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Read an interesting article about the .NET Developer Association user group in Redmond, Washington. You would think that the user group in Microsoft's backyard (the meetings are held at Microsoft's offices) wouldn't have any problems lining up guest speakers and drawing a crowd. Well, it looks like they do because they've had to cancel several recent meetings and have proposed taking a six-month break to try to determine how to revitalize the group.[1] It had me wondering why such a group would have difficulty holding meetings. Of course, the issue may be specific to that particular group. I don't know enough about the group to judge that. However, assuming that is not the case, the most likely causes would either be (a) a malaise setting in for .NET groups in particular or (b) a lack of interest in software developer tool user group meetings in general. It wouldn'... (more)

Sybase TechWave 2005 Conference Review

This year TechWave 2005 took place at Caesars Palace 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, August 21 Test Your Sybase Knowledge Gameshow Four TeamSybase members (Millard Brown, Terry Voth, Mike Nicewarner, and myself) do battle against a team of Sybase employees. Each team took turns answering multiple-choice questions off a Jeopardy-style game board. Fifty percent of the questions were related to Sybase engineering and the rest were from other walks of life. There wer... (more)

PowerBuilder Editorial - "There You Go Again"

If that doesn’t ring a bell, it’s from the Reagan /Carter debates in the 1980 election cycle. Carter had presented a string of criticisms of Reagan’s positions, which Reagan pretty much dismissed with that statement. Back in the heyday of client/server development, the folks at Borland released a hit piece on PowerBuilder written by a Delphi advocate. You can still find a copy of it as a series of articles on the CodeGear site. They’ve revised the title so it no longer indicates that it’s comparing PowerBuilder 5.0 and Delphi 2.0. For that matter, eve... (more)

The PowerBuilder Ecosystem

One of the indications of how well a product is doing is how well the ecosystem surrounding it is doing. For a software product that can be determined by a number of things, including how active user groups are and whether the number of third-party products that work with it are increasing or decreasing. Well, thanks in large part to the efforts of Sybase to promote the new version, there have been user group meetings across the world recently. Upcoming events are still scheduled for London, UK, Zurich, Switzerland and Lima, Peru. The third-party product market for PowerBuilder... (more)

Creation and Consumption of Web Services with PowerBuilder

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... (more)