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What forums you may ask; the Sybase NNTP forums? No, those are going away. Not on the schedule that was originally proposed (December 1 of 2012), but they will go away soon. Replacing them are the online discussion forums in the PowerBuilder Development Center (PDC), part of the SAP Community Network (SCN). Never fear though, the information on the Sybase NNTP forums aren't going away; a searchable archive of the messages will be available. If you've been using PowerBuilder for a long period of time, then you'll know we've gone through a similar transition before. We started in one section of a Windows Developers section in CompuServe. In 1993, PowerSoft was moved to their own separate section in CompuServe for support of all their products. By 1997 though, the Internet had come of age and the decision was made to officially move the forums from CompuServe onto a Syb... (more)

User Group Malaise?

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 group.[1] It had me wondering why such a group would have difficulty holding meetings. Of course, the issue may be specific to that partic... (more)

JavaServer Faces DataWindow

A few months ago I promised to look at four new or updated technologies coming from Sybase and discuss my concerns with each of them. So far we've looked at the deployment to ASP.NET feature coming in PowerBuilder 11 and the Application Server Plug-in for PowerBuilder that is being introduced simultaneously with (but as a separate product from) EAServer 6.0. This month I'll be looking at the JSF DataWindow and next month I'll be covering DataWindow.NET. The JSF DataWindow will be introduced with the next version of Sybase Workspace. Sybase Workspace is a set of integrated plug-i... (more)

Sybase Techwave 2007: Dynamically Generating Next-Generation Charts from PowerBuilder DataWindows

It will come as a surprise to no one that PowerBuilder's native graphing capabilities are somewhat lacking. Even the Define Graph Style dialog for the DataWindow graph style seems to have been left out of the GUI update in PowerBuilder 10.5 (see Figure 1). Forget Windows 95, this looks like something out of the version of Excel that came with Windows 3.1. So what would we want from updated graphing capabilities? I can think of a few important features: Something that would work equally well in a Web application as a client/server one. Transitions, to allow some animation in the g... (more)

Creation and Consumption of Web Services with PowerBuilder

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)