As with Elevate 2020, it was online (and free) in 2021. Given the way that COVID mutates, they're currently planning on doing Elevate 2022 virtual as well.
Once again the registration was done through the Appeon website. I'm still waiting for the option to select several sessions and get a single ICS file for all the sessions. Minor inconvenience. It occurred to me this year that I'd also like to be able to see all the available sessions in a calendar format to help me pick and choose between sessions that are running concurrently. Also not a biggie, just a convenience.
Armeen Mazda discussed PowerBuilder in a Post Pandemic Future, where he talked about how PowerServer enables PowerBuilder apps to be moved in a more modern, more flexible architecture. He also stressed that enhancements are in the works for customers who will be sticking with a client/server approach.
4 focus areas in enhancements: Core Features, Dev Productivity, Modern UI and Cloud.
In the Cloud category, enhancements include faster performance and unified debugging as well as support for Kubernetes.
Chris Pollach then did a sneak peak of PowerBuilder 2022. He demoed the new tabbed interface, the resizable dialogs, regular expressions in the search. the jump option and debugging deployed PowerServer code.
After the keynote rhere was a 30 minute break before the 1 hour Chat Cafe, but many of us headed over there early and started chatting.
All of the breakout sessions included a 10 minute Q&A chat afterwards. The slides and sample code (if any) were also immediately available from the resources area of the page.
Next up was "Creating Build and Release Pipelines Using OrcaScript in Azure DevOps" by Miller Rhodes of Intertech Consulting. Quite interesting, as I hadn't gotten that far into Azure yet. His samples were based on OrcaScript and the PBC compiler. The new AutoBuild option in PowerBuilder 2021 should make it even simplier. I then watched as much of "Step by Step: Migrating PowerScript Functionality to a RESTful Web API to Store/Read Compressed PDF Documents" by Alex Riofrio of DORA Sistemas as I could. The issue is that my first session as a presenter started about 10 minutes before the end of Alex's session. My first (and only) session as a presenter for Monday was "PowerServer 2021: Adapting Database Logins". Then it was off to watch "Data Visualization Using the PowerBuilder Datawindow Control" by Buck Woolley of Dw-eXtreme. He demoed a graphical network editor he created. As always, I'm blown away with what he's able to do with a DataWindow.
That was my last live session of the day, but I went back and watched a replay of the "PFC 'Lite' - Stripping Down the PFC" session my Matthew Balent of Concentra. That one ran concurrent with the session I was presenting, so I wasn't able to watch it live. What's great about the Youtube streaming is that the sessions are available on Youtube immediately after they end. For the keynotes I was able to see the chat that occurred during the live session as well, but that doesn't seem to be enabled for the breakout sessions.