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.
Re-launching a product that at its core is more than 30 years old is not straight forward. A lot of water has flowed under a lot of bridges since this "old dog" was playing the leading role.
Simply to get it running in Windows 7/8/10 x64 with Network/Printer support is not enough.
It need to run as well as it used to back in its heyday - and THAT is not as easy as it sounds.
The "ultimate" combination was:
DataEase 4.53 Novell 3.12 Dos 5.x
This was PRIME TIME!
Microsoft cut Novell Support in Windows 7 so Novell is definitely not part of the support for LegEasy 4DOS.
The kernel for LegEasy 4DOS emulate DOS 5.x so that is good news, but the rest is Windows.
We don't know if it is bad or good news that LegEasy 4DOS not only run in Windows 7/8/10 x64 but that it also need a modern network infrastructure.
Not only can/will you have to upgrade your workstation but you also need to move your databases to modern servers.
This was obviously a worry for us in light of the trouble DFD had with anything but Novell back in its heyday, but the preliminary results of our testing is that LegEasy 4DOS running on top of Windows 10 in a modern network with the Database on a Windows 2008R2 or 2012R2 server massively outperform any results we have gotten with traditional DFD in XP on Novell.
This is obviously down to the fact that XP/Novell will not run on the same hardware spec, but this is not a comparison between technologies but between historical an current performance.
So when you now upgrade your hardware because you can the performance will NOT be poorer than it has been up to now with your antiquated hardware ;-)
Above you see a quick screen capture from LegEasy 4DOS in Runtime mode.
Even this is the modern part of the product we couldn't help ourselves so we have designed it in line with the legacy look. We have tried to make the look and feel as close to the original as possible.
Simply hit 1.2.3 or use the mouse. Up to you and you start your application.
The rest should be familiar territory...
The environment will configure and look after your network environment and printer redirection etc.
We hope you like what you see.
DataEase Connect for DFD 5.x
When you have well and truely bedded in your DFD apps in your modern infrastructure again you might want to take one step further and start sharing data with your other applications.
This is where DataEase Connect for DFD 5.x comes in to play.
You simply configure the bridge and your DFD application become the server and storage that can be shared with DataEase 8.5, LegEasy 6 Windows, DataEase Generation 3 and even other development environments.
We will publish more information separately about DataEase Connect but we though that it might be interesting to get a head up.