formats (BMP, ICO, GIF, JPG, EXF, PNG, TIFF, WMF and EMF) read more about the news at the following link

Do not forget to keep yourself up-to date on:
DataFlex Learning Center
Johans Broddfelts Videos
DataAccess website
FrontIoT’s website

Best regards
FrontIoT ApS

DataFlex Newsletter May

Dear all,

Here’s a spring DataFlex newsletter.

DataFlex 2022 has been released, if you have not already read the news then you can find them here.

If you need to update the DataFlex application to 64 bits, the Structure Padding Helper Tool is a superb tool for use in that process. You can read more about it at the following link.

If you are unable to update to DataFlex 2022 yet, a new build of DataFlex 2021 has just been released. Data Access recommends that you download the 2021 Build.

The countdown to the DataFlex User Conference 2022 is underway.  
The registration for EDUC 2022 has been overwhelming and we are close to being fully booked. We are looking forward to a great conference in Iceland. You can stay updated at the following link.

We are very proud to receive the following quote from the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration. The quote concerns the Compensations system, which is developed by Sture Aps in DataFlex.
“We would not be where we are today, had it not been for DataFlex. The applications based on DataFlex facilitated the payment for 6,500 recipients totaling DKK 4 billion. This is not only due to fast and competent consultancy, but also an efficient development environment in DataFlex, which has been able to support our wishes for the applications. DataFlex has supported our agile approach in the development work, and we have therefore saved both time and costs. We have ended up with a very satisfactory result of high quality and with very satisfied users”
Head of Division for the Compensations Unit Merete Roos – April 2022

Welcome to Mikkel Vig, who is our intern. He will primarily learn how to develop in DataFlex. We are happy to have you join the team Mikkel :=)

Remember to stay up to date by watching the weekly video with Johan. The current theme is Data Dictionaries, which is examined in detail by Johan in his quirky way.

You can stay informed about EDUC 2022, 2nd – 3rd June on Twitter, #EDUC2022

FrontIoT ApS 

DataFlex newsletter February

Dear all,

We want to start out with a good story, because we have experienced an increasing interest in DataFlex at a time when solutions need to be developed agile without long project meetings. It’s great and we look forward to DataFlex 2022 being released soon.

DataFlex 2022/20.1 Release Candidate
DataFlex 2022 focuses on significant additions to the user interface of Web and Windows applications. New classes with improved functionality in web apps. Right-click on user designed menus and multi-item menus are, among other things, now supported in DataFlex version 2022. You can read more about this here.

New Channel Partner for DataAccess South Pacific.  Welcome to Marco Kuipers and his team in Australia. The company 28 IT has been a DataFlex house for many years. Now they get the opportunity to help grow DataFlex in Australia and the “surrounding area”.  Read more here.

Jakob Kruse from Sture Aps has developed a collection of custom components that implement different web APIs. It is a very useful and smart thing for any DataFlex developer. He has put them out for free usage on Github. THANK YOU to Jacob for his efforts.

European DataFlex conference EDUC 2022 will be held in Iceland. Remember to tick the calendar on June 2nd and 3rd. If you also want to participate in the workshops then tick the two days before of too, 31 May and 1 June. More about EDUC in a later newsletter.

Finally, some useful links about DataFlex:
DataFlex og Casual Conversations
DataFlex Learning page

The next newsletter will deal with DataFlex 2022.