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 announcements. This year, the planets have aligned, and solar activity is
at its height: the four major Sybase tools products each have a major new
release! Yes, I'd say the excitement level will be very high this year.
Sybase announced the general availability of PowerBuilder 8 on June 12 and ... (more)
A few years ago Brian Wesselink took over as director of Sybase's North
America Education. Brian received a B.S. in mathematics from Central College
in Iowa in 1969 and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Florida State University in
1973. He was an associate professor of mathematics and computer science at
the College of Charleston until 1983, at which time he joined Wang
Laboratories, holding various management positions within customer education.
He joined the customer education organization at Sybase in 1995, and became
its director in 1999.
I recently had the opportunity to speak wi... (more)
Can Sybase breath new life into PowerJ? We'll know soon. Next month PowerJ
4.0 will be released. It will contain many new features and promises to be
more stable than prior versions. Though the new features will be welcome,
it's more important that the features already there can be trusted to work as
they are intended to. That's my main hope.
PowerJ never received the acceptance Sybase hoped it would when they first
envisioned the product in the mid- to late-'90s. PowerJ was targeted at Java
client development, and its features were heavily weighted toward GUI
building. It was, ... (more)
For Sybase TechWave 2002 at the San Diego Convention Center, the PowerBuilder
team has been getting ready to show off some of the next-generation
capabilities currently under development for PowerBuilder 9.0.
They've been busy developing Web, distributed, and client/server capabilities
that will further your development needs. These new features are an
indication of the brighter future that's in store for PowerBuilder as we move
forward with its evolution. If you're at TechWave, be sure to swing by the
PowerBuilder booth or Technology Boardwalk area in the exhibition hall to see ... (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)