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Bruce Armstrong

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Last month we looked at Microsoft's .NET Pet Shop sample application and saw how DataWindow.NET technology could be used in the data access layer of an ASP.NET-based application to reduce the its complexity and increase developer productivity. This month we'll look at another Microsoft sample application to see what benefits DataWindow.NET technology can provide when used for data presentation and data access in a Windows Forms (WinForms) application. To fully appreciate how much DataWindow.NET simplifies the development of database applications in Windows Forms, you'll need the Microsoft sample application as a reference point. In this case, you'll want the Visual Basic .NET Code Sample: Data Access - Data Entry Form available at www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx? FamilyID=34e601ca-e4b8-43ac-bfa9-426483a392df&displaylang=en. The sample connects to the North... (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)

PowerBuilder with FusionCharts

Back in August of 2007, I wrote an article entitled "Dynamically Generating Next-Generation Charts from PowerBuilder DataWindows" that demonstrated one method of dynamically generating Flash charts from within a PowerBuilder application. I was primarily writing that from the perspective of writing standard client/server applications. PowerBuilder 11 was just freshly released, and so while the option of creating WebForm applications that incorporated the technology was a factor that was being considered, it wasn't part of the sample at that time. Fortunately, Haibo Ni of Sybase d... (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)

Is the Ladder We’re Climbing Resting on the Wrong Wall?

Enterprise Architecture on Ulitzer John Strano came to Los Angeles on part of the PowerBuilder 12.0 ISUG road show. If you have an opportunity to attend one in your area, run by either John or Dave Fish, they're well worth attending. John demonstrated some impressive new features of the new version of PowerBuilder, including a fly-away image effect (see Figures 1 and 2) as well as DataWindow skinning (see Figure 3). Of course, this is all based on Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and the WPF DataWindow. I found it all quite impressive. I think we're about to experience one... (more)