Friday, December 20, 2013

PowerBuilder User Group Germany

These are my notes from the PowerBuilder User Group meeting in Walldorf Germany on December 3, 2013, originally posted on my personal blog site.

Robyn Chan - Senior Vice President - Head of Mobile Platform
Michael Redford - PMP Business Information Technology, Products and Innovation

PowerBuilder 15
  • 32 and 64 bit support
  • OData
  • SQL 2012
  • Oracle 12
  • Windows 8
  • .Net 4.5
  • Dockable Windows

Beta builds are ready now, but access to it is still being figured out.

  • PB 15+
    • Open APIs eg objects like ORCA, IDE infrastructure/painter, build process
    • Hana XSE support for PowerScript ( XSE is their JavaScript like app server language)
    • HANA Cloud (HEC, Neo AWS) and on premise options
  • Evaluating
    • RDL (River Definition Language) support for PowerScript (intermediate layer, platform agnostic)
    • WebApp Toolkit for multi-channel development (internal name - not announced yet, web based IDE, AppDesigner, AppBuilder, the latter was developed by the PowerBuilder team to create mobile apps, SAP UI5 -- HTML5)
    • Client SDKs for NVOs - Typical PB app is 30% business logic in the client.  The audience thought it was a lot higher.

PowerBuilder.Net versus PowerBuilder Client
  • Looking at trying to get into one IDE

Plan to support JavaScript in IDE
  • Yes, that was what support for XSE was intended to convey

EAServer - what happened to NetWeaver integration
  • Couldn't put on slide - Looking at migrating PASP to Netweaver - probably wouldn't focus on other app servers

What about support contracts
  • That's one of the big questions they're working on.   The other is that existing SAP customers have an S-user account.  They're trying to figure out how to automatically give people S-user accounts so they can access the beta without going through the S-user creation process.

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