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Today I was doing housekeeping chores on a PowerBuilder .NET application. I was moving libraries from one folder to another. Much to my chagrin, I discovered that what used to be a simple chore is now a more time-consuming operation. In good ol' Classic, after moving the PBLs, with the IDE closed (or the target now in the current workspace), I'd edit the Library list in the PBT file to reflect the PBL's new folder path, reopen the target and voilà, change done! Perhaps in a worst case scenario, I'd copy the PBL and then edit the Library List in the IDE by simply changing the PBL path in the text edit box. No more! As you can see from the accompanying screenshot. The Library List in the PBTX file is encrypted. That means that even though it is plainly visible in the text-based PBTx file, you just can't simply edit it any more. What's even more restricting is the I... (more)

Take PB to the Web, Mobile & More!

Your client/server applications work well, and you have invested a lot in them but you need to keep up with the times and move your applications to the Web. So you may wonder “What should we do? Do we really need to junk our existing applications? Retrain our developers? Hire new guys who know nothing about our business?” If that’s the case, take a look at Appeon for PowerBuilder Migrate your PB code to a web-based application, for a fraction of the cost of a full re-write in .Net or Java. Developments remain in PowerBuilder: no need to change or retrain the developers. The PB cod... (more)

NVOs and NVCs

Adaptations...as software developers we thrive on adaptations. A large part of our present and future work is and will be simply morphing or adapting our previous efforts or the efforts of others before us. Sometimes we need to reassemble pieces when an application needs maintenance and other times we bring pieces from our past and get to enjoy the creative thrill of new application development. Many things in our environment constantly change. When PowerBuilder first came into being, many of the TLAs (three-letter acronyms) we constantly toss around today didn't even exist. Whil... (more)

PowerBuilder DataWindow Emulation on The Web Using DHTML

The PowerBuilder DataWindow object is a powerful presentation component. By using the built-in DataWindow functions within DataWindow object expressions, complex user interfaces can be developed, and by using PowerBuilder's Windows ActiveX control the same component can be embedded in a browser. With Pocket PowerBuilder, the same component can also be rendered on a Pocket PC device. All of these presentations can basically use the same code. The only changes required are those necessary to fit the resulting DataWindow in the space available. However, to generate a purely browser... (more)

Calling PowerBuilder NVOs in C#

How can we reuse PowerBuilder NVOs in .NET applications? Before PowerBuilder 9.0, the answer was PowerBuilder automation or a three-tier solution. In the latter case that meant hosting all the NVOs in EAServer as middle-tier components. Beginning with version 9, PowerBuilder offers a new interface to interact with the PowerBuilder VM - the PowerBuilder Native Interface (PBNI). In this article I will explain how to use PBNI in unmanaged C++ code and marshal the parameters to C# managed code so that you can invoke PowerBuilder NVOs from C#. Introducing PBNI (PowerBuilder Native Int... (more)

Top 10.5 Reasons to Use PowerBuilder 10.5

This month we take an in-depth look at the new features introduced or existing features enhanced in PowerBuilder 10.5. Even though it is not a full point release, it (like 6.5) is a full major release. In order to get many of these enhancements to the user (you and me) sooner, Sybase split off a subset of the original enhancements planned for the 11.0 release. The stuff that is centered around .NET deployment remains in the 11.0 feature set. In the meantime, the features that were not .NET deployment-related are available now. Sue Dunnell, the Sybase product manager for (among o... (more)

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