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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)

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)

Olympic Planning

Though I’m from California, I’ve been living in Utah for the last five years. We moved here for a project in 1996, intending to stay only until the project was over. That project ended over two years ago, yet we’re still living south of Salt Lake City. During the last five years we’ve had the opportunity to see the planning and preparation for the recent winter Olympics. We also took the opportunity to go to several events including the short track speed skating. I’m a new fan of that sport, enjoying its strategies, frequent crashes, and disqualifications. The airport, downtown ... (more)

PB9: Fish on Tour

PB9 is looking good! Beta testing is underway and the release date is fast approaching. Officially, Sybase states that PB9 will be released in the first half of 2003, but all indications show that it will be in the first half of that broad time frame. Dave Fish, the primary PowerBuilder technical evangelist, is evangelizing at every opportunity. In October, he hosted several Webcasts entitled "PowerBuilder 9.0 Technical Overview - The Future Keeps Getting Brighter!" Fish is touring the U.S. demonstrating the great new features of PB9 at Sybase User Groups, seminars, and conferenc... (more)

A Time to Give

Wow, another year has passed. Time flies when you're having fun or you're busy. I'm both. Having fun is always good but being busy is both a blessing and a curse. As a consultant, I have very little employment security. Even those employed by consulting companies are only as secure as their current project. Being out of work occasionally is to be expected and, sometimes, the unemployment period can be long. When consultants have work they tend not to take vacations, but instead make hay while the sun shines. The problem is that when the sun shines for a long time, especially if i... (more)