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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 was first introduced in PowerBuilder 9, it was done based on an open source library called EasySOAP. There were some limitations with that implementation, primarily because the EasySOAP library only supported SOAP 1.1, was limited to XML over HTTP transport, and provided no support for 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)

Eating Your Own Dog Food

You might remember from my TechWave 2004 notes, "eating your own dog food" is my favorite means of describing a company using its own products in its public interface to their customers (e.g., their Web site). If a company expects their customers to put faith in the utility and stability of the product, they should be showing that same confidence in the product themselves. Well, we have another excellent example of Sybase doing that. Are you familiar with the search engine on Sybase? No, not that search engine! That was the old one that ran slowly and gave you useless results. S... (more)

What's Coming in the Next Version of PowerBuilder?

Last month my editorial was about "must-have" improvements in PowerBuilder. Well, shortly after that piece was written we got a sneak peak at the enhancements coming in the next version of PowerBuilder. I can't say I got everything on my list, but some of the coming attractions are quite interesting. Strangely enough, the peak came as a result of an ISUG tech cast on the "compile to ASP.NET" feature that's supposed to be one of the major features of PowerBuilder 11. That feature is dependent on ASP.NET 2.0, and Microsoft recently announced a six-month slip in the ASP.NET 2.0 rele... (more)

Deploying PowerBuilder Components to JBoss

The PowerBuilder Application Server Plugin (PASP) is a new product offering from Sybase. It's currently in beta as part of the EAServer 6.0 beta; however, when released it will be distributed as a separate product. The PASP allows PowerBuilder developers to deploy PowerBuilder components to third-party application servers (JBoss, WebSphere, WebLogic, etc.), much the same as they can with EAServer today. This is of particular importance in companies that have already standardized on a non-EAServer application server. Another important feature of the new product is the proxy serve... (more)