Friday, July 21, 2006

Deploying to non-default web site - revisited

A while back I posted a note on how to create a setup project in VS.Net that allowed you to deploy to a non-default web site.  Well, there's a problem with that.  It appears that if you have the .Net Framework 2.0 installed on your development machine and/or the web server you are deploying to, you will no longer be able to deploy ASP.Net 1.1 applications at all using that technique.  It appears that the newer DCPA.DLL that technique uses is incompatible with .Net Framework 2.0.  You can find out more here.  Fortunately, simply re-installing the older version of DCPA.DLL corrects it.  Unfortunately, that leaves you without a solution for deploying to a non-default web site, at least for now, if .Net Framework 2.0 is on the same machine.  But at least you'll know why your installs suddenly stopped working.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

PowerGen 6.5 available

PowerGen Version 6.5 has been released and is available immediately for download. This release adds support for PowerBuilder V10.5 and continues support for PB V5.x, 6.x, 7.x, 8.x, 9.x and 10.0.

PowerGen Version 6.5 includes many new features and problem fixes.  For example, in V6.5 you can import and export HEXASCII-encoded source files.  You can create projects directly from Target (.PBT) files.  We've also improved usability such as lengthening the menus in the most-recently-used file list, so that more of the project path is shown.

These, plus miscellaneous improvements and fixes make PowerGen Version 6.5 a significant new release.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

TechWave 2006

The structure of the conference has changed significantly this year.

The 2 and 4 day AM education courses are gone, at least in that format. This year what were the 2 day classes are given in a single 5 hour session on either Monday or Tuesday afternoon. What were the 4 day AM courses are given in a single 10 hour session all day Tuesday.

What were originally just PM courses are now given as both AM and PM courses, given on Wednesday (all day) and Thursday morning (no PM sessions other than education courses on Monday or Tuesday).

The keynote sessions are longer. Or perhaps more accurately, they're as long as they've been in prior conferences, but the schedule has finally been adjusted to officially indicate their length. Keynotes are from 8AM to noon on Monday and Tuesday.

The Tech Support Solution Lab has been moved out of the Exhibit Hall and now has additional hours. In particular, it opens at 6AM and runs until the start of the keynotes or morning sessions (8AM). It also stays open until 9PM on Monday, 8PM on Tuesday, 6PM on Wednesday and 1PM on Thursday.

The ISUG Enhancement Session is now on Wednesday evening (just prior to the special event) rather than Thursday morning. They are also being run separately (there are no afternoon sessions scheduled at the same time).

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

ISUG Techcast: JSF Web DataWindow

ISUG Techcast: JSF Web DataWindow -- Taking Java Server Faces to the Next Level

Join us on July 18, 2006 - 01:00 PM (EST) for the next ISUG Techcast.

Lets face it. Building high quality, Web application user interfaces is hard. Java Server Faces (JSF) Web technology seeks to simplify that. Sybase WorkSpaces JSF Web DataWindow and Web Application Development Module goes it one better.

The DataWindows 4GL WYSIWYG capability helps customize the look and feel of the Web page, and binds the presentation to business logic using drag and drop. With Sybase's patented DataWindow technology, the convenience of codeless data-driven application development is brought to Web applications via a JSF component. The DataWindow engine has the intelligence to automatically track the users modifications, then create SQL UPDATE, INSERT and DELETE statements from scratch freeing the developer to concentrate more on architecture and business logic.

Join John Strano, Technology Evangelist, Sybase, Inc., as he discusses the JSF Web DataWindows latest innovations in data presentation and data manipulation on the Web.

Join us to learn how:

Sybase WorkSpaces visual development environment gives the developer the flavor of a 4GL experience
WorkSpaces Web Application Development module provides life-cycle support including design, development, debug/test, and deployment of Web applications
The JSF component user interface framework eases the burden of writing and maintaining applications that run on an application server and renders their User Interfaces back to a target client
JSF Web DataWindow enables you to win the data manipulation, data presentation game hands down

Learn more about the ways in which Sybase WorkSpace and DataWindow technology can help you get the most out of your precious development hours.

Register at

Monday, July 10, 2006

Where’s TeamSybase?

Sort of the TechWave equivalent of "Where's Waldo?". Find the really geeky guys (and gal) amongst a crowd of, well, other geeky guys (and gals). So where will TeamSybase be at:

Test Your Sybase IQ Gameshow
Sunday August 6th: 4pm to 7 pm
A Jeopardy style gameshow between TeamSybase and Sybase in which the audience (you) win prizes. It's a grudge match as a result of last year's blowout.

Tech Support Solutions Lab
Monday August 7th: 5pm to 9pm
Tuesday August 8th: 6am to 8am and 12pm to 8pm
Wednesday August 9th: 6am to 8am and 2pm to 6pm
Thursday August 10th: 9:30 am to 1pm

The Tech Support Solutions Lab is located off the Exhibit Hall and directly across from the Registration & Information Center on the fourth floor, Palace Ballroom Foyer. TeamSybase will be supporting Sybase support staff as they answer your tech support questions for free. This year there are extended and early morning sessions (which will include breakfast) in order to accommodate your schedules.

