When work started on the new version eighteen months ago, Dataline identified three enhancement "pillars" key features crucial for a modern web development project:
1. Easy integration with Ajax and jQuery, using just-in-time CSS generation.
2. Seamless integration with Microsoft Visual Studio, via a native .NET programming interface.
3. Effective indexing by spiders such as Google or Bing, using a new permalink feature.
These three core features have all been completed and are included in the new release. Further details of these and other enhancements in version 3.5 can be found online at http://www.dataline.co.uk/scripts/dataline.dll?page=producti5.newfeatures35
Mike Robinson, Technical Director of Dataline is keen to point out that an underlying design goal was that the product remained easy to use, saying "We wanted to stay true to our ideal that building web apps should not just be the domain of highly skilled software developers, but that IT literate users should be empowered to web-enable their data too.".
As a result, the point-and-click wizards in the new version of i5 can still transform SQL data into interactive web pages in less than a minute.
Existing versions of i5 already underpin a wide range of business applications worldwide. These installations can be upgraded free of charge, provided that customers are signed up to Dataline’s Annual License Subscription (ALS) package. New users can discover how i5 can accelerate time to market by downloading a free version from http://www.dataline.co.uk/downloads/
About Dataline Software (http://www.dataline.co.uk)
Dataline Software delivers bespoke software to businesses of all sizes and has a twenty-five year track record of delivering projects on time and to budget. It’s portfolio of products includes i5, a unique tool for publishing SQL databases on the web. Dataline is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and a Cisco Registered Partner.
Technical expertise in web applications and e-business development, networks, SQL databases, Windows and mobile computing together with many years experience in project management enables us to offer quality consultancy to the client-server and internet marketplaces.
We are able to offer assistance and advice at every level of project development including choice of hardware, network topology, database installation and configuration, system specification, database design and project resourcing as well as support, training and development.