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First there were the thin clients. Not the Internet thin clients, I'm talking about the mainframe applications with dumb terminals. Everything ran on the server; the client was basically there only to display and for input from the user. Then PCs came along and a paradigm shift occurred toward thick clients. Really thick clients in fact. Not only was the user interface running locally on the PC, but often so was the data access layer, with the application accessing local database files or perhaps a shared database file on the network. Key reasons for the shift were a better user experience and decentralization of development. PCs also tended to be cheaper and potentially faster than mainframe computing. The pendulum then swung back toward the middle with the advent of client/server computing. If you're an old dog like me, that's when you first started using PowerB... (more)

PowerBuilder Editorial: A Tale of Two Companies...

The first is Borland. Originally known for their development tools (e.g., Delphi, JBuilder, C++ Builder), in February of 2006 Borland announced they were planning to sell off the Development Tools Group so that they could focus on Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) product offerings. In November of 2006, after failing to find a buyer that met their criteria, they decided to spin off the development group into a wholly owned subsidiary called CodeGear. Just recently (two years after the original notice of the intent to sell) Borland announced that they were in fact selling the... (more)

Come Get Your Beta While It’s Hot

The PowerBuilder 12.0 beta has officially started. It's pretty hard to overstate the magnitude of the changes that are taking place within PowerBuilder for this version. As a result, it's more important than ever for as many people as possible to participate in order to get the most amount of feedback as possible back to Sybase. It's going to be a lot easier to let Sybase know there's a problem with a feature now before the "die is cast" and it's easier for them to fix than to wait until after the release to find the problem, and then have to wait for an EBF for a correction In ... (more)

Using the Microsoft Chart Controls in PowerBuilder

You may not be aware of this, but Microsoft now provides a rather powerful charting control free of charge as an add-in for .NET 3.5. It's available for download at http://xrl.us/ben3pm. Because it supports 35 different chart types (see Figure 1), it can add significant new charting capability to PowerBuilder applications. As a .NET visual control we should be able to use it "natively" within PowerBuilder .NET targets once PB 12 is released. However, for those using the current (pre-12.0) versions of PowerBuilder, and those who will still be creating Win32 target applications ev... (more)

The PowerBuilder Ecosystem

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 or decreasing. 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 Lima, Peru. The third-party product market for PowerBuilder... (more)