Software Cannot Grow Old Gracefully !

As the title says: ‘Software Cannot Grow Old Gracefully‘. It is with this in mind that I am no longer selling or further developing any of the following products:

  • ContaxCRM
  • macVCR
  • MonitorMyMac
  • R10BatchMail
  • SMSRelaySuite

Custom or bespoke versions as well as joint venture editions will continue to be supported for the foreseeable future. I’ll be sad to see them go, macVCR was the first application I ever wrote for Mac OSX back in 2007 and here we are 9 years later … still, everything comes to an end.  RIP.

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If you have any questions or if you are interested in acquiring source code etc. then please click here to email me, or contact me via telephone: +44 1773 252 007

Note: The source code is written in Xojo and in some cases uses plugins from Monkeybread Software.

Dereliction of Duties

Wow! Did I really neglect my Blog for so long? I’ve undertaken three major projects this year which until recently have been taking all my time. So do I put the kettle on, feet on the desk and read my Facebook Feed? No! Instead over the next few days I’ll be updating this site and paying a bit more attention to the ‘public facing’ side of my business.

Feels good to be back 🙂

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oneSql Multi Database Tool: Final Beta

The Final Beta of my Cross Platform, Multi Language, Multi Database Tool – oneSql is now available. Hopefully I’ve got everything right and it performs as expected with no (major!) bugs. Existing Beta Testers can download from the usual place, and new Beta Testers can sign up HERE.

Prior to release I have to finish the Manual, finalise Pricing, setup Paypal and also setup a Sample Database for new users to use during their Trial Mode. I also need to put the oneSql website live … mmm more than I realised … 🙂

The final artwork has arrived back for the oneSql box and the oneSql manual, you can see the images below:

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Note that for this final Beta you should delete both your Settings and your Preferences file as there have been changes involving encryption.

For information on Software Licensing for oneSql, have a look at my recent blog posts on this subject, here and here.

I wanted to do something different to mark the release of oneSql, so I am toying with the following idea of a bonus or incentive, I’d love to know your opinions:

The first 10 people to purchase any edition of oneSql (except the Single User Standard Edition) will receive a Limited Edition oneSql mug (1 of only 20 in existence) as well as a goody bag of assorted promotional items. In addition they will receive a printed and signed edition of my computer security ebook, ‘Securing the Network’. I may even throw a T-Shirt in there as well 🙂 I will ship this bonus to anywhere in the world. 

The first 100 purchasers of oneSql Single User Standard Edition receive a voucher worth $5 off their next purchase from chol.technology.

As always – leave you comments below. If you don’t talk I can’t listen.

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PostGreSQL Support Available for oneSql Beta

The Latest Beta Version of oneSql was uploaded earlier today. The main difference with this version is that PostgreSQL is now a supported database. This is in response to many requests from Beta Testers, Friends and Colleagues.

oneSql now supports MySQL, SQLite, MariaDB and PostgreSQL.

Additional changes in this version include the following:

  • Settings File Renamed
  • SQL Keywords File Renamed
  • Some Rebranding
  • Code Refactoring
  • List UI Updates, now Faster

If you are an existing Beta Tester then please Trash your existing Settings and Preferences files before using this version.

If you would like to become a Beta Tester than CLICK HERE.

Version 1.0 will be available very shortly, assuming this Beta Version doesn't suffer with too may bugs or issues 🙂  If you are a Beta Tester then let me know if you require your 30% Discount coupon and I'll get it sent over to you as soon as possible 🙂

oneSql: Multi Language Support

The latest Beta version of oneSql has additional Help Tags added, some small bug fixes, and much more significantly it has the infrastructure added to allow for a Multi-Language Interface. So for example if you are running a French Operating System on your computer then oneSql will have it’s User Interface shown in French, the same for German, Spanish and also Italian.

Currently it supports English(UK) (English) and English (American) – seriously! – where the USA drops a ‘u’ from Colour or puts a ‘Z’ where an ‘S’ belongs then this version will reflect that 😉

I’ve commissioned the other translations and so far have them available in German and Italian, once I have the other translations I will import them into oneSql and release a true Multi Lingual Beta version for testing.

