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Another TechWave issue? You bet! In addition to our content changing to flow with the currents of technology, our schedule is also changing. We've been moving up the schedule each month with the goal of getting on the magazine racks by the first of the month rather than the middle, which has been the case for quite some time. The July issue was going to be the TechWave issue because we hadn't anticipated having the August issue ready by July 30. After getting July out earlier than expected, we went full speed ahead on this issue and I'm now proud to say we're back on schedule. Both the July and August issues are being given out to all TechWave 2000 attendees. Like the July issue, this issue is filled with quality articles. From Bob Hendry's intro column to Mike Barlotta's advanced EAServer topics, we have something for everyone. Don't miss Dan Weisberg's two-part art... (more)

TechWave 2000

Each year the Sybase conference gives me a good excuse to visit friends in Florida, catch some rays, go to amusement parks and take a break from my clients. I usually arrive on Friday or Saturday and stay until the following Sunday. That's nine days for a four-day conference; plenty of time to enjoy my former stomping grounds. However, during the four days of the conference I'm all business...sort of. You might find me at Jelly's Piano Bar or in one of the many restaurants - but even those times are meant for networking. The rest of the time I'll be taking advantage of this once-... (more)

When the Planets Align?

Another year, another conference. The Sybase conference is like clockwork. You can set your calendar by it. Sure, it moves around some, but it's always there. A guaranteed week of "vacation" away from my clients. Hard-core development replaced by sun, fun, and lots of elbow rubbing. It's always enjoyable, even though my levels of excitement and interest in the conferences may vary. Some are great, some are hot. And some are not. Last year was okay, but there wasn't a whole lot to be excited about. Being a Sybase tools aficionado, I get excited by new releases, new features, new ... (more)

Advanced WebDW HTML Generation

Okay, so I've been promoting the inclusion of PB client/server articles, yet here I am writing about the Web DataWindow. Don't stop reading! This article applies to all PB developers, whether n-tier or client/server. That said, I now have to prove that this article is important to client/server developers.... Here's my angle: HTML has become a standard beyond Web development. People doing work unrelated to the Web, even nonprogrammers, need to learn the basics of HTML. Here's an example: I'm a consultant and I invoice my customers using QuickBooks. When I generate my invoices I ... (more)

Cause and Effect

Do you remember where you were on March 30, 1981, when John Hinckley attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan? What about on January 28, 1986, when the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff? When I was younger the question was, "Where were you when Kennedy was shot?" Unfortunately, our generation has many more recent events we can ask that question about: the Beirut barracks bombing, the World Trade Center, and now the space shuttle Columbia. I had the great fortune of working on space shuttle parts and repair systems back in 1995 at NASA's Shuttle Logistics D... (more)