This page is a collection of the available resources for DataFlex development.
It contains links to other websites and has a list of recommended books and magazines that contain information that may be of use for a DataFlex developer.
The selection is based on contents, _not_ products.
Please drop us a note, if you know of a valuable resource that is not listed in here, or in the case that you find a dead link.
Windows OS Related
MS SQL Related
Data Access Worldwide
The official website of Data Access Corporation. They are the developers of DataFlex, Visual DataFlex and WebApp Server.
An excellent resource to consult if you encounter problems within the DataFlex language.
Australasian distributors of DataFlex, but besides this they also have a nice collection of white papers and downloads.
Developers of ORAFlex and SQLFlex. Direct Drivers for client server solutions with DataFlex using SQL servers, such as Oracle, Microsoft SQL, PostgresSQL and MySQL. Check out their support menu for useful tips when you use these drivers.
Starzen is a well known third party developer that offers many add-on tools such as pluspak! and publishes the Visual DataFlex Developers Journal. Besides this they also host a FAQ database on their website and a message board for their products.
The WebApp Search Page is a webapp search interface to the DataAccess newsgroups build by Sture Andersen.
Looking for an answer to a specific question? Chances are pretty high that someone else already stumbled over it and discussed his problem in the newsgroups. This tool allows you to quickly search all the newsgroups which you can use before asking your question.
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A brazilian open source site, note that all the articles are in portuguese, but that's just to make it more challenging for us non-portuguese speaking developers isn't it?
Out Of The Box Consulting Inc.
contains a number of interesting classes, packages and documents written by Oliver Nelson. Make sure to also have a look at his normal website located at http://www.ootbc.com
Applause Software Multimedia
Multimedia training videos with tips and tricks for if you want to get your feet wet in Visual DataFlex and/or Object Oriented Programming. The following videos are currently available; "The Need For Subclassing", "Business Rule Exceptions"
and "Subclassing the IDE"
Formerly known as Sonata Software.
German DataFlex Forum
This is a forum for german dataflex developers in the german language
A wiki for DataFlex Developers, this is the place to describe your findings with DataFlex and how you solved a typical DataFlex problem. After signing up you are allowed to make changes anywhere in the site. They use Mediawiki engine, so if you are familiar with wikipedia, you can already use it now. Go check it out!
Several free software packages from David that can help you enhance your applications.
Title: Mastering Visual DataFlex
Authors: Michael Salzlechner, Stuart Booth and David Lisle, Publisher: Starzen Press.
Covers Visual DataFlex and windows programming. Topics: Object Oriented Programming, Deploying, Mouse, Drag and drop, Reports, external controls, Multimedia, bitmaps and cursors, writing a wizard, the DataFlex Database API, Resizing and locating, Floating menus and window styles and messages.
Title: Discovering Visual DataFlex
Author: T.M. Arnett, Publisher: Data Access Worldwide.
Basic programming in VDF6, Topics include: using the IDE, the database builder and the other tools in the product. They also walk you through some examples.
Links to websites of current DataFlex Usergroups are:
DataFlex Developers User Group
Mutual Support for Better DataFlex Applications
Australian & New Zealand Developers in all kinds of DataFlex
UK DataFlex Special Interest Group
The UK Sig is a usergroup for WebApp and DataFlex Developers. On their website you can read more about past and upcoming events.
European DataFlex User Group, the website for the EDUC 2003, which was in Monaco.
The Dataflex International Software Developers Conference is usually held in Carson City, Nevada, USA
Your online resource for all the technical questions you may have about one of the windows Operating Systems or one of MS's products such as SQL Server.
This is also the place to be for your security updates
Microsoft Software Developer Network (MSDN)
Your online resource on development questions for the windows operating system. This site contains complete API descriptions and development examples and descriptions for most of MS their products. Examples of these are Visual Studio and IIS
Windows API guide
A site about programming the windows API for Visual Basic
Using DLL's with DataFlex
This document extends existing DataFlex documentation and provides basic information and suggestions on DLLs. The discussion is from the point of view of an experienced C/C++ and DataFlex programmer. DLL issues, however, cover a broad and advanced range, so this discussion is far from exhaustive
This site has source code in many languages such as C/C++, VB, Delphi, Assembler, Java, Pascal and much more.
The SysInternals Web site provides you advanced utilities, technical information and source code related to Windows 9x and Windows NT/2K internals.
The original dependency walker that is also supplied with the MS Visual Studio suite. You can use this tool to find missing or incorrect DLLs when having deployment troubles.
Internals.com has info about undocumented aspects of the windows operating system taken from a system developers point of view. The website as some very interesting articles and utilities to check out.
Windows OS Books
Title: Programming Windows
Author: Charles Petzold, Publisher: Microsoft Press.
Covers many topics in the windows environments. Topics include: the basics, dialog boxes, unicode, graphics, kernel, printer, dlls, multitasking, multithreading, MDI and programming the inter/intranet. Knowing a bit of C/C++ makes it much easier to read.
You can get a free subscription to the oracle magazine by subscribing at the link above.
Oracle Technology Network
A huge library for the Oracle products. The place to be for downloads, training and support. (download Oracle 9i from here if you want to test it)
MS SQL Server Homepage
SQL Server and Windows 2000 server compatibility
This page answers many frequently asked questions about using Microsoft Windowsr 2000 Server with existing versions of SQL Server.
SQL Server Fast Facts
Discover what you need to know to compare SQL Server 2000 to its competition, or to see if it is the right product for you.
SQL Server Resource Kit
Look at free sample chapters and download some of the tools included in the resource kit for SQL 2000.
The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)
Dedicated to preserving the central coordinating functions of the global Internet for the public good.
IANA - assigned portnumbers
List with all assigned portnumbers
The Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C)
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential.
Website with valuable tips on how-to make your website viewable from within any browser
Online tools to perform traceroutes, WhoIs, rWhois, safe browsing, get the real IP of an obfuscating URL, Reverse DNS, Blackhole lists, IP Whois and more.
Windows 2000 URLScan Security Tool
This link points to the URLScan security tool from Microsoft that can be used to harden your IIS webserver. URLScan has now actually become a part of the IIS lockdown wizard
Windows 2000 Security Hardening Guide
The guide is a step in Microsoft's efforts to help customers get secure and stay secure. It provides detailed security guidance on Microsoft Windows 2000 that is authoritative, proven, tested, and supported by Microsoft's support services. The guide is designed to allow users to assess and mitigate a wide range of significant security issues that may exist in their environment. You can also Download
this guide, complete with the security templates.
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