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DE8.5 - How to make generalised Language Version with ExecDQL and GetCurrent() etc.

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How to create language versions of documents has been discussed before.

How to acheive t...

Written by DataEase 09/06/20 at 18:50:01 Dataease [{8}]FIVE

How to print a barcode via HTML


In Principle you can use the same font in HTML.

Just need to set it on the tag.


Written by DataEase 06/04/20 at 15:17:00 Dataease [{8}]FIVE

L4D - Creating New Application in L4D and why all apps are located in B:\

You can create a new application in any location on your computer.

SImply add a name for your new application, browse to the location you want to use, and hit SAVE and the Session will be...

Written by DataEase 02/04/20 at 15:20:10 LegEasy DOS

L4D - How to print with color in LegEasy4DOS

We got a request today from a customer that was testing LegEasy4DOS. 

As he was very enthusiastic about what he could accomplish we decided to set aside some to help him...

Written by DataEase 25/01/20 at 18:21:12 LegEasy DOS

DE9 - How to use DE8 Custom Menus etc.

First thing first, you can keep your DE8 filemenus, toolbar and tab bar in DE9 (even catalog) if you want to.

You can do this either programatically via SetCurrent() ex. SetCurrent("File...

Written by DataEase 18/01/20 at 12:42:51 DataEase 9 Developer

Beta 33% 09.11.19 - A Dataease version fully built in - Dataease

The time has come and today we let the cat out of the bag - for the first time we let anyone outside our closet partner network see and play with DE9.

We call it Beta 33% but don't make that put you off. It is a fully working replacement for DE8.5 which was the first milestone we wanted to reach before we let it out.

However it is much more than that which you will quickly find out. The reason we call in 33% is because it is at this stage only 33% of our ambition for DE9.

So within these 33% you find all the functionality from DE up to and including 8.5 final with over a 100% new functionality partly revealed today and to be revealed and evenly spaced out increments over the next 3 months.

100% DataEase

LegEasy4DOS Professional is a "pioneer" that showcase the future of DataEase.

No! The future is not retro, and the bit about it that is pioneering is not the fact that you can fun DataEase for DOS applications.

That feature is basically just how it should always have been and a catch-up with our history.

Take a closer look - The entire product is made IN DataEase following up on a "slogan" we had when we sat out to refurbish DataEase.

DataEase need to be made in DataEase!

LegEasy4DOS - How it works?

The interest in LegEasy4DOS has been "overwhelming" since we released it at the end of last week.

A lot of eagerly awaiting Professional clients jumped at it and the feedback was not late to come.

Most of you are overjoyed and excited by this opportunity to run DataEase for DOS in a modern environment, and more than happy to scrap your old XP computers and Novell servers that has kept you up at night with worry - when will it draw its last breath and what will I do then?

However not all feedback is good and some of you have been "disappointed" too.

Some of this disappointment is down to us having problem with our server park after the release due to an unexpected heavy load - don't they always say that - but some of you have been running bench mark tests and compared it to "Native" DfD on Native XP, WIndows 7 x32 etc. and the results has baffled you.

Why is it sometimes much slower and then sometimes much faster than the comparison?

In the article below we will try to explain this and how LegEasy4DOS is designed and how it works.

LegEasy4DOS Professional Release 05.08.16

The response to our Personal version of L4D has been fantastic and it has given us great motivation in the work leading up to the release of our long awaited Professional version of L4D.

We won't spend too much time extrapolating its virtues here but limit ourselves to announcing it's release and showcase its beauty ;-)

Further down the article you will find the FREE FOR ALL Trial Key you can use to get the first "spin" in this brand new interpretation of DataEase (for DOS).

New Support Manager and new Support Products introduced

For a long time we have been focusing on improving our software products, but we have now entered a new phase where we will focus more and more on the entire customer experience.

One issue that has been raised more often than others is the lack of a dedicated support service so this is one of the areas were we will now focus.

Last month we hired Fatma Adel as our new Support Manager. She has now had some time to settle in and are more than eager to start helping you resolve your issues.

LegEasy 4DOS - Update!

We are and should be very happy when an upcoming release of a DataEase product cause this much of a stir, but it is also a sobering moment.

