Saturday, June 28, 2008

The PowerBuilder Developer’s Guide to TechWave

I must say, I'm impressed by the amount of information that is coming out about TechWave before the event this year. One item in particular, the PowerBuilder Developer's Guide to TechWave. In prior years, it seems that the conference de-emphasized product specific programming. Not this year. The guide is excellent for those of us who have a single track mind when attending TechWave.

And the special event is…..

Thankfully, not the House of Blues. According to the "A to Z of TechWave 2008" document, we're going over to the Wynn for a performance of Le Reve. Cool, although I personally would have preferred Spamalot.

HTC loaner program is back!

At least according to the "A to Z of TechWave 2008" document. Last year they were loaning out SmartPhones and a PDA phone. Since I already had a Cingular 8525, which is a branded version of the HTC PDA phone, I wan't personally involved in the loaner program. They were demoing the HTC Touch in their booth in the exhibit hall, but not loaning it out.

All I can say is that if the loaner program this year includes the HTC Touch Diamond, don't stand between me and the sign up booth!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Sybase video contest

Sybase is sponsoring a video contest with a first prize of $5000. All you need to do is produce and submit an original video by July 31, 2008 that shows how you’ve used Sybase software to create an innovative solution to real-world challenge.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Keynote Bingo

You've seen it on Dilbert. You may have heard about it with regard to MacWorld or the Apple World Wide Developer's Conference. Well, now it's your turn. Download the PocketBuilder version of Keynote Bingo and play along during the TechWave keynotes. See you there!


Sunday, June 22, 2008

PBL Peeper 4.0.4

New version of PBL Peeper posted. In addition to fixes:

New Features

* Report DataWindow to Variables converts a data set definition to a series of PowerScript variable declarations. This will help create custom classes that can be used to retrieve or set entire rows of values in a single dot notation operation, improving performance and memory consumption.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

PocketBuilder 2.5.1 is available

The IDE and Runtime Update for PocketBuilder, version 2.5.1 is now available on:

This EBF is for both the IDE and device side of the product. The updates include:

* Gradient background colors for windows, user objects, and picture buttons.
* Support for Tillanosoft's common file dialog box utility (much better than the default Windows one).
* Can disable database connections during builds (this code copied from PowerBuilde 11.2)
* More Vista support
* FDCC tested for Vista, Vista64, and XP
* Three new Samples - complex ones by Ian Thain
* Usability fixes to the MOP in the various painters.

In the PocketBuilder tradition, this is a "rollup" of all previous along with new bug fixes and features.

One thing to note - this is just a ZIP file - simply unzip it. No "setup.exe" or other installers to mess with...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

PowerBuilder 11.5 beta is live!

New features include:

  • DataWindow enhancements

    • New 3D graph styles

    • Gradient/Translucency

    • Tooltips

    • RichText Column Edit Style

  • Native driver for Oracle 11g

  • Native driver for Microsoft SQL Server 2008

  • Language interoperability enhancements

  • Compatibility with .NET Code Access Security (CAS) model

  • Support for native IIS 7 on Windows Vista

  • Support for strong named assemblies

  • Support for PNG image file format

  • Transaction object enhancements

    • DBError event

    • SQLPreview event

  • Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) Compliance


Monday, June 09, 2008

Vote for the ISUG 2008 Journal Awards

The ISUG 2008 Journal Award will be presented at TechWave in Las Vegas, Nevada. Please vote for your favorite articles in the "Data Management System Administration" and "Design & Development" categories. The two winning authors will receive an all-expenses paid trip to TechWave in Las Vegas, Nevada where they will be presented with their awards during one of the Keynote addresses. Vote at:

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Some interesting webcasts coming up…

Enable - Runtime Explorer for PowerBuilder
Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET

Enable - Multilingual Capabilities for PowerBuilder
Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET

Novalys - Visual Expert and Visual Guard for PowerBuilder
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET

I use Visual Expert and am still trying to find time to fully evaluate Runtime Explorer. I'd recommend these webcasts for PowerBuilder developers.