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DataViewer 1.3.0 [Update]

This latest update to the DataViewer components for Xojo and REALStudio contains the following enhancements:

  • List View Configurations Saved on Exit
  • DB Objects Now Available from the Tab Area
  • Database Objects List, Now Double Click to Insert
  • Option to prefix Columns with Table Name
  • Option to append a Comma to the Column Names
  • User Input Prompts [[T-xxxxx]]
  • DML now Supported as well as Queries
  • Parsing of Multiple Statements with Sequential Execution
  • Multiple Small Bug Fixes

DataViewer is a small collection of components that allow a Xojo or RealStudio Developer to put a full featured SQL Query and DML tool into their own applications for a one time payment. There are no restrictions on use. The images below are from the latest version.

Click here to download the Demonstration App for Mac, Windows and Linux.

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oneSql: User Prompt Fields

oneSql Beta Update: 0402

Unique Prompt Fields are field templates that are setup in advance and saved with a SQL Script. When the script is executed the user is prompted for the necessary values to use. The video below shows how this works: 

UPFs are especially convenient when writing a query for use by yourself or a third party, and when the query will have to be executed several times, for example as part of a weekly / monthly reporting regime. The third party would need to know nothing about SQL to be able to load and execute a query with embedded UPFs. Consistency and Accuracy are maintained using UPFs.

Here is another example showing each stage of working with the User Prompt Fields. The first image shown below shows a SQL Query that has been loaded from an external file. You can see in the image that there are three UPFs, a Number Value, a Text String and a Date.

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An explanation of the format for a UPF is shown in the next image:

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The next image shows what happens when this query is executed; The query is parsed and all UPFs are pulled into a window and presented to the user asking for the required input.  There is no practical limit to the quantity of UPF’s that you can use in any given query,

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This next image is the same as the one above, but with the required information having been entered by the user.

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Pressing the Continue button on the User Input window reformats / rewrites the query using the information entered by the user and then immediately executes the query and displays the results in the Results Set.  See the image below:

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UPFs are available in oneSql from Beta 0403.  To request a Beta Test copy of oneSql, please contact me: beta@zombielabs.net

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DataViewer [Update] 1802

This latest update to the DataViewer components for Xojo and REALStudio contains the following enhancement:

  • The Database Objects Viewer window has been redesigned.

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Xojo Building Blocks

Today I purchased the domain xojobuildingblocks.com. I have several products that are just about ready to be featured and a number of other ideas and resources that I want to include on this site to create a resource for Xojo Components, Modules, Frameworks etc.

There is not a lot to see yet, however that will change shortly 🙂

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DataViewer [Update] 2301

This latest update to the DataViewer components for Xojo and REALStudio contain the following enhancements, in addition to a few bug fixes:

The size and position of the windows are saved and recalled next time the windows are opened. In addition the Results List and History List visual configurations are saved and also automatically recalled next time.  This includes the Font and Font Size, the Line Type (None, Dotted or Full) and the Background Colour of the Alternating Rows (if used).

Also new is the SQL History List. Every statement and the results are recorded in this list for the duration of the session. To execute a particular statement again, double click the appropriate History List row.

History is not saved between sessions, although this would be trivial to do. If there is any demand for this feature I will add it in a future update.

I hope these enhancements are in keeping with the direction you’d like to see these components evolve. Please get in touch with your feedback and requests.

steve@zombielabs.net

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DataViewer [Update] 1501

Thankyou to those who have so far purchased my component and also to those who have made constructive suggestions.  Two of these suggestions have been implemented in a new release earlier today:

  • One Click to Fetch 20 Records for Quick Query
  • One Click for Record Count, any Table

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More to come …

R10BatchMail Update

Following the discovery by a user of a bug in R10BatchMail 2.6.1, an updated version has been uploaded and can be obtained by using the ‘Check For Updates’ option within the software.

The bug concerned the way the **NAME** variable substitution worked only for a single name, for example ‘Hi Steve’ worked, hi ‘John and Jane’ didn’t. 

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Sales,Distributor and Dealer Enquiries to: 762@zombielabs.net

New Support Forum Coming Very Soon: zombielabs.net/forum

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First Images: New Product

These are the first couple of images I have released of my new Windows and Mac OSX software product. More to follow over the next few weeks. 

The first customers for this new product will receive it in the next couple of weeks or so – with a general public release to follow in September.

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