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POWERBUILDER Pocket PowerBuilder 8/04 - Sybase announced the general availability of Pocket PowerBuilder, the new integrated application development environment designed to simplify and speed the creation of mobile and wireless enterprise applications. Using Pocket PowerBuilder, developers can meet the growing demand for enterprise-class mobile solutions that deliver critical business information to workers using Windows CE-based devices. In addition, current PowerBuilder developers can leverage their expertise to build new and extend existing applications to mobile devices, helping to enable the unwired enterprise. SQL ANYWHERE SuSE Linux 8/11 - iAnywhere Solutions, a subsidiary of Sybase, announced that it is working with SuSE Linux in a technology alliance that provides access to continuing Linux developments at SuSE as well as support for the optimization of SQL ... (more)

OLE - Extending the Capabilities of PowerBuilder

This two-part article provides a primer on OLE, some practical examples of its use, and demonstrates some methods for addressing the limitations of PowerBuilder's implementation of OLE. In Part 1 I provided some background information for OLE and discussed the use of custom controls, in Part 2 I talk about OLE Automation and OLE objects. OLE Automation OLE Automation is the interface through which one application (e.g., Microsoft Outlook) makes the methods, properties, and events of its objects (e.g., Folders, Messages, Address Book) available for use within another application... (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)

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)

Using Add-ins with PowerBuilder .NET 12.0

When Sybase originally released PowerBuilder 10.0, one of the new features they added with that version was the PowerDesigner plug-in. There had been a number of IDE "add-in" third-party products for PowerBuilder before (e.g, SmartPaste, SmartJump), but this was the first time that Sybase had opened up an API to officially support add-ins to the IDE. Unfortunately, Sybase never documented how the API worked. So, even today in PowerBuilder 12 Classic, you can go to the Tools-> Plug-in Manager option and be presented with a dialog that appears to originally have been intended to su... (more)