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A number of verticals, particularly Financial Services, are moving towards a zero latency environment, where the reduction of time between decision and action is critical. For example, high-frequency trading is a computerized transaction that takes advantage of the millisecond gap betw...
As I said in the initial article SUP is a Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP), which in my opinion and also of folks like Gartner, is the only way forward in multiple application mobilization and multiple device support. SUP abstracts the data access and Business Logic into M...
I’ve had a number of requests from people in the last few days wondering how to get up to speed with more recent versions of PowerBuilder. Their requests are often in the form of: “I’ve been using PowerBuilder since version X (a very early release) and we’re currently on version Y (us...
In the last quarter of 2010 I was writing that it was my prediction that 2011 would be the year of the Enterprise Developer going Mobile. Check it out here. Also in 2010, I stated that I had seen massive interest in Enterprise Mobility, to the extent that I was saying that Enterprise M...
I’ve written a number of articles in the past on using .NET components, both visual and non-visual, from a PowerBuilder “Classic” (i.e., Win32) application. Until now, all of them involved using a .NET component that was either provided in the .NET Framework or created using Visual Stu...
Part of the allure of the .NET platform is that all code, no matter what language or grammar it’s written in, compiles down to Common Intermediate Language (CIL) that is managed and executed by the Common Language Runtime (CLR). PowerScript code goes through a two-step process before b...
This article will focus on the upgrade process from AllFusion Harvest Change Manager R7.1 to CA Software Change Manager (SCM) R12.0.2. I am writing this article because I recently went through this process and felt it would be beneficial to share this experience with other users in the...
If you’ve been following Sybase’s announcements concerning their plans for future versions of PowerBuilder, you’ll know that they are planning for PowerBuilder 15 to be able to generate a Silverlight application and are looking at having it generate applications based on HTML5 as well....
XAML data binding is a codeless (declarative) way of transferring information from one object to another. It’s very helpful in a UI where data originating in one object controls a characteristic of (or is the source of data displayed in) another object. Data binding’s main benefit is t...
The International Sybase User Group in conjunction with eLearnIt Systems is now offering a new one day PowerBuilder 12.NET training course. In this a full day of training where you will gain the knowledge and skills to prepare you to plan, perform a .NET migration and tips on re-factor...
The financial and economic crisis has just about hit rock bottom, so the time has come to start the climb back up and for early adopters of new technologies, the future is looking brighter than ever before. The leaders of tomorrow's economy are those who have access to up-to-date infor...
The PowerBuilder 12.1 maintenance release is now available. For people who believe that you should never use the .0 release of any product, the maintenance release means they should feel comfortable using PowerBuilder 12 now. However, there are several good reasons other than that to g...
This article will focus on the PowerBuilder Build Process using E. Crane Computing product PowerGen with CA Software Change Manager (SCM) R12.0.2. I am writing this article because we recently upgraded to SCM R12 and it was a good time to visit our PowerBuilder build process and see wh...
Conditions are ripe for the mobile economy to play a bigger role than ever this holiday season, according to a national survey conducted by Sybase 365, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., the global leader in mobile messaging and mobile commerce services. The survey of 1,000 consumers found...
Since the middle to late part of 2009 I have been Evangelizing my thoughts on Enterprise Mobility. This has always been a product of the analysis of emerging Market, Industry & Technical trends. I have seen many companies use Mobility to create & expand advantages over their customers ...
In PowerBuilder, an event is used as a place to put code in reaction to something. The .NET world uses events differently and, in my opinion, more appropriately. In .NET, an event is just notification that something happened. This lets other objects react to changes while PowerBuilder’...
The night before the event at 35,000ft, traveling due North... The Roadshow is a four track, four location event covering Data Management, Data Analytics, PowerBuilder & Mobility, stopping at Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki. I am taking part in the Mobility Track and will be a...
SAP TechEd is a new environment for Sybase, with the possibility of many or most attendees not having much experience with Sybase products, or perhaps not even having heard of Sybase, beyond the acquisition announcements. It was pleasing to see "Sybase technology" prominently mentioned...
