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CIDC News: Upcoming releases and announcements

The Clarion conference in Orlando was filled with really good content and great speakers. This post is to report (summarize) some of the most relevant points I made in my presentation(s).

I started off with the most important news that the Clarion dev community is most interested in; the release schedule!

The image pretty much says it all, in short, we have an upcoming update for C11.1 which will be available in a couple of weeks. Related to the C11 update is the long awaited release of the AnyScreen resizer (the AS resizer needs a few changes that are included in the C11 update).

Here’s the projected timeline

I announced that we’re launching an open source project, the “Clarion Database Driver Kit”. This project provides the scaffolding and documentation for you to build your own fully Clarion-compliant driver.
Bruce J. of Capesoft already has a list of ideas that he intends to explore. I’ll post back when the project is available on GitHub.

Clarion 12 will release in December. I’ve talked and written a lot about the changes in C12, some are visual but most are internal. But something newly announced (and important) is the implementation of a pathway to making use of AI models (both local on-premises and cloud services). I put this screen up at the conference:

and this one:

No matter where you fall on the GenerativeAI spectrum, the use cases for database application developers are numerous. I’ll have to do a separate post to do justice to this topic.

Another important announcement was this:

We’ve started the process of putting the faithful TopSpeed C/C++ and Modula compilers into semi-retirement, and this image highlights some of the reasoning and benefits:

And just to be clear because I did get some questions on this topic, this change to the tech stack is for use internally in building the RTL and drivers, the [TopSpeed] Clarion compiler lives on!

Wrapping up this post, I made the point that there won’t be a Clarion 13. I’m not at all superstitious, but we’re still changing our version numbering to reflect the year of the release. So Clarion 2024 [64bit] is the release after C12, and it’ll be released by December 2024.

Clarion DevCon 2023

We’re all looking forward to the upcoming Clarion developers conference, where we’ll be presenting the improvements in Clarion 12, along with some exciting brand new recently implemented features. The conference is your opportunity to learn and understand the latest new functionality in Clarion, from some of the brightest developers across the globe.

The Clarion International Developer Conference (CIDC) 2023 is being held on September 11th to September 15th (Sept 11-12 are 2 days of optional training), followed by 3 days of Conference presentations (Sept 13-15). It’s being hosted at the Wyndham Hotel, Disney Springs, Orlando, Florida, USA.

                       – Find out more and register to attend, or submit a request to be a presenter here