The Synergy 2019 Agenda is still a work in progress. Below you will find many of the presentations that will be given. Stay tuned, more to come!

Monday, March 18th

Welcome to Synergy 2019!

PRESENTER: Chip Casanave, Data Access Worldwide

The next generation DataFlex is in the making, which will include support for 64-bit and Unicode. What will change, and how will changes affect the work for DataFlex developers? Let’s have a look to see what the project entails, and what you can expect.

PRESENTER: Harm Wibier, Data Access Europe BV

Join us for a closer look at the latest release of DataFlex. The new capabilities of DataFlex 19.1 touch every area of the product; from the installation experience to more streamlined application deployment, and everything in between. We’ll provide an overview of all the changes you can use to take your Web, Windows and service-based applications to the next level.

PRESENTER: Stephen W. Meeley, Data Access Worldwide

Tuesday, March 19th

Delivering a balance of stability and continuity along with new, advanced software capabilities today’s fast-paced technology marketplace.

PRESENTER: Chip Casanave, Data Access Worldwide

What kind of changes are going to be needed to get your applications ready for 64-bit and Unicode? Are your applications using the latest techniques and coding standards? What will be your strategy for moving your applications forward? We have the answers you need to future-proof your applications and will demonstrate how the new compiler warnings can be used to get you there with minimal effort.

PRESENTER: Stephen W. Meeley, Data Access Worldwide

How one long-time (3+ decades!) Dataflex programmer who was reluctant and skeptical about migrating from the embedded database to an SQL database became an enthusiastic believer that every Dataflex developer should do just that! This session will explore the history of experiences that triggered that change of heart and demonstrate various real-world examples, from simple to complex, of how this developer leveraged the power of SQL with Dataflex applications.

PRESENTER: Bob Cergol, Data Access Worldwide

Vincent will present all of the changes made in recent versions of DataFlex Reports including the new version 7. The new cross tabs, edit in preview and the use of a specific locale and more are features that developers can easily take advantage of to quickly create customer-satisfying results.

PRESENTER: Vincent Oorsprong, Data Access Europe BV

This new feature of the Web Application Server allows you to expose flexible API’s into your applications. It is the basis for REST services and helps us move away from classic ASP. Learn how it works and how you can use it!

PRESENTER: Harm Wibier, Data Access Europe BV

The DataFlex Graphics Library was first introduced with DataFlex 14. In this presentation we introduce a new update that’s available now and how you can use it. The latest graphics library can now be used in both Windows GUI and Web applications and supports BLOBs and copy/paste.

PRESENTER: Vincent Oorsprong, Data Access Europe BV

Adding security and scalability to your web application deployments using the DataFlex Security, Performance, Load-Balancing and Fail-over (SPLF) server is easier than ever. Come see how the new features of DataFlex 19.1 streamline the process.

PRESENTER: Stephen W. Meeley, Data Access Worldwide

DataFlex Studio offers all you need to develop powerful applications. This audience-interactive session will help us find out what the needs of DataFlex programmers are outside of the current Studio’s toolbox. We will share some thoughts and ideas – feel free to bring your own wish list for this Synergy session!

PRESENTER: Nick Nikijuluw, Data Access Europe BV

Wednesday, March 20th

UPDATE – Due to the unexpected change in the ship’s itinerary, we will be hosting the “Talk with the Experts” in the meeting room on Deck 2 from 10:00am to 1:15pm. Thank you for your understanding. We’ll see you there!

Both developers and Data Access Worldwide benefit from open dialog about the key products and environments that make up our software domain. To provide an opportunity for topic-focused exchanges between Data Access and developers we will be hosting the following 60-minute, interactive sessions. Data Access Worldwide product experts will answer questions, share knowledge and gather the oh-so-important feedback that guides so much of what we do. Come, learn and share your own experiences in these three topic areas:

SESSION 1: DataFlex Studio – John van Houten

SESSION 2: NexGen Q&A – Harm Wibier & Stephen Meeley

SESSION 3: DataFlex Reports – Vincent Oorsprong

Thursday, March 21st

The DataFlex Reports visual report designer and its wizards are getting better and better. In this presentation Marco will share how to use this tool effectively in order to create affordable and great looking reports. He will present some tips and tricks, share his subclass and discuss some features like its automated document archive.

PRESENTER: Marco Kuipers, 28IT

The DataFlex WebApp Framework has matured into a versatile platform. Lets take a step back and look at how it can be used to build powerful, modern web applications. Get ready for a fast paced session that will discuss the latest controls with the latest theme and show off the simplicity of the web designer.

PRESENTER: Harm Wibier, Data Access Europe BV

New in DataFlex 19.1 are deep links and history management support. This comes together with improvements in the navigation system for drill-down applications. John will explain how to migrate your existing applications.

PRESENTER: John van Houten, Data Access Worldwide

This session will describe the use of SQL and grids to create operational tools and multi-use components to reduce application code in a large, mature ERP environment. Included are user, operator and in-line SQL statement submitters using token replacement, a result set display grid with multiple export capabilities, universal lookup using stored queries and a standardized report output grid.  Demonstrated code will be available for download.

PRESENTER: Frank Valcarcel, Cove Systems Inc.

Strong security is essential for web applications in today’s world. João will introduce the DataFlex Security Library and talk about the most common vulnerabilities found in web apps and how to mitigate them using web app security best practices and settings

PRESENTER: João Maurício Rinardo, Data Access Latin America

RESTful APIs are a hot topic these days – applications and their developers benefit from them – we’ll explain why. It has been possible to create REST APIs in earlier versions of DataFlex; the new cWebHttpHandler class in DataFlex 19.1 makes doing this much simpler and more efficient especially when using a library of classes that Mike has built and published. He will give an overview of REST and show you how a basic API can be developed using his library in just a few minutes.

PRESENTER: Mike Peat, Unicorn Interglobal

A 2018 Stack Overflow survey reported that MySQL and the compatible MariaDB and AWS Aurora, accounted for an amazing 77% of the database market. With this level of popularity and to offer developers more economical, high-performance database alternatives, MySQL is now on the list of SQL servers supported in DataFlex 2019/19.1. This presentation’s first segment will introduce MySQL and compatibles and their cloud options. The second segment will include a MySQL demonstration using familiar DataFlex sample applications, describe our testing methodologies and performance test results including a Microsoft SQL comparison and conclude with recommendations, tips and advice for using MySQL successfully with DataFlex web and Windows applications.

PRESENTERS: Marcia Booth & Chip Casanave, Data Access Worldwide

DataFlex can handle multiple sets of data in a single application such as a SaaS web application where different clienDataFlex can handle multiple sets of data in a single application such as a SaaS web application where different clients cannot be allowed to access another’s data. In this presentation we will show you how to implement multi-tenancy in your applications and give you tips to make it successful.
ts cannot be allowed to access another’s data. In this presentation we will show you how to make your application a multi-tenancy application and give you tips to make it successful.

PRESENTER: Vincent Oorsprong, Data Access Europe BV

At the age of 40+ years, Data Access Worldwide has stood the test of time. Not without challenges, ups and downs. But it is a proven, durable company, preserving its corporate-, product- and community’s DNA over decades of extreme and extremely rapid changes. Within the next decade, we will be hitting the 50-year mark… How?

PRESENTER: Nick Nikijuluw, Data Access Europe BV

It’s still your option to choose a dining location on Thursday but to wrap up what we hope will have been a great conference and cruise, we would like to have as many of the Synergy 2019 attendees, Data Access Worldwide staff team partners come together in the main dining room for the final meal of the event. Hopefully that will just be the beginning of a great evening!