When Sybase originally released PowerBuilder 10.0, one of the new features they added with that version was the PowerDesigner plug-in. There had been a number of IDE “add-in” third-party products for PowerBuilder before (e.g, SmartPaste, SmartJump), but this was the first time that Syb...
If you don’t know the words to this classic folk song, here they are: Oh, the old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be, Ain’t what she used to be, ain’t what she used to be. The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be, Many long years ago. I can’t count how many times I hea...
While there is literature describing how to use .NET controls in PB (see for example, past issues of this magazine), all are silent on how to set control properties at runtime and how to persist them. This article will address both issues. Like regular OLE controls, you can allow you...
We make EMR (Electronic Medical Record) Software. Being users ourselves, our development approach has been entirely from the users’ perspective. The ease and simplicity of the PowerBuilder development environment deserves due credit for the relative success of our efforts. Our main dev...
Clips or snippets are pieces of code that are either difficult to remember or often used with minor tweaks. Developers look for ways to leverage their IDE to write code snippets once and then paste them into an editor whenever / wherever they are needed. In Classic the IDE facility is ...
One of the things that PowerBuilder developers have been asking for years is the ability to include state-of-the-art graphic elements in their applications. With the advent of WPF Targets in PowerBuilder.NET 12.0, that capability has finally arrived. You can do quite a bit with the n...
I was proud to be part of TechWave 2010 Keynote in Washington DC, presenting after John Chen and Dr Raj Nathan. It was my pleasure to present to the 750+ audience, a 10 minute section on the ease of Mobilizing SAP Data via a scenario of an Enterprise Company empowering their Informatio...
There are certain authors whose books I look forward to reading because they don't just repackage a manual but offer practical real-work examples and advice. One such author is Scott Mitchell. He has revised his previous version of this book to encompass ASP.NET 4 . This book is well w...
At the upcoming Sybase Northwest User Group Meetings, join John Strano of Sybase as he presents an introduction to and an overview of PowerBuilder 12. "Included in this presentation will be a guided tour of the new PowerBuilder .NET IDE and a primer on Windows Presentation Foundation (...
As software developers, our mission is to deliver positive, technology-based solutions – software that provides both the means and the method for working faster, performing better, achieving more. There is little doubt that the technologies we create provide users with the control and ...
TechWave 2010 is now in the bag, quite literally as today the attendees register and pick up their TechWave rucksacks. Most of us Sybase Employees, are now camped in Washington DC and everything is ready. If there presenters are not here already they will be soon, as today is the Welco...
We have some outstanding Sponsors, check them out at http://www.sybase.com/techwave?htab=Sponsors TechWave Tip… Make notes, though presentations will be made available, you may get some golden nuggets of information verbally. You may also wish to ask the presenter face to face quest...
SAP AG has announced the completion of its acquisition of Sybase, a partner and a market leader in managing, analyzing, and mobilizing business information. Through this transaction, SAP intends to accelerate the reach of SAP solutions across mobile platforms and drive forward the real...
There has been some talk lately about the impact of the new .NET PBL and EXE format on applications that dynamically integrate InfoMaker reports (or other external PBLs). The concern is that since PowerBuilder has gone .NET and InfoMaker remains Classic, platform differences will break...
I grew up in a Brooklyn NY apartment building. As a young kid, one of my rainy day after-school pastimes was playing card games with the other kids in my building. One of the games we played was crazy eights. If you’re curious about this simple card game, check out the Wikipedia descri...
PowerBuilder has very good online help and documentation that extensively covers most aspects of programming with PowerBuilder. However, from time to time you’ll come across a problem that you can’t find an answer to in the online help or documentation. If a search on the Internet does...
Sybase is currently in the middle of the most aggressive marketing program that I’ve seen for PowerBuilder in recent history. If you’ve been following my blog (and if you haven’t you should) you’ll know that Sybase recently ran a four-page ad in Visual Studio magazine promoting the rel...