Friday, January 30, 2009

Microsoft's Plans for Windows Mobile...

Microsoft has indicating that they'll be making a major announcement in February about Windows Mobile.  Early indications are that they will announce, among other things, a narrowing of focus of the product to a selct few devices.  Not sure that bodes well for PocketBuilder, given that Windows Mobile is the only platform it currently deploys to.  Time to support SilverLight for mobile devices instead perhaps?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

DataWindow Formatting Tip

This is from Chris Werner in the Sybase newsgroups.  Someone asked if there was a way to improve the formatting of data in a grid datawindow that uses cell borders by forcing a leading or trailing space on the data.  Chris' response:
I'm not sure if it is documented behaviour but sometimes I use a blank in the format of a datawindow column to achieve what you want. For instance for right-aligned number you can use "0 " instead of "0", for left-aligned strings " [general]" works. Of course the will not work if the data is bigger than the column and cut.

Perhaps what stuns me the most is that after many years of PowerBuilder use, I had never tried this.  Great tip.

Monday, January 19, 2009

PowerBuilder Accelerated Development Tour

The PowerBuilder Accelerated Development Tour is making it's swing through the U.S.  Currently scheduled stops are Dallas and Houston, with more to be announced soon.