We obviously still have some catching up to do with our new products before they reach the same popularity as the early versions of DataEase.

Luckily the "re-launch" of DataEase for DOS is part of our DataEase infrastructure strategy so you will now be able to run your legacy apps well into this century when at the same time integrate them with the latest DataEase technology.

Locking Strategies for dummies!

Ever wondered why you have so much trouble with inconsistency and being locked out of your DataEase database? If the answer is YES, read one and discover how you can easily remedy it.

Full, Basic, Opportunistic - What does this really mean? We get a lot of questions about which locking to choose in DataEase, and the answers we have give - are giving, have changed over the years. I guess that if this was a simple as it "should be", there wouldn't even be three options in DataEase, and we wouldn't leave this is in your hands.

I have spent quite a lot of times over the years debating and exploring this myself, and the problem is that it is more of a philosophical problem, than a technical one. Pictures this as going into a Chinese restaurant and ordering. You get a many with 500 items, and you are vaguely familiar with 3 of them, so what do you do. Choose what you know, or go for the set menu...

[{8}]five Release and Release program.


DataEase {[8}]five went into production today and from now on it will be all about 8.5 and beyond.

We have now concluded the longest Beta program in DataEase history - 427 days or over 1 year and 2 months.

So why so little fanfare on this watershed day?

Warning! Price increase on DataEase 8 from January 1st

We are changing how we license DataEase from Januar 1st 2016.

In short we will stop dividing licenses (and executables) in Developer (Full) and GROUP (Runtime) and introduce a simple User License and one executable that will be either a development environment or a Application Launcher based on the users privileges.

The change might seem dramatic at first, but you will get much more functionality and flexibility.

This is just an early warning to those of you that plan to buy DataEase 8 in the near future, more information on the change in product and licensing strategy will follow.

Dynamic Design - A New paradigm in DataEase development

ExecDQLClass(), CreateTable(), AddColumn()* signify a complete breach with previous DataEase thinking.

From its infancy in the early 80ies and throughout its life until DE8 there was a clear divide in DataEase between Design and Runtime. (At least in the head of the designers, but the fact that most people used it interactively and added and changed to it in real time was not taken into account)

Tables, Scripts, Forms, Reports was froozen in runtime and there was few if any way you could make your application dynamic.

How this has changed in 8....

How to create CDFs for use in DE8/DG3

This is how you create your own CDFs using Visual Studio 2013. I selected to use this version because any one can get a full version for free as long as you register with MicroSoft. You should be able to recreate this in any version of Visual Studio in almost the same way as described here. Not much has changed in creating Windows DLLs in the last 20 years. You probably can do the same using other compilers as MinWin GCC and Embarcadero, but that is outside the scope of this document.

Migrating from DFW 5.x and 6.x to DE8.5 including National Versions

If you want to encompass DataEase problems in one word it must be Migration. It is fascinating that a company that has had so little success with this concept, has sworn to it for such a long time.

It is a badly hidden secret that DataEase lost most of it users in the flawed and bodged migration of DFD application to early DFW, what is maybe not so well know is all the other "unsuccessful" migration events.

In this article we will explain what/why and how it went wrong and what you can do to work around it.

We reached our 1.000.000 visitor today 23rd of February 2015

At the beginning of the year we had estimated that we would get our 1.000.000 visitor at the 6th June this year, but with the Beta of 8.5 and the great feedback we have seen both visits on our website and sales sky-rocket and we reached the 1.000.000 threshold more than a Quarter ahead of schedule!

We just have to thank you all for your patience with us, and for your contributions and support throughout the last couple of years since we took charge.

We both hope and feel that our efforts and enthusiasm for DataEase has been well received and are reciprocated by you all!

A wholehearted thank you to your all from "The DataEase Team".

NEW! Functions in DataEase 8.0 to 8.5 (Page 1)

Some of you might be aware of it but it seems a lot isn't so it might be time to advertise a little the vast number of new functions and functionalities that has been added to DataEase 8.0 through 8.5.

