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PowerBuilder News - All things of interest to the PB community

PowerBuilder News - All things of interest to the PB community


Initial development work has started on GWEN. GWEN is an acronym for the GlobalWare Enterprise Nucleus, a toolkit and remote management console for Caché database applications. The project uses a PowerBuilder front end hosted over the Web through the Windows ActiveX control.


PowerBuilder 10.0 Released
7/25 - Sybase released PowerBuilder 10.0, which introduces a number of new features including Unicode support, the XML DataWindow (a revised version of the HTML DataWindow implemented through CSS, XSLT, and XML), and refactoring support through the integration of PowerDesigner object modeler into the PowerBuilder IDE through a plug-in interface. More information on the product, including a downloadable evaluation version, is available at:

DataWindow.NET 1.0 Released
7/25 - Sybase released DataWindow.NET 1.0, an implementation of the PowerBuilder DataWindow, DataStore, and Transaction classes as .NET components. More information on the product, including a downloadable evaluation version, can be found at:


Integrated Wi-Fi Location and Active RFID Tracking Solution
8/16 - Sybase and AeroScout, a Wi-Fi standards-based enterprise visibility solutions provider, announced the availability of a mobile real-time RFID tracking solution. The combined solution allows organizations to quickly locate and determine the availability of critical resources using Wi-Fi wireless network-based infrastructure, thereby improving asset utilization and enhancing service quality.

The Sybase mobile real-time RFID solution, which supports relational database management systems such as Adaptive Server Enterprise and SQL Anywhere Studio, aggregates location data from AeroScout's active RFID solution, as well as other passive RFID sources, and delivers it to mobile devices such as smart phones and PDAs, including Palm and PocketPC.

Beta Program for Next Genera-tion Enterprise-Class RDBMS
8/16 - Sybase announced the beta release of Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise 15.0, the company's enterprise-class relational database management system (RDBMS). Developers are invited to join the ASE 15.0 beta program to get ahead of the curve by evaluating and testing the new version's expanded data management capabilities, receive in-depth implementation advice, and ensure that their valuable feedback is incorporated into the final feature set. All Tier One participants will receive a free copy of Rob Vershoor's "The Complete Sybase ASE Quick Reference Guide." Additional product and beta registration information is available online at:

Earnings Release
7/22 - Sybase reported total revenues of $188.0 million for the 2004 second quarter ended June 30, 2004, versus total revenue of $192.0 million for the 2003 second quarter.


iAnywhere Named Number One
8/17 - In a recent report, "Worldwide Mobile Device Management Enterprise 2003 Vendor Shares," IT market research advisory firm IDC recognized iAnywhere Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., as the leader in mobile device management enterprise software with higher revenues and market share than nearly 20 competitors. The results in this year's report reflect the acquisition of XcelleNet by Sybase in May 2004 and mark the third consecutive year that the XcelleNet Afaria product has led the MDM Enterprise software market.

IDC expects the MDM Enterprise market to reach a compound annual growth rate of 44.9 percent through 2008, reaching a total of $911.4 million. As defined by IDC, the Mobile Device Management Enterprise software provides standard features found in all desktop administration solutions, such as maintaining PC hardware and software inventories, performing software distribution, managing antivirus scan files, and enabling remote control for systems diagnostics.

Security Manager for Smartphones
7/12 - iAnywhere Solutions, a subsidiary of Sybase, announced XcelleNet Afaria Security Manager for Windows Mobile-based Smartphones. Extending its award-winning and proven support for a diverse array of front-line devices and platforms, this latest release establishes Afaria as the only solution that addresses security and device management for Smartphones, handheld devices, laptop computers, and tablet PCs from a single console.

UK Ministry of Defense
7/08 - iAnywhere Solutions, a subsidiary of Sybase, announced that its SQL Anywhere Studio database technology was chosen by General Dynamics UK Ltd. (GDUK) as a key component of the UK's Ministry of Defense (MOD) project to revolutionize its battlefield communications systems. Working with GDUK, iAnywhere plans to implement its industry-leading, small footprint-embedded database into a mobile military solution as part of the Ministry's BOWMAN CIP project, which will improve communications for the Army, Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force. The iAnywhere solution was chosen because its database technology offered the best results throughout rigorous benchmarking analysis and was the best engineered for the mobile battlefield environment.

Mobility Product of the Year
7/1 - iAnywhere Solutions, a subsidiary of Sybase, announced that its XcelleNet Afaria solution was named "Mobility Product of the Year" in the International Data Group (IDG) 2004 Network Awards. The prestigious awards recognize the best in the industry, rewarding companies and individuals for innovative and effective use of networking and telecommunications technology.


South American PB Seminars
Ruben Pillaca, the author of Aplicaciones Distribuidas Con PowerBuilder - a third-party PowerBuilder book in Spanish - is hosting a series of PowerBuilder seminars in select South American cities. More information is available on the www.powerbuilder.org site.

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Bruce Armstrong is a development lead with Integrated Data Services (www.get-integrated.com). A charter member of TeamSybase, he has been using PowerBuilder since version 1.0.B. He was a contributing author to SYS-CON's PowerBuilder 4.0 Secrets of the Masters and the editor of SAMs' PowerBuilder 9: Advanced Client/Server Development.

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