7/07 – Desta announced the release of PB2XLS 1.2. PB2XLS is a component for
PowerBuilder applications that allows the developer to create Excel files,
write information into cells and worksheets, and format cells and worksheets.
PB Code Analyzer 3.8
9/15 – Ascension Labs announced the release of PB Code Analyzer 3.8. The PB
Code Analyzer suite consists of many useful tools integrated together in a
simple to use yet powerful interface.
Spanish Language Tutorial
9/16 – El Portal de PowerBuilder began a series of tutorials on using
PowerBuilder 9. They were originally released in Word format, but are now
available in HTML.
Pocket PowerBuilder Planner
9/2003 – dwextreme.com made a version of their planner available for Pocket
One of the long awaited features introduced in PowerBuilder 10.5 is support
for contemporary (aka Office XP) menus and toolbars. The first difference
you'll notice is that the flat contemporary style and new icons are used
extensively throughout the PowerBuilder IDE itself (Figure 1).
New Menu Options
The next thing you'll notice is a dizzying array of new options in a new
"Appearance" tab page in the Properties pane for the top level menu item.
What adds to the dizzying effect is that the menu options (Figure 2) and the
toolbar options (Figure 6) are all combined on the same tab ... (more)
Did you know you can make automated installs for your PocketPC and SmartPhone
applications created with PocketBuilder? When you use a PocketBuilder project
to compile your application, it automatically creates an
_setup.ini file that can be fed to a third-party EZSetup
program to create the installation executable (see Listing 1). It also
creates a _makecab.bat file that is used to create the CAB
file (see Listing 2). The project even automatically executes that file. That
batch file includes a commented-out call to the EZSetup program.
There ar... (more)
Back in August of 2006, I wrote an article about calling .NET components from
PowerBuilder using COM wrappers (i.e., CCW). Since I was basing it on a
registry entry approach, the technique demonstrated required the component to
be added to the GAC, which in turn required that we create a strong name and
sign the assembly (besides having it compiled as a COM-visible assembly).
You don't always have access to the GAC or the registry of the machine that
you need to deploy your application to. Well, fortunately we have some
options. Beginning with Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, t... (more)
In July I wrote an article for PBDJ explaining what the PowerBuilder Web
Deployment Kit, by Bruce Armstrong, version 1.0, was and how to use it (Vol.
7, issue 7). Well, things change rapidly in this brave new world, and by the
time you read this a new major version of the PBWDK will be available.
Version 2.0 offers some significant new features (see Table 1), but also
requires some significant changes in the way the product is used. This
article then is an update of the original, explaining how to take advantage
of those new features. I'm also providing some improved HTML/JavaScri... (more)