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Third-Party Tools
Visual Guard for PB11
06/21/2007 - Novalys released Visual Guard for PB11. This tool secures PowerBuilder 11 applications and supports .NET Winform and ASP .NET Web forms deployment. For more information, visit:
www.visual-guard.com/role-profile-user-permission/us/info/ profile-user-permission-powerbuilder.htm

06/17/2007 - TopWizProgramming added a sample of using the Scintilla editor in PowerBuilder to its Web site.

06/17/2007 - TopWizProgramming added an ODBC API sample to its Web site. This program lets you use the ODBC API to get information about the structure of any database with an ODBC driver.

PBDelta 5.2.4
06/09/2007 - PowerBuilder Developer's Resource (PBDR) released version 5.2.4 of PBDelta. The new version includes a number of fixes.

PowerBuilder 11
06/12/2007 - Sybase announced the availability of Sybase PowerBuilder 11, its premier 4GL rapid application development (RAD) tool. Building on its strength in quickly developing data-driven applications necessary to critical business functions, PowerBuilder 11 provides PowerBuilder developers with the simplest, easiest, and most cost-effective way to deploy applications on the .NET platform. PowerBuilder 11 simplifies .NET development and is part of Sybase's plan to deliver robust support for the .NET Framework.

With this release, PowerBuilder 11 provides developers with the flexibility to deploy applications as .NET Windows Forms, Web Forms, and .NET Smart Clients, as well as develop traditional client/server business applications and Web Services. PowerBuilder 11 continues to support integration with J2EE environments and Win32 applications. Integration with the leading development platforms provides a more open, flexible environment for developers with heterogeneous platform requirements. PowerBuilder also offers increased productivity as it enables less complex coding and shorter development cycles than applications built with 3GL-level tools.

New features in PowerBuilder 11 include the following capabilities:

  • Deploy PowerBuilder non-visual objects (NVOs) as .NET assemblies and .NET Smart Client applications
  • Deploy PowerBuilder NVOs as Web Services and PowerBuilder applications to the Web quickly using ASP.NET
  • Support for Microsoft SQL Server SNC and Oracle 10g RAC
  • Ability to use Web Services as data sources for DataWindow New licenses for PowerBuilder 11 start at $2,995, with updates to older versions beginning at $1,495.
PocketBuilder 2.1
06/28/2007 - Sybase released PowerBuilder 2.1, which contains:
  • Windows Mobile 5 and 6 support
  • Microsoft Vista support
  • Native interop with the new ARM-based emulators
  • Full SQL Anywhere 10 and UltraLite 10 support (but NOT UltraLite-MobiLink-10 - but soon)
  • updated documentation
  • ALL the PB-11 IDE enhancements
    - system tree updates (sorting, icons, double-clicking )
    - source control updates (some that are even scheduled for PB 11.1)
    - remembering DataWindow retrieval arguments
    - enhancements to the library painter
  • PBLDump utility
  • numerous bug fixes
StreamBase Complex Event Processing
06/19/2007 - Sybase announced that its Real-time Analytics Platform, a highly optimized real-time data processing service platform, now integrates with StreamBase's high-performance Complex Event Processing (CEP) platform. The joint solution will support real-time applications having large storage requirements, such as back testing for algorithmic trading, risk analysis, and historical trade auditing. The driving market forces behind this solution include competitive pressure to build complex quantitative trading strategies, a heightened demand for combined static and dynamic data analysis, and the explosive growth of market data volumes.

Offline-Web Mobile Inspection Toolkit
06/25/2007 - Sybase iAnywhere announced the availability of a new toolkit targeted at creating mobile forms for field inspection and survey applications. The toolkit is built on the company's Information Anywhere suite, which enables developers to build always-available applications that provide wireless and offline access to enterprise information. The toolkit uses the offline Web capability of the suite, which enables developers to create wireless Web applications that can also run offline - a key requirement for mobile enterprise solutions. Mobilizing paper-based survey and inspection applications using an offline Web approach is one of the ways customers have been using the Information Anywhere suite.

Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE)
ASE Voted Best Linux Database
06/26/2007 - Sybase announced that Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE), the company's enterprise-class relational database system, won Enterprise Open Source Magazine's Readers' Choice Award for the third year running. Sybase ASE was voted "Best Linux Database" by members of the open source community. The winners of the Readers' Choice Awards were revealed today by SYS-CON, the parent publishing company for Enterprise Open Source Magazine, at the second annual Enterprise Open Source Conference in New York, where Sybase was a silver sponsor. This year the Enterprise Open Source Conference was co-located with the SOA World Conference & Expo 2007. The Enterprise Open Source Readers' Choice Awards program, held by SYS-CON Media, honors excellence in solutions used by some of the industry's top open source users and decision makers, including Sybase customers such as Addison Lee, Ouro Minas, China Railway Express, and National Leasing. The awards are a community-driven process in which participating products are nominated by the industry's vendors, customers, and users, as well as by the readers of Enterprise Open Source Magazine, which caters to professionals in the open source industry.

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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