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If you've been following Sybase's announcements concerning their plans for future versions of PowerBuilder, you'll know that they are planning for PowerBuilder 15 to be able to generate a Silverlight application and are looking at having it generate applications based on HTML5 as well. If you've been following this column, you'll know I've been arguing that we need Silverlight generation much sooner than that. Back in November of 2008[1], I suggested that by the time PowerBuilder 12 was delivered, Microsoft would have Silverlight 3 out and it would be much more stable and ubiquitous. PowerBuilder 12 is here, and Microsoft is actually already on Silverlight 4. According to statowl.com, Silverlight was installed in 20% of browsers in November of 2008 and is now installed in 56% of browsers. Riastats.com indicates that Silverlight 4 is installed in 56% of browsers, an... (more)

DataWindow.NET Pet Shop

In the early days of Java, a sample application called Java Pet Store was introduced as a "blueprint and guideline" for Java development. A few years later when Microsoft introduced .NET, they also provided a similar sample application to demonstrate preferred methods of coding for .NET called .NET Pet Shop. That has subsequently resulted in a bit of warfare as the two camps attempted to demonstrate why their implementation was a better, higher-performance implementation. To provide a sample of using DataWindow.NET, I took a look at the .NET Pet Shop with an eye toward demonstra... (more)

Whither Windows?

One of the questions that I've been pondering lately is what will become of Windows. Based on the buzz about BYOD (bring your own device), tablets and the like, and the less-than-stellar reception of Windows 8 and Surface (Microsoft's Windows 8 tablet), you'd think that Windows was on its last legs. Combine this with the "death of the PC" hype, and things look bleak. They would look particularly bleak for PowerBuilder developers for two reasons. First, the PowerBuilder IDE is only available for the Windows platform. There were versions available for the Mac and UNIX at one point, ... (more)

Book Excerpt: Sybase Adaptive Server Anywhere

Sybase's Adaptive Server Anywhere (ASA) is a small footprint, low maintenance database designed for mobile, embedded, personal and workgroup settings. In spite of its compact nature, it still provides all the "big iron" features, such as replication, synchronization, and Java in the database. It is also a very flexible database, which makes it highly suitable for use in the development of prototypes for applications that might eventually be implemented in other database systems. Finally, it's the one database that is provided with PowerBuilder (a single-user license that can be up... (more)

Perhaps I Haven’t Made Myself Clear...

I've been discussing HTML5 for some time now. In July of 2010, I mentioned that I wasn't particularly concerned about PowerBuilder supporting HTML5 in the initial PowerBuilder.NET release (12.5) because: "HTML5 is largely still in its infancy, and there appears to be too much opportunity for it to fragment as previous HTML standards have done." [1] In December of 2010 I devoted an entire editorial to HTML5 [2], noting that: "I have some basic concerns that make me reluctant to recommend using HTML5 as the basis for any line of business application development in the near future." ... (more)