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
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)
This year TechWave 2005 took place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. For those
of you who didn't make it, the following is a recap of the events, with a
couple of thoughts and suggestions thrown in.
Sunday, August 21
Test Your Sybase Knowledge Gameshow
Four TeamSybase members (Millard Brown, Terry Voth, Mike Nicewarner, and
myself) do battle against a team of Sybase employees. Each team took turns
answering multiple-choice questions off a Jeopardy-style game board. Fifty
percent of the questions were related to Sybase engineering and the rest were
from other walks of life. There wer... (more)
If that doesn’t ring a bell, it’s from the Reagan /Carter debates
in the 1980 election cycle. Carter had presented a string of criticisms of
Reagan’s positions, which Reagan pretty much dismissed with that
Back in the heyday of client/server development, the folks at Borland
released a hit piece on PowerBuilder written by a Delphi advocate. You can
still find a copy of it as a series of articles on the CodeGear site.
They’ve revised the title so it no longer indicates that it’s
comparing PowerBuilder 5.0 and Delphi 2.0. For that matter, eve... (more)
One of the indications of how well a product is doing is how well the
ecosystem surrounding it is doing. For a software product that can be
determined by a number of things, including how active user groups are and
whether the number of third-party products that work with it are increasing
Well, thanks in large part to the efforts of Sybase to promote the new
version, there have been user group meetings across the world recently.
Upcoming events are still scheduled for London, UK, Zurich, Switzerland and
The third-party product market for PowerBuilder... (more)
PowerBuilder 12.5 introduced a number of significant enhancements to web
services support, both for creation and consumption. In particular, the
following were introduced as new features in PowerBuilder.NET:
WCF client proxy WCF service target REST client proxy
We're going to look at what those new features provide and how to use them.
We're also going to look at how we can package some of that functionality so
that it can be used from PowerBuilder Classic applications as well.
Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
First though, some background. When support for a web service client... (more)