For a long time the only way new functions found their way to DataEase was through active and ingenious users which developed CDF's. As much as the CDF's alleviated the obvious short-comings in DataEase 5.x to 7.2 it was cumbersome, undocumented and "secretive" i.e. not everyone was in the know.

With 8.x we decided that the focus needed to be on moving DataEase forward, rather than the constant dance around the "bug fixing" fire.

Have a look and a try for yourself.

Due to the number of new functions we had to publish the short description in two articles, of which this is the last.

Also have a look on the blog synopsis found in the list to the right.

Start your own thread!

23/06/20 15:47:48

Idea: Chance to try DE9 on macOS Big Sur presented on WWDC 2020 by Apple

what about this idea ?


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Written by: Ihor Zakharchenko

22/06/20 19:23:02

Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Home vs Forum after redesign

Hi, friends. Thank You so much for Your reply. be honest I love the design of the site and its tricky behavior ... all was as Home before ... but it became different recently. sometimes Shop and Products are as Home artifact ..on mobile devices everything is going on normally ..sometimes. Really great design but it was interesting what was happened ... no critics ..full support. It seems to me that DE 9 Beta new download is ready to appear here.. I am strongly  confident in that. It is a pity that this outstanding design will be changed ...hope it will be other than modern shitty trends in web ...You do know what I mean <3 


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Written by: Ihor Zakharchenko

22/06/20 18:12:43

Re:Re:Re:Re:Home vs Forum after redesign

This website is to be scrapped and we now focus on product development. To be honest of all the things to criticize about this website you chose that the home button goes white on mousover... 

This forum is not about this website or our performance in any way, it is about sharing help and ideas with fellow developers.


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Written by: DataEase

22/06/20 14:33:54

Re:Re:Re:Home vs Forum after redesign

is it so prompt to modify menu bar of the site ? 


Product: Services

Written by: Ihor Zakharchenko

17/06/20 14:33:55

Re:Merge To Fillable PDF Form

Thanks for the prompt reply. Brilliant advice as always!!


Product: LegEasy DOS

Written by: Simon Lazarus

17/06/20 13:45:42

Using Special characters in DFD export/print

This is what DFD do best i.e. create special export formats. (Luckily this is even better in DE9 onwards).

You simply need to create the format for export yourself the way you want it too look and then include the tab between the columns. (see above).

You can include any special character(s) in Hex format by simply encapsulate them with @[].

Make sure you set up the report to write to disk and do not include any printer information and you should be good to go.


Product: LegEasy DOS

Written by: DataEase

16/06/20 16:03:53

Merge To Fillable PDF Form

I'm looking to export a text file from L4D to populate a fillable PDF Form.

This form is then emailed and completed by the client.

My understanding is that the txt file has to be tab delineated, not comma delineated for the PDF form to merge it.

Does anyone know how this can be achieved please?


Product: LegEasy DOS

Written by: Simon Lazarus

16/06/20 07:36:48

Re:Re:Home vs Forum after redesign

so, if was made with DataEase is it ease work to redesign the menu bar to see black text Home on white background when clicking on it ? thx a lot in advance


Product: Services

Written by: Ihor Zakharchenko

15/06/20 21:49:18

Re:predefined printer

This was actually the first feature we did in DE8.

It was designed like this because it an abstraction of printers. The logic was that if you want to use a pre-defined printer it is because you want to direct the print to a specific type of printer like one for headed paper etc.

The printer dialog you get when you don't set a fixed printer is the Windows standard one and it would be very difficult to include pre-defined printers in this list.

I can remember that it was a big discussion about it and this was how we ended up.

If you don't set a fixed printer the user can select any printer they want so what would really be the point of adding Printer 1-4. They might not be defined, and how would the user know which printer that really was?


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Written by: DataEase

14/06/20 23:18:48

predefined printer

the funktion predefined printer does only work with "print without displaying dialog". without there is not default in the printdialog


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Written by: Rainer

11/06/20 07:30:33

Re:Home vs Forum after redesign

Home Products Shop News Partners Forum Help Blog on starting page of has issue with the visibility of Home when  clicking on it ..still even after recent 501 internal server error event ;) 


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Written by: Ihor Zakharchenko

09/06/20 19:23:45

Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:nothing new still

Hi, friends!