Exhibit Hall
Monday August 7th: 6pm to 8pm
Tuesday, August 8th: 12:00pm to 1:00 pm, 2:30 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Wednesday, August 9th: 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Either hanging out at the ISUG Booth, the PBDJ Booth (for those who are PBDJ authors and editors) or at thier own Sponsor Booth (PowerObjects).

Monday August 7th: 1pm to 6pm
Adaptive Server Enterprise Tips and Tricks - Rob Verschoor, Roman Ballroom, Salon IV
Tuesday August 8th: 1pm to 6pm
PowerBuilder Tips and Tricks - John Strano - Roman Ballroom, Salon III
Wednesday August 9th: 8:00am to 9:30am
Using PowerDesigner - A Case Study - Michael Nicewarner - Pompeian Ballroom, Salon III
Advanced DataWindow.Net – Dave Fish and Bruce Armstrong – Genoa
Wednesday August 9th: 11:00am to 12:00pm
Using PowerBuilder to develop applications for Oracle: Special Considerations - Bruce Armstrong - Florentine Ballroom, Salon IV
Wednesday, August 9th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
PowerBuilder Foundation Classes (PFC): The Open Source Project - Boris Gasin, Terry Voth, Bruce Armstrong, Alex Whitney - Florentine Ballroom, Salon IV
Wednesday August 9th: 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Building a web application Engine using Sybase DataWindow - Dean Jones - Florentine Ballroom, Salon IV
Thursday, August 11th, 9:45am to 10:45am
Tips, Tricks & New Features in ASE - Rob Verschoor - Roman Ballroom, Salon III
PowerBuilder: Services are the key to reuse – Jeff Pryslak and Bruce Armstrong – Roman Ballroom, Salon IV

Sunday, July 09, 2006

ISUG Journal

ISUG is in the process of producing an expanded Journal in order to cover more of the Sybase/iAnywhere product line. Articles are typically 4-6 pages in length (~2250-~3500 words + graphics) and are due during the month before the publishing quarter. (e.g., the deadline for the Q4 edition would be in September). Published authors are paid $250 for their work, and are eligible for the annual ISUG Journal Award competition.

ISUG also accepts smaller "Tips & Tricks"-type submissions. These are generally 2 pages in length (~1000 words + graphics) with the same due date as the regular articles. Due to the reduced size, the payment for these articles is $100.

If you are interested in finding out more, including the precise deadline dates for the issue of interest, please contact

[Of course, I'm also always looking for authors for the PowerBuilder Developer's Journal as well, so feel free to submit to both of us if the material is appropriate for both]

Saturday, July 08, 2006

ISUG Annual Meeting

ISUG will be holding its annual member meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada at the end of TechWave 2006. Please join us on Thursday, August 10th after the morning sessions. Grab your boxed lunch and join us for a review of ISUG business and of course the ISUG member raffle.

Friday, July 07, 2006

ISUG enhancement sessions

This year they will be held on Wednesday August 9th at 4pm. There are no other sessions scheduled for that time, so pick the topic nearest and dearest to you and stop in to discuss the future of your favourite Sybase products!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Important ISUG News

From the ISUG President's newsletter. See in particular the highlighted section. There's really no excuse anymore for folks not to be participating in the ISUG enhancement process.

ISUG Announces New Membership Benefits Pricing and Renewal Promotion

Last month ISUG announced changes to our member benefits structure. We wanted to take this opportunity to give you a second look at the changes.

There are now three benefit packages available to our members:

  • Basic: Access to the members-only website, including full participation in the ISUG Enhancements process (i.e., with voting rights), and ability to see featured articles from the expanded Technical Journal. This is especially ideal for students and those on a limited budget.

  • Journal: Basic package, plus a subscription to the ISUG Technical Journal (print and online editions) -- perfect for anyone that doesn't require the free Sybase/iAnywhere software benefits. Also includes a 20% discount on a subscription to PBDJ.

  • Complete: Journal package, plus access to all the free NFR and developer-edition software benefits, and all the discounts.

Membership benefits package pricing is as follows:

  • Basic: $20.00 (USD)

  • Journal: $70.00 (USD)

  • Complete: $95.00 (USD)

In addition, the price for Corporate memberships has changed as follows:

  • Workplace Corporate (up to 6 members) -- $375

  • Enterprise Corporate (up to 12 members) -- $600

You can change your level of benefits when you renew your membership, but the change will not take effect until the expiration of your original membership. If you wish to upgrade your benefit level during your membership year, please contact Please note that no refunds or partial-refunds will be issued for your current year's level of benefits.