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I have been asked many times by various clients, students, and the IT curious about PowerBuilder: When did Sybase develop the product and how did it evolve? I keep telling this story and answering e-mails on the subject. I am now to the point where I have decided that I should have PBDJ formally publish this story for posterity. This story is solely from my own personal perspective and I'm sure that I may have a somewhat distorted view of time and space (which keeps getting worse at my age). But anyway, here is a perspective of how life (as a DataWindow) began. Episode I - The Phantom Product In a galaxy, far, far away... before Sybase... PowerBuilder was developed as a prototype by Cullinet Database Systems of Boston. Cullinet was the developer of the IDMS DBMS and ADS-Online (Application Development System). IDMS was originally developed by BF Goodrich, the tire co... (more)

PowerBuilder Top Feature Picks

PBDJ - PowerBuilder Journal PowerBuilder 11.5 was released in the third quarter of 2008 and by early 2009 had made its way into many IT development shops. The draw is a significant set of enhancements that move the development experience closer to the nirvana anticipated in the PowerBuilder 12.0 release. PB 12.0 will complete Sybase's initial four-phase long range plan for PowerBuilder that was laid out in late 2003 (see Figure 1). In the meantime, PB 11.5 raises the bar in major areas such as application functionality, database connectivity, newer MS-Windows operating system com... (more)

PowerBuilder Feature Story: "Context-Sensitive Help"

The Las Vegas heat must have gotten to me as I started a new PocketBuilder application and wanted to encompass some of the "context sensitive" help features that I have previously used in a PowerBuilder application. I knew that this was not going to be easy, as the Pocket PC operating system does not support the (Multiple Document Interface) behavior. As a result, neither the Micro-Help bar nor pop-up help (also known as "bubble help") are available as they would be in a standard PowerBuilder application. PowerBuilder developers also use a nice feature named "PowerTipText" that ... (more)

PowerBuilder 11.2 Released: Sybase's Flagship IDE

Chris Pollach's Blog Sybase has released the production version of its flagship .NET development tool - PowerBuilder version 11.2. This latest release of its premier IDE for RAD includes not only standard fixes but also a good list of new features. Here is the "Coles Notes" version of these new features ...AJAX functionality for Web Forms applications introduces AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) update functionality for Web Forms applications. With ASP.NET AJAX, the page is updated by refreshing individual regions of the page asynchronously. Telerik RadControls supported Power... (more)

PBDJ Cover Story — Why Upgrade to PB11?

Why upgrade to PowerBuilder 11? Here are some interesting and compelling reasons in my opinion... First, before we even get into the PowerBuilder details, PB 11 will be shipping with the new SQL Anywhere version 10 DBMS. This newest release is "jam-packed" with over 200 new features and performance improvements so this DBMS engine will rival the big guys like Oracle, DB/2, SS2005 - but at a fraction of the price. What caught my eye were features like table encryption, column compression, reduced locking overhead, parallel queries, improved BLOB indexing, failover/mirroring, .NET... (more)