BlueFinity: Partner and Competitor

I just found out that BlueFinity International is hosting a webinar today at 3pm Eastern time to profile Solution Objects, which is an amazing new component of mv.NET. I’ll invite you to their session, but with tongue firmly in cheek I’ll ask you not to buy anything from them.

U2.NET – Where’s the value?

When IBM purchased a license for mv.NET to re-brand as U2.NET, I thought they were going to offer it as a free value-add benefit to their clients. OK, strip out the cross-platform capability, nail it to U2, and give people a development kit that’s a generation beyond UO.NET. That seemed like a good business move. I later found out that […]

XML to/from MV – Part 1

I’ve been doing a lot of work lately with XML data. I’m just importing from XML to MV right now but exporting MV to XML can be the same thing in reverse. Here is part 1 of a multipart discussion on the topic.


I recently assisted a client with an upgrade of mv.NET from v3.2 to v4.0. This is one of the value-add services provided to our clients who purchase mv.NET from us. A minor code change was required.

mv.NET Session Management Summary

To respond to a request from one of our clients, and provide a general response for many people who ask similar questions, I am providing here a basic summary of how session management works with mv.NET. This isn’t one of my normal articles, just some info to help some people get started.

More MV integration with Microsoft Outlook

Several years ago I had a product called NebulaManager which had a significant amount of functionality, allowing bi-directional data movement between MV and Microsoft Office. For various reasons it never really got off the ground. Recently I’ve been spending a lot more time with Outlook, the most recent "conquest" being a utility that moves appointments from an MV app into […]

CodeSmith, .netTiers, code generation, etc

This is a quick request for a show of hands as to how many of you have done any work with code generation for clients to MV – or how many of you may be interested in rapid code generation for new MV user interfaces.

Using mv.NET with U2

As mentioned recently I upgraded my Universe and Unidata Personal Editions to the latest releases. Actually I just did trial runs earlier in the week but today I did the real thing. After upgrading UniAdmin, Uni SDK, Universe and Unidata, I checked telnet connectivity, then decided to check my mv.NET connectivity. I thought I’d share the painless experience.

Accessing mv.NET configuration data

For someone getting started with mv.NET it’s easy to open an mvAccount, open an mvFile, maybe use an mvSelect on it, then read an mvItem. Some developers want to make more use of the environment, allowing users to select from a list of Login Profiles to access a specific account, then allowing selection of specific files, etc. It’s very easy […]

New mv.NET video just posted

For those of you who read this blog but not the mv.NET category of the Nebula R&D forum, follow this link to the forum to get info on a new video I just put on the site. I could have posted info here with discussion there, today I did it the other way around. So sue me.

mv.NET .Attributes and .DictionaryList

It’s been a while since I’ve published an entry here. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing – I have over 30 unpublished blog entries. I just need to clean them up one of these days when I have some time. LOL, like that day will ever come… Anyway, I decided to write something up here for our clients and […]

MV and Relational Data Exchanges Part 1

One of the most common inquiries we see in MV forums involves exchanging data between the MV DBMS and relational databases. In this multi-part series over the next couple weeks, I’ll describe ways to get data flowing in both directions without using platform-specific ODBC tools. This Part 1 is just an introduction and I’ll start describing some details in Part […]

Why mv.NET – Part 2

Almost two years ago I wrote a blog entry titled "Why mv.NET?" But every couple of days we still see the same question phrased differently: "How do I connect to/from MV?" My immediate response is still to include mv.NET in your list of options. Here is an explanation why.

Cross-MV development made easy…er

I just finished setting up the latest mv.NET v3.5.1.2 and used the Data Manager to create simultaneous connections to multiple MV environments. I dunno if other people get as much of a kick out of this as I do but just the ability to do this tickles me.

Do you know the way to SOA?

OK, the title is a little tacky, but if you’re humming a tune about San Jose California then you get the joke. In response to a posting to the U2 User’s list I decided to post some comments here about Service Oriented Architecture.

Protected: mv.NET and PDP.NET comparison

I’m frequently asked to compare PDP.NET and mv.NET. I have therefore written this long list of reasons why I believe mv.NET is a better choice. This article is password-protected pending review but will be opened soon for public viewing. Until then, please email for access.

D3 – Recompiling Code

The following is some great information posted to the Raining Data web forum by Robert Burke, their new Technical Support Director. I’ve posted it here verbatim for your benefit.