Monthly Archives: November 2010

Thanksgiving Holiday

This week we have been working hard on the final testing and closedown of Clarion 7.3, and much more.  With Thanksgiving tomorrow, it’s time to take a little break to reflect on the many things that we have to be thankful for, most important customers like you!

Our office will be closed from 11/25 thru 11/28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday, and will reopen on Monday, November 29th.

From all of us at SoftVelocity, have a safe and restful holiday weekend, and the very best wishes from our families to yours!

Upcoming releases and news from Denver

The Clarion User conference was a great success. I presented the keynote remotely, and in this post I’ll cover the highlights of the presentation.

First on the Clarion for Windows Win32 side – I mentioned that the next release for Clarion 7 will be version 7.3, and in that release we’ll deliver several key RTL bug fixes and additional fixes for ReportWriter and the IDE. The 7.3 release will be ready to go out around mid-month.  I also did a brief demo of Clarion8, I only touched upon some of the new features already implemented, such as the new “edit as text” mode for the Data pad, and the new locators added to every list in the Dictionary editor (and added to the Data pad as well).  I also announced that we’ll be making an early access release for Clarion8 available to everyone with a subscription, and that will be ready by the end of this month.

On the .Net side I showed a short preview of the .Net Application Generator UI, and Pierre did further demonstrations during the conference. I explained that we are busy writing the .Net templates – and that the process of writing and testing the templates leads to bug fixes in the code generation engine.  With lots of hard work, and a bit of luck, we hope you’ll see a beta release in December.  I also mentioned that we’ll be putting all the templates (.Net and Win32) into a repository that will be open to the community. Doing this will allow Clarion developers instant access to the latest templates, and any template fixes or changes, and it will also allow Clarion developers to contribute their own templates and to participate in extending and refining existing templates. Later this week I’ll post another blog with some screenshots of the AppGen.Net UI – and as always we look forward to your feedback.

Thoughts of Denver CLDC 2010

Almost a week has passed since I first landed in Denver for the start of the 2010 Clarion Live Developer’s Conference. As I am still traveling this week across the heartland visiting friends and relatives. I wanted to share with you my thoughts that have stayed with me in these past few days.

First, it was great to see and catch up with a lot of the Clarion developers from years past, some of them who I haven’t seen since the last developer’s conference in Orlando 2004 and Gatlinburg in 2005. With nearly 100 people in attendance, it was hard to meet and talk to everyone, but I think that I got close to doing that.

I was honored to be a presenter and help to kick off the conference in the first two days as a representative of SoftVelocity. My colleague Pierre Tremblay gave the last technical presentation of the conference and helped to end it on a very high note as attendees got a first look at the Application Generator for Clarion.NET.

But in between our presentations were session after session of great technical presentations by well respected Clarion users like Bruce Johnson, Mike Hanson, Rick Martin, Shawn Mason and many more. The presentations were “linear”, which meant that nothing was missed and often went on very late into the night.

I was unable to catch a lot of the presentations, but all are recorded and available for download on ClarionLive. The reason that I missed them was due to the time that I spent in the Solutions room, getting feedback from many attendees and just stopping by to say Hi and talk about all things SoftVelocity. What we could show them with the soon to be released Clarion 8 and Clarion.NET was encouraging and energizing to all.

So I left the conference energized and refreshed as well. The attendees seemed to “get it” and know that there are great things in store for SoftVelocity and Clarion users coming very soon.

I will be flying home in less than 24 hours now, and I can’t wait to get started.

Robert Zaunere will be blogging soon regarding Clarion 8, Clarion 7.3 and more. Again, thank you to everyone that could be at the conference. It was great to see you again and we hope to see you again in 2011.