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Welcome to TechWave 2004

Welcome to TechWave 2004

For those of us using Sybase tools, this may be one of the more exciting TechWaves in recent years. PowerBuilder 10 should be released at or just prior to the start of TechWave 2004. We'll be covering the new features of PowerBuilder 10 here in these pages. In the past few months we've already covered the PowerDesigner plug-in and improvements in Web services support including UDDI. This issue covers the new XML DataWindow and revisions to the Rich Text Edit (RTE) control. Future issues will cover other new features such as support for Unicode and Section 508 Accessibility. I'm also sure there will be discussions during some of the PowerBuilder sessions regarding the planned or in-work features for PowerBuilder 11, including the much-anticipated "next-generation" PowerScript that was hinted at during TechWave 2003.

DataWindow.NET should also be released at or just prior to the start of TechWave 2004. However, even before it has been released, it has already become (as I write) a finalist for the Microsoft TechEd Europe 2004 (Amsterdam) Best of Show awards in the Software Component category! Recent issues of PBDJ have already discussed DataWindow.NET and I'm sure you'll see more in future issues.

PocketBuilder 1.5.2 should also be available at or just before TechWave 2004. This year, PocketBuilder received the Jolt Productivity Award in the Mobile Development Tools category. And I anticipate that there will be plenty of coverage in the PocketBuilder sessions of the features already in the works for PocketBuilder 2.0, including support for the Smartphone platform. Meanwhile, we have a regular column in PBDJ on PocketBuilder, including this month's article on using it to talk with EAServer.

PowerDesigner 10.0 was released earlier this year, and work is underway on PowerDesigner 11. I've seen some of the proposed changes since I helped with some usability testing, though I don't know if they'll have anything ready to show at TechWave. They have enough to show with the new features in version 10.0 though. And Gartner released a report this year indicating that PowerDesigner has reclaimed the position as the market-leading database modeling tool. We've already run a couple of articles on the integration that's possible between PowerDesigner and PowerBuilder in version 10 of both products, and you'll see more once PowerBuilder 10 is officially released.

Speaking of EAServer, EAServer 5.0 was released earlier this year, and work is underway on EAServer 6.0. We've already run a couple of articles on the new features in 5.0, particularly those having to do with improvements in Web services.

Things are hopping on the database side as well. In particular, Adaptive Server Anywhere 9.0 was released late last year, with the 9.0.1 maintenance release coming a few months ago. Because that product comes with PowerBuilder and PocketBuilder and is widely used by developers using both tools (particularly PocketBuilder), we are including an excerpt of Breck Carter's new book on Adaptive Server Anywhere in this issue.

If you are reading this at TechWave, I'd like to have an opportunity to meet you. Schedules can change, but I should be one of the instructors for the "Fast Track to PowerBuilder 10" morning class. In the afternoons a number of the TeamSybase members (including myself) can be found at the Sybase Technology Boardwalk in the exhibit hall. In addition, a number of the authors of the SAMS PowerBuilder 9 books will be available for book signings at the ISUG booth in the exhibit hall.

If you didn't make it to TechWave, not to worry. In the next couple of months we'll bring you up-to-date with what happened, and with all the new announcements and what they mean to you. Until next month...

More Stories By Bruce Armstrong

Bruce Armstrong is a development lead with Integrated Data Services (www.get-integrated.com). A charter member of TeamSybase, he has been using PowerBuilder since version 1.0.B. He was a contributing author to SYS-CON's PowerBuilder 4.0 Secrets of the Masters and the editor of SAMs' PowerBuilder 9: Advanced Client/Server Development.

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