Monday, August 26, 2013

Update on the petition to SAP regarding #PowerBuilder

The petition for SAP to do something positive with regard to PowerBuilder is doing well.   We've just passed 1,500 signatures, which was the latest goal.  I've revised the goal to 2,000 signatures and changed the goal deadline to October 21st.  That's the first day of SAP TechEd in Las Vegas.  It is our intent to meet with SAP management at that event and provide them with the signed petition as well as additional information we believe may be able to convince SAP to take more interest in the product.

If you are a PowerBuilder developer and you haven't signed the petition yet, please do so and pass the information along to other PowerBuilder developers you may know that may not know about it.  You do not need a Facebook account to sign the petition.  Instead, you can create a account directly at:

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Using the Google Geocoding API from PowerBuilder.Net

I'm running a petition on, and I wanted to do some geographic analysis of the results. gives me information about the signers with regard to their name, email address, country and zip code.  The country information was useful for doing the first phase of the analysis, which I wrote about in the Lumira space.  However, I wanted to do a bit more fine grained analysis, and that means I needed to convert that zip code information into something more directly useful (e.g., city, county and state for the United States).  There's 1500 data points though, so I need an automated method.  Google Geogoding API to the rescue.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

How to compile and deploy a PowerBuilder Win32 application

The lastest video I provided for the SAP Database and Technology Academy.

I use the sample application (pbtutor) that comes with PowerBuilder for the demonstration.  I'm also using the PBR Builder utility that was shipped with PowerBuilder 5 and is available from Sybase's CodeXchange.  Note that I had to update it though, as PowerBuilder 5 used the PB.INI file to store information about targets and PowerBuilder 12.5 uses the repository.  The updated version of the utility is available from by PowerBuilder Samples folder on Google Drive.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Thursday, August 01, 2013

What do you want out of the #PowerBuilder Developer’s Conference?

The following is an editorial that I originally prepared for the April edition of the PowerBuilder Developer's Journal.  The material is getting a bit dated, but I though some of it was worthwhile, so I'm posting it here.