After the Continental Breakfast and the morning education sessions comes the ISUG Enhancements Session. The enhancements suggested during the session include the following. If there was a response from Sybase during the session, it is indicated as a parenthetical after the suggestion.
- Want to share connection between PowerScript and .Net code in PowerBuilder 11. (There is a CR open, and itâ€™s planned for PB12 at the latest.)
- Automatically check out objects that are under source control when they are opened for editing.
- Ability to do multi-select from system tree
- Want an event on SQLCA that fires when a database error occurs.
- Want the equivalent of DataViews
- Want the environment object to indicate whether itâ€™s running under Vista and if so whether itâ€™s in 32 or 64 bit mode
- Want a radio button/check box style that spans multiple rows, so that rows can be selected/multi-selected.
- PBDOM support for .Net targets (perhaps other PBNI extensions as well).
- DataWindow with OLE object is exported without OLE binary information. If itâ€™s re-imported the reference to the object is lost.
- Do more of the setup for you for a webform deploy.
- Better support for handling long text and page breaks in a DataWindow. (DataWindow engine is being rewritten. They are looking at adding an expression to help force page breaking. We can also look at the limitation of the row fitting on a single page during the rewrite. It canâ€™t be fixed in the current implementation of the control though.)
- Problem with decimal datatypes in DataWindows. They change them to a different datatype, but during a migration to a new version of PowerBuilder the migration changes the datatype back to the original decimal datatype.
- Advanced search capability in PB6 that doesnâ€™t seem to work in later versions. (Reference to APU, which is available on CodeXchange).
- RTF edit style for DataWindow column
- Improve documentation in the help files
- Want DataWindow source in XML format (Itâ€™s already in the new version of the DataWindow, it just wasn't mentioned in the keynotes).
- Ability to change attributes in the DataWindow that arenâ€™t exposed currently
- Need to be able to support SetLibraryList in .Net targets. The documentation doesnâ€™t mention it doesnâ€™t work. The workshops indicate that it isnâ€™t supported. The engineers indicate that it does work, but only for PBLs containing only datawindows.
- Some utility to convert DataWindows back to an older release number, for example PB 11 back to PocketBuilder.
- Want to be able to generated PDF into memory rather than having to go to a file first.
- Want PowerBuilder and PowerBuilder to be combined it a single product.
- Since PowerBuilder does WebForms, put some running samples out there.
- Support transaction pooling for WebForms (ADO.Net supports this)
- Provide obscuration utility.
- Ability to create web services from XSD.
- PowerBuilder API for third party utilities
- Ability to import non-datawindows using LibraryImport
There was also a comment that Sybase should do more to reach out to people who develop commercial applications. Finally, there was a mention that a lot of people donâ€™t know about newsgroups (though it wasn't clear if the reference was to the Sybase newsgroups or some that ISUG offers).
Once again a boxed lunch was made available for the last lunch. It's a bit weird this year, because there are still afternoon sessions. I seem to remember there not being additional sessions in the afternoon of the last day in prior years. If there are, I'm thinking that a normal lunch would be in order. On the other hand, the ISUG Enhancements Session went overtime, and so I just grabbed mine and went back into that session. There was also supposed to be an ISUG meeting during the lunch break, but I couldn't make that because I stayed in the Enhancement Session. Perhaps there wasn't an ISUG Meeting given that all the ISUG people were in the Enhancement Sessions, but I don't recall any announcements to that effect.
Deploying a Client/Server Application to .Net WinForms - Step by Step
Another interesting session. Not packed out but still well attended considering that the conference is in shut down mode.