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When finance managers think of data consumption, it is often in the context of controlling mobile phone bills and business mobility costs. Yet application developers are busily creating new mobile applications that provide mobile information workers with greater access to corporate data, in more innovative ways than before. Many of these applications also collect standard data, as well as new forms of data and feed it back to corporate information systems. Recently I happened upon this remarkable statistic. Over the last five years, data usage on AT&T’s mobile phone network has grown 20,000 percent, and data usage continues to double annually. Perhaps a piece of that growth is being driven by iPhone and iPad content consumers and mobile NetFlix subscribers. But this is also an indicator that something else is happening. There are a lot of data hungry content consume... (more)

Cloud People: A Who's Who of Cloud Computing

Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people... A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing. But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud? This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when 13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with... RANDY BIAS | @randybias "Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.] That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)

PowerBuilder on the iPad?

As you may have noticed, a number of media sources are writing about the overall progression of iOS device sales and of the iPad in particular. The latter's sales have developed to the point where their presence in businesses is becoming indispensable (see Looking into Enterprise iOS by Ian Thain) This article is intended for PowerBuilder users who are considering developing iPad applications. We will try to determine to what point this device has become a must-have, by looking at recent sales and market penetration figures in the professional world. Then, we will discuss development tools and solutions that are adapted to PowerBuilder projects. Facts and Figures Recent numbers confirm the explosion of tablet sales, and the iPad in particular. ComScore says 40 million tablets were being used in the US in the past 2 years, whereas it took 7 years for smartphones to re... (more)

Cloud Expo and The End of Tech Recession

http://twitter.com/fuatkircaali At SYS-CON Media we see our inventories are filling up to 100% capacity for the months of November, December, and January, and we are seeing better-than-normal RFP activity for the first quarter of 2010. When I say this, I am comparing the current insertion order activity to the same period last year. We will be closing 2009 roughly 32% below 2008 in revenues (far better than any other tech media company), which forced us to reduce our expenses for the same period by around 40%. Last fall, while the world was falling apart, we were preparing for a 40%-45% drop in advertising revenues for 2009. We did better than our worst projections. Cloud Computing Expo Photo Album Cloud Computing Expo 2010 East to Attract More Than 5,000 Delegates in New York City 5th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo: Call for Papers Is Open When we... (more)

Mobile Business Objects: MBO Concept and Creation

The design cornerstone of the Sybase's MEAP the Sybase Unwired Platform is the Mobile Business Object (MBO). The MBO encapsulates the business process logic and data into a reusable unit that can be accessed from a variety of clients. The development can take two approaches,  firstly the Top-Down approach, which creates the MBO based upon how the client wants to use it... eventually binding to the data source. Secondly, the Bottom-UP approach which uses the data source to automatically bind and create the MBO. Both use the Unwired tooling and are easy to create, with similar steps listed below Connect to the back-end data sources that need to be mobilized, via the Unwired tooling Connect the Unwired tooling to the Unwired Server Create a Mobile Application Project Create the MBO from the data source via wizards or Create the MBO attributes and Create, Update, Delete... (more)

Exception Handling Using PowerBuilder, EAServer, and JavaServer Pages

Exception Handling Using PowerBuilder, EAServer, and JavaServer Pages Basic Techniques and Pitfalls PowerBuilder's Try-Catch-Finally exception handling mechanism brings a great deal of power and versatility to application and component development. It's important to be able to manage and handle exceptions thrown by service components, particularly when you are deploying to a Web environment. When you develop with PowerBuilder 9's JSP targets, you need to know how to throw exceptions from PowerBuilder components and how to catch and handle the exceptions within your JSP target. This article examines the techniques you can use and the challenges you will face in adding robust exception handling to your JSP Web application. Try-Catch-Finally in PowerBuilder WHY WE USE TRY-CATCH-FINALLY The Try-Catch-Finally method of exception handling was introduced in PowerBuilder 8. ... (more)

Implementing the Microsoft Rich Edit Control

As we mentioned in Part 1 (PBDJ, Vol. 12, issue 7), we needed to implement spell checking in the rich edit fields in our application (see Figures 1 and 2). To do that, we got a license for the Sentry Spelling Checker Engine from Wintertree Software (www.wintertree-software.com). The utility is easily implemented and works quite well on standard Rich Edit controls. However, the PowerBuilder Rich Edit control is an OEM version of an old third-party control that was popular before Microsoft introduced its Rich Edit control to the common controls. As a result, the messages and functions it supports are completely different from those that the Sentry utility is trying to use to interact with the control. In Part 1 we created a custom visual user object based on the Microsoft Rich Edit control. In Part 2, we will write two custom DLLs to support the functionality of the... (more)

User Group Malaise?

Read an interesting article about the .NET Developer Association user group in Redmond, Washington. You would think that the user group in Microsoft's backyard (the meetings are held at Microsoft's offices) wouldn't have any problems lining up guest speakers and drawing a crowd. Well, it looks like they do because they've had to cancel several recent meetings and have proposed taking a six-month break to try to determine how to revitalize the group.[1] It had me wondering why such a group would have difficulty holding meetings. Of course, the issue may be specific to that particular group. I don't know enough about the group to judge that. However, assuming that is not the case, the most likely causes would either be (a) a malaise setting in for .NET groups in particular or (b) a lack of interest in software developer tool user group meetings in general. It wouldn'... (more)

n_ds DataStore Coupled to Parent Window in PFC 6.0+

Last year, after migrating a client's application from PFC 5.0.02 to 6.5, then applying some enhancements to take advantage of new features, the program began giving the following PFC error message: "For certain functionality the PFC DataStore requires a reference to its parent window. One of these cases has been encountered. To let the DataStore know who its parent window is, call the of_SetParentWindow() function after the DataStore creation." At first I was disturbed that the PFC developers had coupled the DataStore to a parent object. And worse, not only a parent object, but a window object. This would mean that every DataStore had to be associated with a window. I assumed I'd be forced to use my frame window as a parent for all the "free range" DataStores in my application. After analyzing the PFC code changes, I realized that the DataStore requires a parent w... (more)

Wireless PowerBuilder

The first wave of wireless applications flopped badly. Does anyone remember the commercial that shows a young man lying on the beach with his PalmPilot? It goes something like this: a stressed businessman doesn't want to leave the office to go on vacation. A colleague loans him his PDA. With the PDA, Mr. Stressed Businessman would be able to check e-mail and upload spreadsheets and text documents - all without ever leaving his beach chair. Why did I find this funny? At the time, the expectations for wireless devices were grossly inflated. The beach scene in the commercial surely never happened. I like to use this example to suggest that marketing is always ahead of reality by at least two years. Two years ago wireless devices had minuscule processing power, no bandwidth, and ridiculously small user displays. These shortcomings have been addressed. Wireless applicat... (more)

PowerBuilder Native Interface (PBNI) Part 2 - Extending functionality

The PowerBuilder Native Interface (PBNI) is a standard C++ programming interface that allows developers to extend the PowerScript language with C++ classes and to call PowerScript functions from C++ applications. In Part 2, we'll create your first PBNI class and work with PBNI objects. In the following example, we'll build a very simple PBX that returns a string containing the text "Hello World". Tip Don't be discouraged by the simplicity of this example - we'll use it to ensure that all core PBNI components are in place. Subsequent examples will rapidly increase in complexity and satisfy your appetite for "real-world" code. Create the PBNI DLL The following steps will generate the file PBNIHello.DLL: 1.  Copy and save Listings 1-4 as individual files using the filenames provided at the top of each listing ( Listings 3-6 can be downloaded from www.sys-con.com/pbdj/sou... (more)

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