PBDJ Feature Story
One of the main issues that PowerBuilder and PowerBuilder developers have
been facing for the last few years is the lack of mind share for the product.
Interest in PowerBuilder - as measured by news articles in Google's archive -
ramped up from its inception in 1991 until it hit its peak in 1996 with the
release of PowerBuilder 5.0. It dropped a bit off the peak but remained
steady until it peaked again in 2003 with the release of PowerBuilder 9.0 and
PocketBuilder 1.0. It's been dropping steadily since then though, with the
current activity about that of 1993. A look at Google trends also shows the
rapid decline in search activity since 2004 (as far back as Trends has data).
That is most likely the reason in the last year or so that PowerBuilder keeps
dropping off the end of the Tiobe Index.
All that seems to have changed with Sybase's announceme... (more)
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)
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)
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
Another important feature of the new product is the proxy serve... (more)
PBDJ - PowerBuilder Journal
PowerBuilder fans have been sharing code with one another since...well at
least since the beginning days of CompuServe in the early 1990s. When
PowerBuilder users gathered in just a single section in a general interest
programming forum, we had an associated file library section, and when we
moved to our own PowerSoft forum we had a series of file libraries.
That changed a bit when PowerSoft moved the end user forums off of CompuServe
and onto NNTP servers. The code samples that had been shared on CompuServe
got moved on the PowerSoft (and then later S... (more)