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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)

Implementing the Microsoft Rich Edit Control

As we mentioned in Part 1 (PBDJ, Vol. 12, issue 7), we needed to implement spell checking in the rich edit fields in our application (see Figures 1 and 2). To do that, we got a license for the Sentry Spelling Checker Engine from Wintertree Software (www.wintertree-software.com). The utility is easily implemented and works quite well on standard Rich Edit controls. However, the PowerBuilder Rich Edit control is an OEM version of an old third-party control that was popular before Microsoft introduced its Rich Edit control to the common controls. As a result, the messages and funct... (more)

PowerBuilder News

PowerBuilder Third-Party Coolbar 08/12/2005 - Aart Onkenhout introduced Coolbar, wrappers around the Microsoft rebar and toolbar control to make it possible to have Office XP- and Office 2003-style toolbars in PowerBuilder applications. Although some of the features will be available in the newest PowerBuilder version (10.5), these wrappers make it possible to give an Office look to applications written in PB7 to PB 10.2 (and 10.5 too). www.onkenhout.speedlinq.nl/coolbar.html Coolmenu 08/12/2005 - Aart Onkenhout also released a new build of Coolmenu: 2.5 Build 126. Coolmenu now re... (more)

TechWave 2007

This year TechWave 2007 took place at Mandalay Bay 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 Officially the only thing going on Sunday was conference registration. However, there is a private TeamSybase/Sybase reception on Sunday evening where, among other things, new TeamSybase members are inducted. This year we added one new member: Roland Smith. Photos of the reception - along with all the other photos I've taken at TechWave - are available at http://public.fotki.com/b... (more)

Aliens Take Over Sybase...

Or well, perhaps it just seems that way. Like the Dilbert strip where aliens kidnap the PHB and one of them impersonates him. They all notice because he's suddenly more competent and caring, so they don't report it. Sybase released PowerBuilder 11.0 in June of 2007 and hyped it at TechWave in August. 11.1 was (as I write this) recently announced and expected to be delivered in mid-November. They're also talking publicly about an 11.2 release in the first quarter of 2008. Each of those point releases contains significant new features. It's the incremental release we've been asking ... (more)