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DataEase 8.5 sum-up !
Dear All DataEase 8.5 users.
It is a little over a year since we put the lid on DE8 development and moved on to DE9. This after doing continuous development on DE8 from pre-release to release of 8.0 on the 31 st of July 2013 and onward to the final release of 8.5 in April 2017.
In this time we have added more functions and functionality than was in the product up to and including 7.2.
A lot of the stuff we did in 8.x was to future proof DataEase so we just sped on instead of trying to capitalise on the improvements.
DE9 will soon be with us and it is again the biggest leap forward between any versions of DataEase ever.
The last version of 7.2 was build 947 and the first version of DataEase 8 was 1353 which will make the difference between 7.2 and 8.0 only approximately 400.
But anyone that has used both 7.2 and 8.0 will already scream out that it was a massive difference....
Then when you then find out the difference between DataEase 8.0 and 8.5.Final (2674) was the same as entire Development from 7.0 via 7.1, 7.2 to 8.0 i..e more than 1300 builds.
This article is about the more than 1700 builds difference between 7.2 and 8.5 final but just to kick start your imagination....the difference between 8.5 final and the current version of DE9 is already more than 900 which is the biggest build gap between any major releases of DataEase ever by a magnitude over 2/1 and it will be closer to 3/1 before we release.
Anyhow, back to the issue at hand - DE8.5 Sumup.
DataEase 8 was always a project were DataEase was playing catch-up after years of being left fallow by the previous publishers. We stormed forward without always taking the time to explain what we were doing and what the benefit would be for you as a developer or user.
We can guarantee that this will become very clear in DE9 but there is nothing wrong in reviewing what we have been doing over these 5 years.
The documentation is not formalized in books but is completely online and maybe a little unstructed. However that doesn't mean its not exhaustive.
You can search any function in the Function Library and it will always start with the newest additions.