Asckey Data Services Ltd logo - click for high-res version

Visual DataFlex 2008 adds OS Support for Microsoft Vista and Citrix Delivery Center, and Simplifies Application Skinning


May 28, 2008, Press Dispensary. Asckey Data Services announces Visual Dataflex 2008. As channel partner for Data Access Europe (the European subsidiary of the authors of Visual DataFlex for Data Access Worldwide), Asckey is introducing the 2008 release (VDF version 14) which adds operating system support for Microsoft Vista and Citrix, and further extends the Codejock component support, particularly the skinning capabilities first seen in Visual DataFlex v12.1

As with the previous release, this latest upgrade of a long-established software development favourite comes with a free personal edition, ideal for new users.

Microsoft Vista Support
Visual DataFlex 2008 adds support for deployment on Microsoft Vista. In particular, Visual Dataflex 2008 understands the user access control (UAC) features that arrived with Microsoft Vista.

Visually, each new version of Windows means re-assessing application look and feel, and usually some consequential changes. Visual DataFlex 2008 can automatically correct for any application appearance changes that may be needed.

Citrix Support
Visual DataFlex 2008 also adds support for development and deployment of Windows and Web applications on Citrix Delivery Center. This extends support for Visual DataFlex application use from the existing Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000 (SP4) and Windows Terminal Server environments.

Codejock Skinning
Visual Dataflex 2008 application skinning capabilities, using the Codejock visual components introduced with VDF 12.1, have been made even easier to use in this latest version. These offer new opportunities for creating data entry applications of the highest visual quality, consistency and user friendliness across all the currently supported Windows versions.

Visual DataFlex combines the power to create complex business computer applications and the resources to build - quickly and easily - attractive and user friendly database functionality into a single, easy to use package. It is targeted at all developers, irrespective of their level of experience, and covers both Windows and Web application development. The same Business Logic that drives a Visual DataFlex Windows application is used in building a web version of the application, eliminating the need to maintain two different source code versions of the same application.

Visual DataFlex 2008 is available as a free development tool for non-commercial, personal use. The personal development licence is unrestricted and, like the commercial licence, includes access to multiple data sources, web development, and the Electos CMS system, as well as Windows development and the new Codejock components.

Equally at home in building Windows or Internet applications, or in developing client and server web services, Visual DataFlex today powers a surprising number of very complex, professionally built business applications. And yet Visual DataFlex is easy enough for the non IT specialist to handle

Visual DataFlex (Windows or Web applications) offers Enterprise level connectivity to any SQL or ODBC data source without application source code changes. Visual DataFlex distribution options allow for access to any data source and include low cost provisions for “Express” database edition usage.

Chris Hibbert, marketing manager at Asckey Data Services Ltd, says: "We are finding that businesses are consolidating separate local databases onto a single server accessible via Terminal Services or Citrix. We ourselves are hosting a number of such applications accessed in this way. The formal support and deployment provisions now built into VDF 2008 for these platforms confirms Visual DataFlex’s suitability for heavy duty use in such geographically distributed scenarios."

- ends -

Notes for editors
Asckey Data Services Ltd has been involved with Visual DataFlex development since 1994, and has been a prime channel partner for Data Access Worldwide since 2001, running the successful UK VDF special interest group and other UK events for Data Access Worldwide.

The company's application development effort is based on Visual DataFlex – including a web database application used by the Department of Health - while its prime Windows/web facilities management system is used by many UK NHS trusts, with several trust implementations hosted at Asckey’s server facilities via the NHS’s private “Connecting for Health” intranet.

For further information, please contact:
Bernard Hill, Commercial Director
Asckey Data Services Ltd
Tel: 0845 270 7747

Media contacts

Bernard Hill, Commercial Director
Tel: 0845 270 7747