BTW, may be this approach will be interesting for you. Ask Ole about Tsetlin automats Ole-Christoffer Granmo


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Written by: Ihor Zakharchenko

09/06/20 19:15:05

Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:nothing new still

Hi Ihor.

I think that in general we agree.

DQL is one of the main pillars of DataEase and something that has been missing in most "easy of use" tools.

We have got this point and all future versions of DataEase is built around DQL.

DQL is the result of many different ways to drill down into a database and generate result which can be anything from a web page, a book or a report on the latest transactions.

We will not throw it all into the same pot so there will be simple and intutive ways to generate reports (DQL), pages (DQL), exports (DQL), Web Pages (DQL), transactions (DQL) etc.


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Written by: DataEase

09/06/20 17:40:15

Home vs Forum after redesign


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Written by: Ihor Zakharchenko

09/06/20 17:22:02

Re:Multiple language settings

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Hi Daniel.

Depends a little on which version of DataEase you use.

In DE8.5 onward you can basically manipulate anything.

The simplest way to do this would be to use Virtual fields as labels. This way you can base it all on a relationship where you have a field that look up from your user profile what langauge the user prefer and then basically create a relationship from each form based on that language code.

Then you have a virtual field instead of a label - this trick will work in any version of DataEase.

In DE8.5 onwards you can change the text on any label (and size, style, visibility etc) with SetLabelText(). You can use this one to change the label on a button too.

You can then for instance just run an ExecDQL when you load the form that will change all the labels.

define "retval" text .

define "vLanguage" text .

vLanguage := any UserProfile with User=current user name Language .

if vLanguage = blank then

vLanguage := any UserProfile with User=blank Language .


For MyLabels with FormID=getcurrent("DocName") and Language=vLanguage ;

retval := SetLabelText(MyLabelName,NewLabelText) .

 The DQL above is from the attached sample.

it is not exhaustive but it should give you the general gist of how to achieve this.

If we have time we will make a more exhaustive and general/automated sample in DE9 later.

All the best and good luck.


Product: DataEase 9 Developer

Written by: DataEase

08/06/20 16:35:20

Multiple language settings


Is it possible to have multiple language settings, i.e. personalize the display language in the forms for the users?


Daniel Kron


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Written by: Daniel Kron

31/05/20 04:28:30

Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:nothing new still

why DQL ? for it is real AI made in 1980s by Arun Gupta. DQL makes data  ease obvious and we got DataEase as a result. If we don't see DQL in the product that means we have no DataEase. The product may be web windows English RDBMS but not DataEase in its sense.


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Written by: Ihor Zakharchenko

29/05/20 14:27:41

Re:Re:Re:Re:nothing new still

don't worry about DFD... the only thing there is DQL for the only reason ... from the point of view of those who are making non invasive human -to-digital devices interface ... the future is without comps and Internet ..only humans united in one Brain via real thing=telepathy ..stop developing homunkulus ..all was designed inside biorobots named humans ...everything ... and DQL shows that.

Good luck, mates!

I am algebraist and that is all to say.


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Written by: Ihor Zakharchenko

29/05/20 13:07:30

Re:Re:Re:nothing new still

The death of Windows like the death of DataEase has been predicted constantly since the 90s and still - here we both are.

Microsoft have tried to capture the "device" market almost as many times and every time fallen flat on their face. 

One thing we have learnt in this company is that "killing" off software is almost impossible and very ill adviced. The biggest mistake done here was not to include DFD applications "as is" in our strategy when DFW was released. The idea that people would migrate/re-develop apps in this "fantastic" new environment was completely flawed and for the same reason MS will keep maintaining and develop Windows along the same lines for decades to come.

They might want to move, they might try to move but if people move it is away from them to another OS rather than on to their "new" one.


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Written by: DataEase

29/05/20 11:32:41

Re:Re:nothing new still

Hi, Ulrick. Thank You very much for Your reply. Please take into account that Microsoft will end up with Windows and move to X=Unix originated platforms (Windows 11 or Windows X nicknamed). That is why the question about macOS X was not a joke ...


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Written by: Ihor Zakharchenko

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