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  • whynotbuysome whynotbuysome Nov 30, 2003 12:30 PM Flag

    What is powerflex.

    And why do they use it to write software.

    I've heard of VB, C, C++, Java, and even Cobol
    But what the hell is powerflex?

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    • See They are an Australian knock-off of Dataflex application development environment. Powerflex is an application development tool, with embedded database. Their primary market, historically, had been in picking off Dataflex customers. As is frequently the case with tools, they allow for quick development of mediocre applications --- not intended to be an insult --- if time is money, and you need to get a so-so solution up and running in-house� it may a great way to go. It is not, IMHO, the way to go for high-end commercial software.

      While their product does have an embedded database, they are not in the database business. For years Powerflex did not support the most basic database functions Commit/Rollback, or just basic fault tolerance during transactions. In fact, they used to say that if you needed such functionality, you should use another DBMS --- accessible through the Powerflex ODBC interfaces. At least they knew who and what they were. I have not kept current with the product and cannot say if they have overcome this basic shortcoming

      In looking at the web site, note that they have no published points of support anywhere in the Americas. I also noted that their online newsletter died in June 2002. I found no references in their website to indicate that they are actively maintaining it.

      SSNC�s decision to go with Powerflex has always been a curiosity.

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