Sometimes this job is a real headache, and at other times, it's a lot of fun.
This month was fun. Instead of searching for writers for the focus topic,
PowerDesigner 8, I was able to quickly line up four solid PD8 articles plus
the usual mixture of other topics. Why was it so easy? Excitement. A lot of
people are excited about this new version and what it can do. Sybase has
finally jumped into the object design arena with a solid effort, not to
mention the entirely new code base and more powerful interface. Now you can
have one tool for all your designs, from database to objects. That's enough
to throw object designers into a frenzy and stir DBAs from their slumber.
For an overview of new PD8 features see "Power Designer 8.0 Beta" (PBDJ, Vol.
8, issue 2). In this month's issue you'll find a message about PD8 directly
from Sybase. Also, our focus article delves into O... (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)
At work, Lisa takes advantage of her employer's dedicated T-3 to quickly
access live NASDAQ quotes via a Java applet stock ticker. She spends each day
alternating between development work and day trading. Soon to be rich, she
dreams of early retirement and a life filled with leisure activities and day
trading at home. Back at home her lack of patience and 56K connection make
day trading a painfully slow torture. Java and 56K aren't meant to be
Unfortunately, most of the 50 million regular Internet users worldwide are
ecstatic if they can even achieve 56K. High-speed co... (more)
This year's TechWave was a marked improvement over the last few years.
Overall I'd have to say that 1994 and 1995 were the best Sybase Tools
conferences ever. Since then their value to me has declined, though they were
still worth the time and money. The two areas in which I've been disappointed
in past years were the technical sessions and Sybase's inability to
communicate their vision. TechWave 2000 contrasted sharply.
Most markedly, in 1997 and 1998, rather than having a good mix of beginner to
advanced topics, I found the sessions to be too basic, though undoubtedly ... (more)
I recently received feedback from a reader regarding the content and
direction of PBDJ. He was concerned that the number of articles on
PowerBuilder client/server was decreasing. He is correct.
As I've noted in past editorials, our content covers all of EAStudio and
focuses on new features and uses for PowerBuilder. That means there's an
emphasis on n-tier development with many articles on EAServer, PowerJ, and
distributed development concepts. We know there are many PowerBuilder
developers who aren't yet doing distributed development; our goal is to
publish articles in each iss... (more)