Many terms are born out of reality, based on observable evidence. When I hear
the term silent majority I think of a large crowd of people, sharing some
commonality, moving along peacefully without fanfare or press coverage. Maybe
the commonality is a belief, like a religious or moral conviction, or maybe
it's immutable, like race or gender. Occasionally, one in the group will
speak out, saying something that resonates with the crowd. They nod in
agreement, yet remain quiet, silent in support. That one becomes an
involuntary spokesperson for thousands just because he or she had the courage
to speak up. Studies have shown that for a particular demography each person
who speaks out actually represents a large number of people, usually in the
thousands, though the estimation varies greatly.
Frankly, I don't get a lot of concrete feedback about PBDJ. Sure, at
Last year, after migrating a client's application from PFC 5.0.02 to 6.5,
then applying some enhancements to take advantage of new features, the
program began giving the following PFC error message: "For certain
functionality the PFC DataStore requires a reference to its parent window.
One of these cases has been encountered. To let the DataStore know who its
parent window is, call the of_SetParentWindow() function after the DataStore
At first I was disturbed that the PFC developers had coupled the DataStore to
a parent object. And worse, not only a parent object, but... (more)
Another year has flown by and here we are, still cranking out
PowerBuilder-related articles as regularly as ever. This past year we've
heavily covered EAServer from the PB angle and have published at least half a
dozen articles on each new product release - including PowerBuilder 8,
PowerDesigner, and EAServer 4. This issue delves heavily in PowerJ4, but next
month we'll be back to our normal PB/EAServer content.
Hybrids Don't Always Make Sense
Over time, Sybase's PowerBuilder customers have matured from just using a
single tool to using a broad variety of tools. It's hard these d... (more)
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
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)
My goal in this article is to raise your awareness of the products available
and give you enough information to go on if you choose to investigate them.
I'll also discuss some of the main issues involved in searching for and
selecting off-the-shelf products. Finally, this article ends by listing a few
dozen products you should find useful.
What's Out There?
Often the only products that are well known are the ones for which large
amounts are spent on advertising, which often translates into a high-price
tag. It's a paradox of capitalism. For a company to get its product noticed,